Bersa Thunder Reviews

Discussion in 'Pistols' started by ActiveFan, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. ActiveFan

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    The Ultra-Compact .45 pistols are roughly intermediate in size between standard and mini pistols, and, unlike smaller caliber brothers, they have a single stack magazine.
     
  2. ActiveFan

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    Bersa Thunder 9 pistols are standard issue pistols for the Argentinean Federal Police and the Buenos Aires Province Police.
     

  3. ActiveFan

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    Thunder pistols are available, in several different versions. The Thunder-380 pistols are of simple blowback design, while more powerful Thunder-9, Thunder-40 and Thunder-45 pistols are of locked breech design. Thunder series pistols are relatively compact and handy, yet they offer significant capacity with major pistol calibers, combined with good, fully ambidextrous ergonomics. Bersa pistols also are relatively inexpensive and offer decent reliability, making them good personal defense firearms.
     
  4. hes122

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    I just fired my first twenty rounds with the Bersa .40 Mini Firestorm. I am impressed.

    Bought it second hand, maybe payed a little bit to much but got extra clip and tactical holster with it. Downside, the holster is for righthanded shooters and i shoot lefthanded after an injury at the right hand.

    I had to switch over the clip release button and i had to think hard how to do it.

    I wanted to get me the new FN forty-nine, but i sreiously reconsider after this tryout.

    I think i gonna stick with my Bersa.
     
  5. weekendwarriorcal

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    I just picked up this gun saturday. Took it to the range on sunday and fired about 100 rounds of CCI blazer. The gun worked really well only one FTF and that was when my girlfriends mom was shooting it and im pretty sure it was an operator error, maybe because of the way she was holding the gun. Its a really nice gun points well and feels really comfortable to hold. Out the door it cost me 400, only real drawback being that it only comes with one clip and an extra is about 45 bucks. At 20 yards I didnt have too much trouble busting bottles so accuracy isnt bad. Not a whole lotof recoil either for a short barreled 45.
     
  6. gunnutz

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    try island tactical for a mag. i paid $28.00 including shipping, also check out sportsmans guide for 380 ammo, aguila brand $8.05 for 50....
     
  7. gunnutz

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    Picked up my 40 s&w thunder last week. Have shot 400 rounds to date, smooth as silk. Cant tell double action trigger pull from single action.
     
  8. damooster

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    This was my first gun purchase and I am very disappointed.



    I immediately started getting failure to feed problems with CCI Blazer Brass ammo. I would get about 2 of them per magazine. The next day I brought in three different types of ammo: Winchester White Box, American Eagle and Remington. All of them failed to feed and the WWB failed to eject the spent casing. A local instructor and FBI agent taking target practice tried the gun out and they had the same problems. I suffered through 500 rounds hoping that there was just a break in period, but this gun is still having major problems. I do not trust my life with this gun. I am having it shipped in to see if they can find out whats wrong with it, but whenever I get it I will still not trust it for daily carry.



    There are some pluses to this gun, other wise I wouldve gave it a poor rating. There is surprisingly very little recoil with the .45. It did bite me once but that was me getting used to holding the weapon. I have little kids running around everywhere, so safety is very important to me. Besides having the gun locked in a storage container, this gun has a safety lever that also acts as a decocking lever, and there is also a key turn based safety on the side of the gun...you can turn the dial to safety and voila.



    Lastly, I am not fond of the customer service. When I called to talk to them about my weapon, the customer service rep seemed to not care about my problem.
     
  9. jjsmid

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    Purchased the Bersa CC 380 the first gun, slide lock broke after about 150 rnds, returned to the dealer no problem, replaced with a new gun. Have fired more than 500 rnds. on this gun without a problem. I think this is an excellant carry gun, small, thin and a powerful load. The price point is so good it made me feel a little unconfortable (low price = poor quality) I couldnt have been more wrong

    After shooting this gun and cleaning, Im impressed enough that my next is a Bersa .45.

    After reading many of these forums on people that have had problems, I belive you can have issues with any gun no matter who the manufacturer is, they are a mechanical device, failed parts like the slide lock on my first gun can happen to any gun, the key is purchasing from a good gun dealer who likes to keep his customers.
     
  10. gunnutz

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    I agree wholhartedly, have 700 rounds through my Thunder 380 never a jam or fail to feed. Bought it on a lark because it was cheap #1 and I never owned a 380. I was so impressed with its preformance, I bought a custom bikini holster from Rays holsters and carry it often with out feeling it may fail. I always use top line ammo, in my autos. My wheel guns will shoot anything. There is a pawn shop owener in the city who told me, if the guy who stuck her up bought his ammo from her she would have been dead, he fired once at her with a 40 cal. S&W missed by inches, the next round jammed, cops caught him comming out. I buy my Remington 380 ball ammo from her!
     
  11. fattsgalore

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    I owned a Beras Thunder 45. Notice past tense.(Police confiscation. Thats a whole nother story) The sights were useless and everyone i handed it to agreed. Accuracy got worst over time. And withing my first two hundred rounds my magazine release broke turning it into a $400.00 paper weight. Now that was the 45 i also owned the 380 which was fine.(read the comment in the 380 section to get my opinion of that weapon) Bersa simply isnt a good company. Id rather go with a crappy Hi-Point before i got another Bersa.
     
  12. gunnutz

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    Shot another 100 rounds with my Bersa 40 S&W, for the first time loaded 13 rounds in the mag., and the gun shot smooth as silk. No fail to feeds, and accurate.
     
  13. Jay1958

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    Have over 600 rounds thru my Bersa UC9 with no failures. Accurate, reliable, cost-effective, easy to carry and conceal, I am a big UC9 fan!
     
  14. GDelarosa

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    I am a southpaw and am planning to acquire a Bersa MiniThunder UltraCompact in .45 Would anyone know if this one has an ambidextrous safety and mag release?
     
  15. Jay1958

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    to GDelarosa: I have a Bersa UC9 and it is fully ambidextrous. According to the Bersa-Eagle website, so is the UC45.



    Here is a link to the UC45 manual that states "fully ambidextrous".



    http://www.bersafirearmsusa.com/pdf/manual45940.pdf



    You'll have to cut and past the link.



    Hope this helps.



    Jay1958
     
  16. josepeirano

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    The bersa mini thunder .45 has an ambidiextrous safety and the magazine cartridge release too. In am talking about the model BERSA MINI THUNDER .45 sold in Argentina. Greetengs
     
  17. GDelarosa

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    To jay1958: Thanks so much for your heads-up. This is just what I'm looking for. However, BersaEagle doesn't display UltraCarry 45 among the available ones. I'm just suspecting you can obtain it only by special order.

    Thanks again

    GDelarosa
     
  18. Samurai-fi

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    Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact 9mm / Firestorm mini 9



    I love this handgun. I was impressed with it's accuracy. With it's 3 1/2in barrel, I was standing back at 56 yards, aiming in and taking out bowling pins. DA 13 pounds a hard pretty hard pull, and SA is 5 pounds, nice and and easy. The first pull of the slide is harder when the hammer is not cocked.



    The ergonomics are great! I love the built in finger slots. The guns fits my medium to large sized hands well. I'm glad there is a finger hook on the bottom of the mag otherwise my pinkie would be dangling.



    I've blasted 400 rds of Win. usa through it without any probs. I like the rear sight which has a white outline instead of dots. I think it provides faster target acquisition.



    The only downside to this pistol is that it only comes with one mag and extra mags are EXPENSIVE! The best price I could find for another mag was $42 from cheaper than dirt.



    I picked up my uc9 used, off of gunbroker for $275 total, with shipping and transfer fees. I saw the Firestorm version, brand new in Michigan for $309 including tax, but with shipping and transfer it would have been close to $350.