Bersa Thunder 9 Compact

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by obxned, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. obxned

    obxned Active Member

    Mar 4, 2007
    Few people seem to know anything about this pistol, but after seeing one in a store, my son bought one.

    The matte finish will not win any beauty contest, but that is the only negative I can find.

    It has ambi- safety/decock and slide locks, easy to see sights with dot front sight and outlined notch on rear, 2-13 round mags, and one of the best double-action triggers I’ve ever seen on a DA/SA pistol. The fit rivals guns costing more than twice as much, and it ate everything we had, both FMJs and JHPs.

    I can’t give hard info on the accuracy. The weather at the range was horrid: cold, windy, and raining, with some hail. However, it shot similar size groups as the other pistols we were shooting. Those pistols we know to be very, very accurate, so I’m confident the Bersa will be very good.

    Balance and feel are exceptional, and it is quite compact for a 13 round double stack 9mm. I was so impressed that I will am going to sell a really nice, big name 9mm to come up with the money to order one of these for myself.

    This pistol is also available in the same size in 45ACP. I already have a CC .45 that I dearly love, so I probably won’t buy it in .45. If you are looking for a full size pistol, it can be had in 9mm, .40 S&W, and 45ACP.

    I was reluctant to post this, as I post on several sites and do not want to reduce the availability or jack up the price. However, few people will actually believe that a compact pistol costing way less than $400 is anywhere near this good. I have seen it, held it in my hand, and shot it. I am a believer!
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2008
  2. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    Somewhere in the Twilight Zone.
    I don't own a Thunder in 9mm but I have owned it's predecessor, the model-85 in .380 for about two decades. It's blued, has real wood stocks, uses 13 rnd mags and has over 2,000 rnds through it. I hasn't seen much use in a number of years but I love this piece and doubt I'll be parting with it anytime soon. :)

  3. Michael G

    Michael G New Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Garland Texas
    I owned a Bersa 380 for years and it was completely reliable and accurate. I'm currently looking at the new double stack 13 round Bersa Thunder 380 or the Thunder 9 compact.
  4. Texman

    Texman New Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    My long time bud owns one and swears by his.. tried to talk me into one,, but I found my 9X18mm Russian Makarov to be almost identical in size,, just a tad more pistol, although it is older and used,, in Great condition.
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