Help with Bersa Thunder Problem

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by King Red, Apr 19, 2008.

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  1. King Red

    King Red Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Hi, my brother has a Bersa Thunder chambered in .380 I believe. He told me that the lever used to take the gun down for cleaning is stuck and will not rotate. I do not own a Bersa and I have not seen the gun yet, so I was wondering if anybody here has experienced this problem and how it might be fixed.

    I could diagnose a 1911, Springfield XD, and many other guns, but I know nothing about the Bersas.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. txcoyote

    txcoyote Member

    Oct 13, 2004
    Go over to http://bersachapterhouse.50webs.com/ for a disassembly guide or to bersatalk.com for questions. There's a resident Bersa Warranty gunsmith at Bersatalk.com . Good luck
  3. KyJim

    KyJim Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    I can't think of much that can go wrong. The Bersa is about the simplest pistol to field strip there is. Check to make sure it is not loaded. Use the decocking/safety lever on the left to lower the hammer. Pull slide back and rotate the slide release lever on the right side to the downward position. Pull the slide back a bit further and lift off the rails. It literally takes five seconds. The slide release lever or latch does not come out when field stripping.

    If stuck trying to reassemble, I would suggest he hasn't gotten the frame seated back on the rails correctly. This can be just a tad tricky. Take it back off and try it again. Other than that, I don't know.
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