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Bersa thunder 380

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JSpear, Oct 24, 2011.

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  1. JSpear

    JSpear Member

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    A friend has a bersa thunder 380 he wants to get ride of for $200, it's in great shape, and shoots well, I would like to know from those who own one, is it a good gun? Decent for CC, reliable, and other basic stuff. thanks in advance!
     
  2. Jeb21

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    It is an excellent gun, far better in my opinion than the current crop of Walther PPk from Smith. If the weapon is in good shape then I would go for it.
     
  3. JERRY

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    get it! they are a best kept secret for now..........
     
  4. MedWheeler

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    Countless thread material here on them, nearly all of which is positive. It's heavier and bigger than the "keychain" guns, so it's not quite as easy to concealed-carry, but that extra size and heft makes it much better a fighting pistol than they are. Go for it. Mine has been great. I carried it exclusively for nearly two years. Two Benjamins is fair.
     
  5. torrejon224

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    Owned one and wished I had kept it. Perefct size for the .380 and makes shooting it fun say compared to the Ruger LCP or KelTec P3AT which hurt like hell to fire. Solid, well built and the trigger isn't bad either. Go for it!
     
  6. .338Sako

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    I have owned two, both great guns! I sold the single stack mag version and bought the double stack mag(16 rounds). never ever had a problem with either. The s stack mag had around 350 rounds through it without a hitch. The d stack mag has had about 50 run through it no problems. Sounds like a good deal. Wears good on the ankle. Good luck!
     
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    the finish is a little rough, I just think that it's how they hide them from the wider market.

    If they polished them a bit more there wouldn't be enough to go around!

    My old man's EDC when he's not carrying a CZ-82. it took about 200 rounds to smooth out, (grip is a bit small for us as well) but it's been flawless since. Good action.

    I like what I've gotten out of his .380 enough to keep teasing myself with the .45 acp, slightly larger framed one at the LGS.
     
  8. ArchAngelCD

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    If it's such a good gun ask your friend why he's getting rid of it.

    I'm not a fan of Bersa or any of the guns made in Brazil. There are other options out there which are better.
     
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    Thought they were Argentine, ArchAngel.

    Hmmn, wonder if my fondness for Bersa has any roots in shooting the Argentine Mauser when I was younger.
     
  10. bikerdoc

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    I got mine for 200 also, great weapon that has functioned flawlessly.

    And this is fron a CZ snob
     
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    I liked mine so much that I decided to get another to keep it company. Go for it.
     
  12. JSpear

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    Thanks every one for your input!! I am going to buy it!! I will post how it does at the range in like a week or so. Oh, and the reason he is selling it is that he and his wife are about to have their second child and the extra cash would help. Thanks again all!
     
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    I would suggest shooting it before buying it. For some reason, the bottom of the grip seems to bite my hand a bit when I shoot it. Feels good just holding it, but firing it is different.
     
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    $200? Buy it!!! Great little guns for the price.
     
  15. DAdams

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    Great shooter. I have over 800 trouble free rounds through mine.

    Watch the grip screw and rear sight screw. They tend to loosen and need checking each time you clean them.

    There is a good BERSA Forum around.

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    Here is mine with and extended magazine in place.
     
  16. JimKirk

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    I bought one for my wife ... that guns shoots very well... so does the wife...I would not want to be a target. We've put a couple hundred rounds thru it and no problems with it so far... it was a little rough to start ... with but has slickened up very well. Magazines are kinda pricey... but no more than some of the other guns out there....
     
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    I enjoy plinking with my Bersa .380 but choose 624 and M&Pc for CC. If I carried .380 it would be P3AT for the small size.

    $200 for the Thunder is a good price for a good gun. You won't regret it.
     
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    $200 seems like a good deal. Get it.

    My wife loves her Bersa Thunder 380. So do I. Thinking about getting a 9mm version.
     
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    Bersa Thunder UltraCompact Pro Duotone in 9mm

    I took a Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact Pro Duotone 9mm in trade for an old shotgun. I assumed (there is that dreaded word) I had traded for a junk gun.

    About that time I purchased a Sig Sauer P226 and wanted to fire it. Took the Bersa to just see if it would fire and was reliable. I LOVE THE DANG THING. It is now my conceal carry.

    I have the 13 + 1 version, over 3000 rounds through it, some old ammunition and to this point never a miss feed, miss fire or fail to eject. There is one caution. Use only Bersa manufactured magazines.

    A friend purchased an identical weapon on my recommendation, but purchased two Pro Mag magazines.
    Terrible miss feed problems, switch to my Bersa magazines, no problems.

    There also is no easier weapon to disassemble and maintain.
     
  20. JSpear

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    I've now got my new weapon. I have looked it over from front to back, it has had very little use, my friend has only put like 50 rounds down range, so he says, but there is no slide wear, everything looks brand new on it, I have cleaned it all the thro, every nook and crany, almost no residue, I think I just got a steal!! I'll be going to the range in like a week to 2 weeks, I will post a rNge report on this gun, thank you to all how have commented, you help with my decision, and I think I've got a great deal for a even better price!
     
  21. JSpear

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    By the way, if you have more info, please post, I'm alwYs trying to learn more!
     
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    I am really interested in these pistols. I have handled them at gun stores along side similar sig and walther models and the Bersa was more comfortable and solid than both. The controls were more accessable as well. I would love to take one to the range. please give a Range report asap. I have quite a few points on my cabelas card to use. haha.
     
  23. DallasCop2566

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    It is made in Argentina, not Brazil.
     
  24. Dnaltrop

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    Just bear in mind it may need a bit more breaking in, My old man's .380 had some feed issues for the first 3 boxes of rounds when shooting SB.

    After the 4th box, hasn't been a hiccup since. Side by side it eats rounds as well as the CZ-82 that it mimics. (Also an iconic Carry gun in the same price range )
     
  25. JSpear

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    I will post a range report, it'll be two weeks, but I will put 200 rounds thro, I'll let y'all know as soon as I do!! And thanks for all the help!!
     
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