Opinions--Bersa Thunder 380

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by adjohns3, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. adjohns3

    adjohns3 New Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    I know 380 as a choice of weapon is a whole discussion in itself.

    My wife likes the BERSA Thunder 380 Plus and wants some Crimson Trace lasers on it. I know the first rule...if that is what she like, then shut up and get it...but...
    I have read a lot on Bersa website about Bersa reliability, overall about the brand itself seeming to get good comments especially on that site.
    What do others think of Bersa? I know they are not the best/most expensive, but from what I can tell they are a long way from the worst too.

    Seems to come down to they are a good value and reliability is good or better as a general rule.
    How about big pro or con on the laser sights? If she likes it, does practice with it on and off, should be ok?

    What do the learned forum members think?
  2. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    I think they have the best quality for a non-expensive gun.

  3. Argus

    Argus New Member

    Feb 27, 2010
    I have a Thunder 380. It's been 100% reliable for over a year an several thousand rounds. I carry it occasionally, usually as a BUG.

    I avoid laser sights as a rule. They are nearly impossible to see in bright sunlight and I prefer sights that don't require a battery.
  4. phlmorgan

    phlmorgan New Member

    Jul 7, 2006
    Dallas Area, TX
    I bought one about 5 years ago and use it as my camping gun. Works great. smooth action, easy to break down and clean.

    Pretty accurate little gun. I have run across some issues w/ stove pipes but that is from some Pro Mag magazines (dont get em). Never had a problem w/ the factory mags.

    Shoot about 1000 rounds and not dissapointed. I dont like small pistols that much but this one fits in my hand w/ finger extensions on the mag. I have a Mauser Hsc and the Bersa's a better gun (IMHO), especially for the money.
  5. mcw120566

    mcw120566 Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    W. Knoxville, TN
    We purchased one for my wife some time ago, she has fireed "many" rounds through it, all without issue. She loves it and carries it every day with out hesitation.

    I have shot it a few times, and cant say anything bad about it, and am considering purchasing another for a BUG.

    IMHO, you get alot, for not alot of cash.
  6. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I had some initial problems with mine as the connector spring would pop out of its crimp. I fixed it with some Super Glue and it has worked fine ever since.

    There must be others who have had the same issue as I found a Youtube that show a quick temporary fix. If the spring comes loose which keeps the trigger from firing properly, simply rotate your wrist 90 degrees to the left and shoot like a "homie gangsta". Apparently gravity takes care of the situation.

    I agree on the No Laser Sites as you really can't see them in the light and this is an up close weapon.
  7. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Never owned one, but I hear people really like them for a conceal carry piece.
  8. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member

    I've had a Bersa 383A for almost 20yrs. It's been a near perfect firearm. I would highly reccommend a Bersa; even over ALL other brands.

    You can go to: www.bersachat.com and learn all you want to know about the Thunder 380.

    Honestly, you will be hard pressed to find "many" Bersa owners who have had problems.
  9. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    +1. I had laser sights, found them to be more for show than anything else. I did not want to fumble with a 1mm wide switch to power it on, and the battery was only good for about 40 hours. No way I would bet my life on that, Trijicon sights are what I have now and I train with them regularly.
  10. Ursus

    Ursus Active Member

    They are very decent performers
  11. Jim M

    Jim M New Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    If your wife asked for it, refer to rule #1 :D
  12. 6x6pinz

    6x6pinz New Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Mesa, Az
    Bought one for my wife but never put laser grips on it. She does OK with it and it has been very reliable. Currently she prefers her Walther PK380 for its softer shooting feel.
  13. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    Good quality, very few gunsmithing issues. Lasers have their place, never intended as a complete replacement for sights, great in low light conditions, especially for arms that don't have replacement night sights available.
    It's in the training, just as it is with any other sighting method.
  14. big steve

    big steve New Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Know people who have that and I have not heard any complaints about it seems to be a good gun
  15. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I think theyre good. JLA stamp of approval;)
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