Bersa Thunder Reviews

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

  1. tigwelder56

    tigwelder56 Well-Known Member

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    HUH?? I think you did some butt texting there! :))
     
  2. ulgydog56

    ulgydog56 Well-Known Member

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    what the hell did i write...........I,ll try again do they make a real +p.380 and what approx % of energy does it have over a standard rd....
     

  3. tigwelder56

    tigwelder56 Well-Known Member

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  4. salvatore777

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    looking to buy a used bersa thunder 9mm. email if interested in selling.
     
  5. HawkII

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    These pistols are very popular and you have little chance of finding a used one. You can buy a new one for just under $400. Go to Bersa Chat and get more info there. You also get a lifetime warranty on the pistol.



    See Bud's Guns for the best prices. Lots of Luck. You will like the pistol. It has a smooth trigger, 2 each 13 round magazines, and is a smooth shooter and very accurate. One of the best buys I ever made.
     
  6. Trapdoorbob

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    Has anyone benched a Thunder .45 at 50 yds? What kind of groups will it shoot at that range?
     
  7. 277Volt

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    It's been 10 months since my initial review of my Thunder 45 Ultra Compact and I have nothing but positive comments to add. After my initial few hiccups when brand new this .45 hasn't skipped a beat since. Round count is up to around 350 rounds of factory Fiocchi 230 gr. XTP and home cast reloads weighing from 185 to 230 grs. Nary a problem. When I first reviewed this pistol I was the only that had fired it but in the meantime I've had five others fire it and none of them found it objectionable. One guy in particular who is very familiar with firearms wasn't sold on the idea of a compact .45 being easy to shoot. After two mags he was a believer. Wear and tear on my pistol has been commensurate with any other pistol I've owned. The finish is surprisingly tough. It made it through a Phoenix summer, daily IWB right against my admittedly very sweaty skin and zero rust. Countless times I got home, unholstered and had to wipe plenty of sweat off the left side of the gun. Considering how caustic human sweat can be against any firearm finish I'm tickled pink with whatever Bersa uses. For $374 out the door I wasn't going to be surprised at rust. Glad to be wrong!



    The only caveat/warning I have to a potential buyer is that the grip is rather large for a pistol of this size. My hands are on the small side and this .45 is the absolute limit of what I can use competently.



    As I said before I switched to the Bersa from a full size 8+1 1911 that was simply too big for concealed carry on my frame. I'm only giving up one round for something that I literally carry every time I set foot out the front door. I have a nice High Noon IWB holster that makes it disappear both to me and those around me. For those with any model Bersa looking for a good holster, you can't go wrong with High Noon.
     
  8. tigwelder56

    tigwelder56 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the interesting review! I own a Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact 9mm and love it!! The accuracy and ease of maintanence make it #1 in my book of semi autos. One thing I'm going to do though is to radius (round off) the trigger guard. It's a very sharp edge that can cut after a few boxes of rounds. It's that or a glove. Regardless, it was a pleasant surprise, yet anticipated, when the quality of this pistol shined! I'd recommend this brand of pistol to anyone, regardless of caliber!
     
  9. Trapdoorbob

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    Have you shot it at 50 yards on the bench Tig?
     
  10. tigwelder56

    tigwelder56 Well-Known Member

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    I never have Bob. I've done some informal benching at 25 yds and had some very satisfactory results. I used sand bags versus a ransom rest and imagine if I had done that, I'd have been looking at one ragged hole after I was done. I keep waiting for the day when these start becoming harder and harder to get at these prices. It's bound to happen!
     
  11. Trapdoorbob

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    I'm just curious if they are close to good enough to use as a bullseye competiton pistol? There are no off the shelf bullseye guns that I know of except for 22 LR. I was surprised my Browning Buckmark with CCI Blazer hods the x ring at 50 yds ;-))
     
  12. Trapdoorbob

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    Kool link Tig. Looks almost as much fun as Cowboy Action shooting ;-))
     
  13. rgillgil

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    Hyperme, you have a big problem and is not your Bersa, it is your wall. Just kidding. Joking aside, it is good that your Bersa is ejecting your expended cartriges with a consistent force. That means your ejection mechanism is functioning as it should. I would be worried if it just ejected weakly to the point of not bouncing against a wall beside you. Hope you have taken my comment in good jest. I love my Bersa.
     
  14. roncodrummer

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    Just spent the day at the range with my Bersa UC Thunder .40 cal., my Bersa Thunder .22LR, my Ruger SP101 .357mag., and my Ruger P95 9mm. Have no idea how many 100's of rounds I put thru them, all of them flawless. I rid the world of many deadly paper targets and single-handedly rejuvenated the handgun ammunition industry. Yep, 'twas a good day.
     
  15. tigwelder56

    tigwelder56 Well-Known Member

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    Aren't those Bersa's an excellent pistol? I've got

    the Thunder UC in 9mm and love it! I've never had a single

    problem with it and don't expect to. What is your accuracy like

    with the 40? The 9 is great!
     
  16. roncodrummer

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    TIG, accuracy is PHENOMENAL! I shot from 21 feet to about 45 feet and had groupings of 3 inches at 21 feet and groupings of about 5 1/2 inches at 45 ft(although these were from a seated position with it resting on bench). All in all, the hit of the day was the Bersa Thunder .22 LR. Man, what a FUN firearm! One-handed, standing position, 10 rounds in about 3 seconds. Tore up the inside of the bullseye at 12 feet. I inquired about the .380 and my dealer said they were pricey and not worth the hype. The ammo is WAY over priced and for self defense application, the 9mm or .40 were far and beyond the better choice.When I am just sitting around the house, like now, I am carrying the Bersa .40 caliber. If I could carry out concealed (no can do here in Illinois...wink), it would be my Kel Tec P11 9mm simply for small size/large caliber.Yessir, I DO love my Bersas
     
  17. Stormtown

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    Just Picked Up a new Bersa Thunder 9 Pro HC, From Cheaper than dirt shipped for $383, only costs me $20 for FLL transfer, so i think i got a great deal. gonna hit the Range on Thursday.. In case anyone wants to know whether you buy from Bud's or Cheaper than dirt, if it is a gun, it is shipped by Bud's.
     
  18. roncodrummer

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    Stormtown, sure you know, but clean the beejeebers out of this firearm before you fire it. Bersa tends to put quite a bit of protectant on their weapons prior to shipping. Enjoy! Be sure to post your results.
     
  19. hyperme

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    anyone here shoot with both the 9 and 40 hc, how much do they differ in recoil? also, how does recoils feel compared to other popular brands of 9mm and 40? i own a 1911 cal.40 and bt40pro, i'm planning to get 9mm and choosing between bt9pro hc and cz75b, which one should i get?