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Bersa Thunder .380

Discussion in 'Semi-Automatic Pistols' started by oremike, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking of getting one of these to use as a test mule for my .380 ammo. Anyone have one, if so how do you like it? Any first hand issues I need to know about?
    Thanks for you help.
     
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  2. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have had several none had issues. Gave my niece one and it works well for her.
     
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  3. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I like them, in fact, wish I still had one. Good little pistol, a bit heavy for carry for a .380, but still a great pistol.
     
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  4. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    They aren't as nicely finished as a ppks or ppk but I find them more reliable in my opinion
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My son has one it doesn't like feeding HP or some FP ammo. But he likes it.
     
  6. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Had and sold both the Thunder 380 and the Thunder 380CC. Both were terrible jam-o-matics. Lots of failure to feed the second to the last round and failure to completely extract. I tried several Bersa and Mec-Gar magazines in both pistols. Both mine were newer, 2013 models so if they were great in the past, the quality control has gone to bubblegum lately.
     
  7. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Use to shoot federal hollow points and xtp's through them. I don't remember a jam but it's been at least three or four years since I had one.i have had three or four and they worked very well for me.
     
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  8. maddog

    maddog Portland, OR USA Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I shoot Federal HST and have no problems with function, and the same for WWB which are truncated cones. Sierra 95gr FMJ's work well through it, too, as do Berry's plated. It has always shot a little to the left but the groups are reasonable. I gave one to my son for Christmas one year, but it was in 2010 or 2011.
     
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  9. KD5DET

    KD5DET Eugene OR New Member

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    I am thinking of getting one too. I don't know which is best for me, the Thunder 380, Thunder 380cc or the thunder plus. I have'to had a chance to shoot any of them. Anybody able to give comparisons?
     
  10. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I've had good luck with the couple of Bersa's I've had and'd think that that'd make a great test mule.
    What kinda ammo have you cooked up?
     
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  11. Alexx1401

    Alexx1401 Pierce County WA Well-Known Member

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    Had several of them over the years. Always liked them. While back Wife started asking about one for her car. She will not shoot my Kel-Tec, too much recoil for her. I told her to buy a Bersa. While later she came home with one, the Plus. I had not heard they came out with one that took 15 round mags. It like all of them I've been around just works great and she loves it. One down side is the damn mags. Don't know if there is any more now but when she bought it no one had any in stock. Only came with one. The distributor was the only place to get them. To buy 4 more was close to the cost of the damn pistol. They were almost $50 each. OUCH. They are well made and will outlive us. The older single stack mags are of course much cheaper and easier to get.
     
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  12. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking a 95gr RN at about 900fps will be a good load.
     
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  13. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    I have 100% function with both my single and double stack.

    Model 85 and 86 from the early 90's
    Love these Era guns!

    The newer ones are hit and miss on their reliability and I won't have one of these.

    The hi cap mags for these older guns are around 35 to 50 bucks, is what I have paid at local gun shows.
     
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  14. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Consider a Glock-42 instead.;)
     
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  15. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    lol, No.
     
  16. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I had one, really liked it. Never had a problem with it, just wanted something that made bigger holes.
     
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  17. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Refugee from the People's Republic of Illinois Gold Supporter

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    One of my all time favorite guns. Have the 380 Thunder and NEVER a single hiccup. Over 1,000 rounds fired and it eats everything. When my sister gets her CCW I will buy her one as a gift. I saw a shop here had them for $289 new
     
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  18. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter

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    I'm not a big fan. For a subcompact .380 I think it weighs too much. But, I've not heard anything bad about them. I'm sure it will make a fine test rig.
     
  19. Alexx1401

    Alexx1401 Pierce County WA Well-Known Member

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    It's that weight that makes them so popular with many. Mine is the size and weight of my 10 shot 9mm. Problem is wife will not shoot it. The Bersa she loves and will practice with. They even have a .22 version of them for cheaper practice.
     
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  20. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Refugee from the People's Republic of Illinois Gold Supporter

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    I agree, I have introduced many to pistol shooting with the Bersa. It is comfortable, accurate and low recoil
     
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