Bersa Thunder 380 Reviews

Discussion in 'Pistols' started by KQuark, May 14, 2006.

  1. KQuark

    KQuark New Member

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    Great gun for the performance and money? I bought this gun for my wife and it is a perfect weapon for a lady. She had no problem shooting accurately the first time she fired the gun. Minimal recoil and operation is a breeze. I would recommend it for men for conceal cary as well. I plan to buy the gold edition model for myself once I can find one.
     
  2. KQuark

    KQuark New Member

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    This gun is great for women and men. The gun is reliable and very easy to shoot. I am a young women who uses the Bersa 380 as a purse gun for personnal protection. The fact that the gun will not fire with the clip out and a round in the chamber is a great safety feature for purse carry.
     

  3. JBBooks

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    I just bought the nickel-plated Thunder .380 and have not had a chance to fire it yet, but I have a comment: the safety is super-tight! It takes two hands to decock the pistol. A neighbor has a blued one and has the same comment. Anyone else notice this? Does it get better (like a Makarov) with usage?
     
  4. larryndallas

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    Been shooting a series 95 for years. Never had any issues until recently. Broke a trigger spring, which the warranty covered and it works as good as ever. Very please with the the 95 and I can only expect the newer models to be just as reliable. Only complaint... the grips suck and there are few after market grips available. I was told that the Firestorm grips will fit the Series 95... i ordered... so we shall see.
     
  5. youngun

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    I have had my Bersa for a little over a year now, and have put well over 1000 rounds downrange with only a handful of jams--all user error. I have found that this gun has only jammed if I "limp-wrist"" while rapid-firing. Given, this should not be the manner in which one is shooting a gun in the first place, but I wanted to put the pistol through the runnings. Overall, I am very pleased. The gun is very comfortable to hold and shoot, the beavertail above the grip prevents any biting unlike my previous pistols, and the ribbed aluminum along the forward aspect of the grip is very convenient to ensure a good hold. I have fired ball, flat-tipped, and hollow point ammo, and have had not trouble with either. I bought the Bersa for its size and concealability. I carry mine daily, anywhere my larger Sig is too conspicuous. Overall, I highly recommend this as a backup, or even primary Conceal & Carry to anyone interested in a good close range self defense gun. "
     
  6. bluesfitz

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    Ive been carrying my thunder 380 for 2 years now. I trust it with my life. With well over 1500 rds downrange of all kinds of ammo including almost 200 rounds of Cor-bon + p. Never a problem for me. However, my 12 year old will limp wrist a few FTEs. Im going to buy another one soon to replace this one. I havent a bad thing to say about this gun.
     
  7. namara

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    I recently purchased a copy of the Bersa 380 for my wife.

    She usually carries a Ruger 101 and wanted a firearm that was easier on her to carry. We went to a trusted dealer who suggested the Bersa. My wife and I shot the demo liked it and bought a new out of the box firearm. We took all of that horrid grease off of it and proceeded to become aquatinted with our new friend. It turned on us rather quickly.



    Although the gun feels wonderful, points and shoots really, really well, it is NOT reliable in my humble opinion. It Jams! My armor blamed me of course and even told me I had put the recoil spring on backwards. Fine. After he corrected my mistake the gun still jammed. We tried different shooters, different magazines and different ammo. The gun jammed. I love firearms, I am blessed with a wife that likes them too. We both find it hard to part with them. The folks who sold us the firearm were kind enough to buy it back from us because we were so unhappy with it. Now people that is a class act.

    As for the gun? A gun is a friend, and with a Bersa who needs enemies?
     
  8. gunnutz

    gunnutz Well-Known Member

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    I picked up my new 380 thunder yesterday, fired 100 rounds of ball ammo with it today. Had one round fail to feed, Ill chalk that up to being new and stiff! I am impressed, the gun is accurate, I shot fast, slow, single action, and full mag. with one in the barrel (8 rounds), Ive read comments about the trigger pull, its fine for me! I think Im going to enjoy this gun.
     
  9. Chefjb

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    I own several handguns, among them is this Bersa Thunder 380. If I am not mistaken I think I paid less then $200 for it. It has proved to be a very good shoting pistol at the range a few hundred rounds through it and it holds it own. I think it is a excellent ccw handgun as it conceals very well.I recently gave this pistol to my wife, well she kind of swipped it from me as she really likes it and enjoys shooting it. For anyone 1 looking for a inexpensive but Not cheap pistol either as a backup or to just add to your collection I would recommend this little 380. It does what it is suppose to do and does it well enough. Happy Shooting.
     
  10. namara

    namara Well-Known Member

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    Che.. and Gun...





    I remain a very negative on this gun.



    Namara <---- Know Nuttin
     
  11. gunnutz

    gunnutz Well-Known Member

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    To each, his own........
     
  12. gunnutz

    gunnutz Well-Known Member

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    To each, his own........
     
  13. gunnutz

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    Total 300 rounds with my 380 to date, not a glitch! Of 300 rounds one round failed to feed. Beats my Kimber silly! If I was lucky 6 of 7 rounds would feed.
     
  14. IEDmagnet

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    I think Im in love. I bought this little gun for $220 and I couldnt be more pleased. Im more of a .45 person but this itty bitty .380 is my guily pleasure at the range. After 100 rounds of practice and some skill you will be turing heads at the range, literaly. It put round after round through center mass of my target paper that was pinned on a plywood board. Afterwards the plywood board had a hole you could fit a baseball through. Your fellow shooters will look at you as if youve prefomed some elaborate magic trick. It worked perfectly with almost all ammo I could get my hands on but it didnt seem to like blazer ammo. This is due to the almost strait line a bullet travels from the top of the magazine to the barrel, VERY reliable feeding even with the odd shaped COR-BON hollow points. The bluing finish wont come off even when lightly scrached. When fireing in double action you can hear the clicks of the pistol cocking the hammer ( this is normal in all double action pistols) but you absolutly can not feal it in the trigger, its smooth as can be. There is slight overtravel in single action but its still smooth all the way back. Its heavy for its size but thats a good thing, its not cheap metal zinc compound. The magazine release and the slide release are easy to reach too. And the saftey/ decocker flip up and down with a solid , defined click. Only a few downsides. The finger rest on the bottem of the magazine feels a bit fragile for my taste and the spare mags are $30 a piece! It can be a bit finikey when you function the slide manualy, the round that was in the chamber hesitates to come out ( if you own one you know what Im talking about). The case of you get what you pay for does not apply to this gun, you get so much more. Be cautious at the range, this little gun likes to LAUNCH expended brass further than any pistol ( or rifle ) Ive ever seen , so take the firing lane all the way to the right. E-mail me for questions, but dont offer to buy this gun from me because Im never giving this one up.
     
  15. namara

    namara Well-Known Member

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    I remain NEGATIVE on this gun. IT IS CRAP!
     
  16. gunnutz

    gunnutz Well-Known Member

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    Ive shot 600 rounds with my 380 to date, 2 failed to feed. I like it so much I ordered a thunder mini 40 cal. They clean easy and fit tight, I only notice some small shiny spots appearing on inner parts. Which indicates close tolerances.
     
  17. guner

    guner New Member

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    I GOT 2,FOR ME AND MY WIFE,GREAT GUNS,PRICED GREAT,EXCELLENT SHOOTERS,ON THE BLUE MODEL THEY RUST VERY EASY.NEED TO FIND A LEATHER HOULSTER FOR THEM! HAD NO LUCK YEAT, IF SOME ONE KNOW WHERE TO GET SOME PLEASE LET ME KNOW THANKS.
     
  18. gunnutz

    gunnutz Well-Known Member

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    Try Rays holsters, 877-486-6171, e-mail, www.sharo.com. Good quality, and reasonable prices, $30.00 & change got me a bikini for my Bersa 380, I also bought,1 for my 1911, and 2 revolver clam shells. Ray is a great guy to deal with, call him on the phone, tell him your needs and trust what he says. Thats what I do!
     
  19. gunnutz

    gunnutz Well-Known Member

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    Try Rays holsters, 877-486-6171, e-mail, www.sharo.com. Good quality, and reasonable prices, $30.00 & change got me a bikini for my Bersa 380, I also bought,1 for my 1911, and 2 revolver clam shells. Ray is a great guy to deal with, call him on the phone, tell him your needs and trust what he says. Thats what I do!
     
  20. gunnutz

    gunnutz Well-Known Member

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    Try Rays holsters, 877-486-6171, e-mail, www.sharo.com. Good quality, and reasonable prices, $30.00 & change got me a bikini for my Bersa 380, I also bought,1 for my 1911, and 2 revolver clam shells. Ray is a great guy to deal with, call him on the phone, tell him your needs and trust what he says. Thats what I do!