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Advice regarding a Bersa Thunder 380

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by hjohnsonjr, May 30, 2010.

  1. hjohnsonjr

    hjohnsonjr East County Member

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    Am deciding what brand of 380 to purchase for concealed carry. Would like feedback on the Bersa Thunder 380.
     
  2. wolfwistle

    wolfwistle lebanon Member

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    I have a bersa and it's ok ,but I allways carry my ruger lcp.If i only had one handgun I would look for a smaller 9mm.
     
  3. ShelbyT

    ShelbyT BeaverTOWN New Member

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    Bersa is way to heavy.. think more along the lines of P3at and lcp.

    if you are going to carry something as heavy as a bersa Keltec PF9 would be an even better option. in 9mm
     
  4. Teufel_Hunden

    Teufel_Hunden Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    Don't rule out the Taurus TCP. Its a nice one.

    T_H
     
  5. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you're set on a .380, I'd look at a Kahr... seems considerably nicer than the Ruger, Kel-Tec, Taurus, DB .380 pistols.
     
  6. hjohnsonjr

    hjohnsonjr East County Member

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    Two features I noticed about the Bersa is a de-cocking lever and it is DA/SA as well. Very similar to what I am used to using in a full size pistol. It weighs in at 23 oz, which is the same as the S&W Sigma, so it definitely is on the heavy side.
     
  7. linuxusr

    linuxusr Beaverton New Member

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    I have one. Nice little gun, I carried it for years. I now carry a Glock 19 it's more comfortable for concealed carry. For the $$ you can't go wrong with the Bersa.
     
  8. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    There is a Bersa owners/fans messageboard at www.bersatalk.com . There may be other fan messageboards as well. In recent years Bersa has vastly improved their quality and broadened their production. The fans seem to love their Bersas, and much of Latin America's militaries carry their 9mms.

    The Bersa Thunder .380CC (conceal carry) is quite nice. It's the same size as the Walther PPK but half the price with the same features, if not as good a finish. Small enough to hide in a front pocket but big enough to really control for accurate shooting. GunBlast.com did a video review of it a year or two ago. YouTube might have video reviews as well.

    If you want to spend more money for a REALLY nice .380, look for an Interarms/Walther stainless steel PPK. These were American made and beautifully machined back in the late 1980's. The recent S&W/Walther PPK is not nearly as reliable, according to reports.

    Now, if only Bersa made a 9mm in the same size......................elsullo :p
     
  9. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a Bersa Thunder .380. Duo tone. It seems light enough and small enough for me. I carry it in a IWB comp tac holster. I don't even know its there. It shoots well too.
     
  10. hjohnsonjr

    hjohnsonjr East County Member

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    Thanks for the help, guys.

    After doing all the noodling and reading the responses, it looks like a Bersa 380 conceal carry will take it unless their 9mm is close to the same size.