Bersa Thunder .380

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Teejay9, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. A while back i began to realize that I had moved from strapping, middle-aged man, to the "target, prayed upon group. " I went and bought a Besa Thunder .380.
    It's a nice gun so far as I can see. I put some really nice Hungarian Black stained Walnut grips that add a tad more weight and improved my grip. My question for you gun knowledgable gun owners is: What are your opinions on this gun. I like how the cartridge has almost a straight ride right into the chamber, so no jambs.
    It was realitively inexpensive and I liked th two-toned black over satin finished nickel. What do you all think? TJ
  2. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    I have sold several of these guns and I get alot of positive reviews. Good little gun for the money. You can get some decent defense loads too.

  3. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    I never see them in the shop- which is a good thing. Only problems that I ever get is feed issues but 99.99% of the time, its the shooter, not the gun.
  4. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I think it's great. Less expensive than a Walther PPK/S.
  5. savage170

    savage170 Member

    May 3, 2011
    I have one that has been shot alot and like the energizer bunny it keeps going and going. Imho one of best deals out there
  6. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    While I don't think they're spectacular looking guns; I've shot at least 4 different model Bersas and have never had a problem out of any of them. Grip and handling was good. Price was great IMO for what you get. I know the 9mm has had countless rounds through it and no failures of components. Springs have been replaced, but that is normal. I'll have to ask my friend when he bought his, but I'm thinking around the mid 90's or so.
  7. Gene Seward

    Gene Seward Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Batesville, Arkansas
    My wife has one and we both love it. It shoots great for a small, very reasonably priced handgun. It is also loaded with Corbon DPX, which will get the job done if placed correctly.
  8. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    I like mine. It was the first gun I ever bought, not having a lot of money to spend. Very compact. Shoots nice, easy natural point of aim. I use winchester silvertip hollow points for defense rounds. I don't carry it anymore, haven't for a lot of years, but I would again if I really needed to. It now resides in my office safe as a backup to whatever I may be carrying that day.

    I'll never sell it.
  9. group17

    group17 Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Great smaller sized gun that has been totally reliable. I really like you get a DA/SA trigger instead of the typical mouse gun DAO. Real easy to shoot accurately. Mags are a little costly for a single stack.
  10. flyingtiger85

    flyingtiger85 Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    They are nice little guns for the money.My youngest brother has one.When I shot it, I didn't feel like it was cheap.It felt like a quality made gun.The only draw back I could see is that the 380 ammo cost so much more than the 9mm.Enjoy your gun!Any new gun is fun.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011
  11. north tex

    north tex Active Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    Leonard, Tx
    It's a great gun. I still have one and it has never had a malfunction. Was my carry gun til I found a 9mm in a smaller lighter package that fit into the same holster. The Bersa is now my back up.
  12. Good reports. Glad to know I didn't get a loser. Thanks for all your input. It was this the Beretta 84, or aS&W ppk/s. It felt better than the, I think, bulky for concealment Beretta, and I've heard a lot of unpleasant reports on the "new" PPK/s, so I opted for the nice loking Bersa, Glad I did. TJ
  13. New Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    I've been meaning to pick one up for a couple years but haven't gotten around to it. The few that I've shot were reliable. I would like to get a 380 that is actually enjoyable to shoot. I've shot my LCP enough that I would like to get something a little more accurate.

    380 ammo for sale
  14. The Duke

    The Duke New Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    NW Louisiana
    I sold a good many of these in the range ProShop...Only complaint I ever got was they had a tendency to hammer bite with big hands..I like them...Good bang for the buck and all steel...
  15. north tex

    north tex Active Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    Leonard, Tx
    My Bersa has never given me a hammer bite. I tried a PPK a few years back and it left me bleeding.
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