Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jrbaker90, Dec 18, 2014.
Not familiar with the double stacks.
The 2 were reliable, just didn't fill the need here.
As mentioned, they use a gas-operated ("blowback") system, which can produce a little more perceived recoil than an identically-balanced and weighted gun with a recoil-operated system.
The Thunder also uses the once-normal DA/SA trigger operation, so the hammer, cocked after chambering the first round, can be lowered, and the gun fired from that state. Each subsequent shot would be fired from the lighter, hammer-cocked, state.
The finish on these tends to be fairly Spartan and lackluster, usually a matte-black painted finish on black models. The frame is aluminum, and the slide, steel. The gun balances well in most hands (a higher-capacity "Thunder Plus" model that fills the hand even more is available) and I find it easily-controlled, and surprisingly reliable with all kinds of old and new ammo I've run through mine. Pretty accurate as well. I'm glad to own mine.
In a nutshell, I'll give it thumbs up for: excellent reliability, good balance, crisp trigger (especially in SA-mode), three-dot sights, generous beavertail, easy takedown, and value.
I'd give it a thumbs down for: lackluster finish (though it does keep cost down), budget-feeling plastic grip stocks, and (to some people) excessive size for the caliber.
All around good gun.
They also have a 22 version of the same gun.
I picked one up for cheaper plinking.
I prefer the SAO trigger on those two - as in the 1911.
I'll just echo what everyone else has said.
I have a Thunder 22, a Thunder 380, and a Thunder 9 UC.
All three are reliable as all heck,,,
And none broke the bank to purchase them.
The Thunder 22 has seen three people qualify for their carry permit,,,
I've "sold" so many, Bersa should give me a commission.
http://bersachat.com Hit the 7000 member mark .today.
I have several hundred rounds through it since this problem. If it makes it a couple of hundred more, it will go back into my rotation.
All the newer 380 Thunders(last 10 years or so) have a firing pin-block again making it safe to carry round in chamber hammer down ready to fire .
At present I have 3 Bersa Thunders in house. My 2 9mm UC Bersa have moved on to others in my family that need a pistol.
Bersa are sold world wide . Warranty work on those sold in USA is really very small . Internet make it seem a lot larger as 1 person will post his dissatisfaction on many boards. Then every time he see a question asked about a Bersa. I find this also hold true for any brand Be it Bersa, KelTec ,Taurus, Para, Colt. One bad get years of I had one and was junk from that X owner on net
I took this out of the box, loaded it up and these are the first rounds out.
I have a BT 380 and CC.
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