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Bersa, Thunder .380 Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Patriot2112, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Patriot2112

    Patriot2112 Member

    My wife is transitioning her carry weapon from a .38 Special to a brand new Bersa, My wife is also transitioning her carry weapon from a .38 Special to a brand new Bersa, Thunder .380. She didn't want to spend a lot of money so close to Christmas so a trusted gun dealer assured me it was a good quality weapon well suited to concealed carry. After the range visit I think I feel pretty good. We ran about 400 rounds through it. It was lots of fun to shoot and never malfunctioned. Can anyone comment on the brand? Can I trust it as my wife's carry weapon??? The trigger pull was very smooth and the model we purchased has the poly grips made to fit your hand. Accuracy was excellent for such a short barrel.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The .380 is kind of a step down from a .38 Special.
    What was wrong with it?

  3. jdgabbard

    jdgabbard Member

    I own the duo-tone model. Awesome little gun. Though not as powerful as the .38spl, I do on occasion carry it. Though mostly in in BUGout bag as a backup. I typically carry a j-frame size .38 or a full size .40 as a primary. Some times a K-frame .357mag.

    But the Bersa is a good little gun, excellent accuracy, and a very good feel in the hand.
  4. KenRocks

    KenRocks Well-Known Member

    I bought one a few months ago...got the itch, and academy happened to have one for under $250 OTD.

    Ive taken it to the range twice and put maybe 150 rounds through it...no malfunctions of any kind. Feels nice in my hand and the trigger is smooth, as you said. I'm not particularly accurate with it, is my only complaint...

    It currents rides around in my truck, in case I happen to not be carrying anything else. I figure, for $250, I won't have to mourn too long if something terrible happens to it.
  5. marriedguy1

    marriedguy1 Well-Known Member

    The only thing I can tell you about it is that it is a good, accurate, fun to shoot gun. My best friend has one and we shot the snot out of it one afternoon and it never hiccuped. The price was great and it was easy to shoot.
  6. Fumbler

    Fumbler Well-Known Member

    I've got the Duotone and have never had any problems.

    I'd say it's the best NEW gun at the $200 mark.
    Definately good quality.

    The 38 Spcl is a better round. Maybe they just like the platform more.
    I shoot my Bersa much better than any snub nose.
  7. Exmasonite

    Exmasonite Well-Known Member

    i love my bersa .380. I'm confident at self defense ranges that my shot placement with that accurate little beast will make up for any shortcomings people (not me) may have about the round (and the 6 subsequent ones to follow).
  8. Lumberjack98

    Lumberjack98 Member

    I have one and typically use it as my carry gun. I've had no issues with it.
  9. SCBradley

    SCBradley Well-Known Member

    I used to have the concealed carry model. I put about 5-600 rounds through it of several different manufacturers. It ran without a glitch. As I recall, it grouped S&B FMJ the best.
    I only sold it because I'm not that big a handgunner, and it was an impulse buy. Probably should have kept it and put it in the wife's glove compartment in case of emergency.
  10. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member

    Bt 380

    I have had my BT 380 in basic black for over a year and have put over 800 rounds of about everything 380 downrange with zero, I say zero defects.

    Although I found it too heavy for pocket carry, my main MO it spends most of its time as my truck gun. I like the 9+1 mag and carry a couple spares. I keep it primed with Golden Saber 102 gr.
    It shoots nicely and has never let me down.

    There is a great BERSA Forum website if you are seeking like and kind afficianados, of which there are many. BERSA is a great value.

    Here's mine.

  11. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Well-Known Member

    I've fired one a few times. Nice little gun. Great for the ladies. If only they came in lefty and external safety, my friend's wife would probably have gotten one.
  12. Mulliganpaintdee

    Mulliganpaintdee Well-Known Member

    I actually just went to the range and shot 150 rounds through my friends Bersa thunder and I thought it was a pretty good shooting gun, though it is picky about its ammo. The best ammo I used for it so far independance 90 grain fjp. Not one problem out of 100 rounds with those, the other cartridges were american eagles or something like at 95 grain and every mag would jam, horrible ammo for that gun
  13. jlpskydive

    jlpskydive Well-Known Member

    My wife carries one and loves it. I bought her a J frame that she didn't like and would not carry. So as the saying goes a Bersa in the purse is better than a J frame in the safe. We have put several hundreds of rounds through it with no malfunctions and the recoil is soooo light that follow up shots are very easy.
  14. RTFM

    RTFM member

    My wife bought a Thunder .380 as her first gun.
    While we never had any issues or functioning problems, it was punishing on both our hands.
    It kept biting in to the web of our shooting hands where the thumb joins the body of our hands.
    Biting may be the wrong word... no lost skin, but the blow back / recoil in to the web area was uncomfortable.

    She sold/traded it for a .38SP S&W 642

    And as others have said, the .38SP is a better round than .380 for personal defence.


  15. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    I have the Bersa Thunder .380 in nickel. There are no issues what-so-ever. No malfunstions, no recoil problem, no take down and reassembly difficulties.

    All in a just a great underappreciate little gun.

    Very accurate to boot!
  16. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Don't own one, but have shot a few different Bersas (Thanks to the guys in my informal group, The Cheap Galoots).

    Very good firearm at a reasonable price...accurate, well-made, inexpensive, goes Bang! every time
  17. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

  18. Crow1108

    Crow1108 Well-Known Member

    Friend of mine has had several problems with his, which were quality control issues (hammer catching on the slide on it's return trip, causing it not to go fully into battery for one), but Bersa had no problem repairing it for him every time. Good customer service.
  19. DougW

    DougW Well-Known Member

    I have 2, one which is with me all the time (the other is about 5 feet away). Never had an issue with either. The wife and I requalified for our CHL 5 years ago with the Thunder 380's. I figured we should qualify with our carry pieces and we both did fine. About the best investment in a pistol I have made. When my daughter moves to her new place, she will take a Thunder along with her S&W Modle 10.
  20. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

    Oh and before I forget, a good leather holster for a 3" 1911 (single stack) style works great for the Bersa 380 and 380 Concealed carry.

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