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Bersa Thunder .45 Ultra-Compact

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by dust_101, Mar 22, 2007.

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  1. dust_101

    dust_101 Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Question - anyone own this? Any thoughts on it? Reliable? Problems with X? Got a line on a used one that I can put through some paces before buying, but wanted to see what to look out for in this model. Any advice from owners (or critics) would help! Thanks.
  2. cold dead hands

    cold dead hands member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Well... kinda sorta...

    I honestly cannot tell you about the performance of Bersa's .45, but I have pawed one over quite thoroughly and it is a well made arm considering the price. Now my redemption as far this thread is concerned. I didn't buy a .45 because it is about the same size as my Para Warthog which happens to be a 10+1 shot vs. 6 or 7+1 shot, but it cost nearly double the Bersa. However, I loved the design of the Bersa so much that I purchased 13+1 shot full size .40 S&W Thunder 40.

    This pistol has been fantastic except that I took the hammer mechanism apart to adjust the thumb safety because it was hard to engage. It disengaged fine, but putting it back into safe required two hands, so a punch and file work later, a gun that works just the way I want it to. Do not attempt this if you cannot handle many small parts that love to move about.

    Now, as to the shooting, my gun does shoot about 1 to 2 inches low and to the right at 7 yards. Since this is my bedtime gun and not my carry gun, I do not worry about the accuracy because there no shots in my house further out than 30 feet max.

    Basically, if you want that .45, go for it!

    MICHAEL T Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    outback Kentucky
  4. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Bozeman, MT
    No experience with the .45 but my 9mms have been excellent.
    I bought a T9 UC and was so impressed that I bought a Fullsize T9 as well and then a Firestorm Mini 9 (same gun made by Bersa).
    The only malfunctions I have had were when I didn't clean my Fullsize for 1k rnds and had 1 Failure to Feed. My UC malfed when I shot it underhand with my pinkie finger and the slide hit my palm cutting me nicely.
    The triggers on all three of mine have very nice and smooth out nicely after some shooting.
    The only down sides are that the finish on the black models isn't the greatest and the mags cost $40 to $50 and they only ship with one mag.
    IMO the Bersa line is a much underappreciated firearm much like CZs use to be.
    Try out that .45, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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