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Bersa Thunder .380

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

  1. The Courier

    The Courier Newberg, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm on the fence right now mine had lots of light strikes and then the saftey lever sheared off and hit my GF in the head, I'm glad the failure wasn't worse. Depending on how RSA treats us with repairs will determine if I buy another.:confused:
     
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  2. fxdc

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

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    So true!
    Love doing a hi cap mag dump into a pepper popper at 10 yards and hearing each hit!

    Huge fun!
     
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  3. JamesG

    JamesG Tacoma Active Member

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    Bersa makes a great gun for under $300. I wish they would come out with a single stack 9 with a hammer.
    Thanks:
    James
     
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  4. MilitantBEEMER

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

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    Me too
     
  5. fxdc

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

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    That's the model 85.
    90's version
    It's what I have also the 86.
    They run great
     
  6. MilitantBEEMER

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

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    Aren't those 380?
     
  7. bbbass

    bbbass La Grande Well-Known Member

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    My friend has a Thunder that he let me shoot a bit. Hefted like a 9mm... I thought it was nice since I don't like the feel of .380 pocket pistols. The controls were a bit difficult for my thumb arthritis, but if you don't have that, no worries.

    My brother has an older Bersa. He loves it. Had only 1 brand of ammo it didn't like... fixed it with mag lip adjustment and feed ramp polishing. Had to do that with the wife's pocket pistol but it turns out you really gotta have an iron grip on those little guns or they will limp-wrist jam on you. I like the Bersa better because it is easier to get a full grip on.
     
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  8. fxdc

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

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    Whoops
    That they are.
    Thought this was about .380
     
  9. MilitantBEEMER

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

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    I thought you were responding bring to my "me to" comment that I wished they made it in 9mm version.. lol I thought you were saying you had a 9mm version doh
     
  10. fxdc

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

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    LOL
    I'm still recovering and on pain meds......

    The model 85 was an approved back up for sparks NV pd and that's why I got one, back in the early 90's this size was the compact hide out.

    Dept would not accept a colt 380 mustang as a backup ... double / single was ok. AMT 380's
    Along with the s&w 638 and 642 were OK.
     
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  11. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Is a Bersa thunder and a Firestorm the same pistol with different badging?
     
  12. albin25

    albin25 Lewiston Idaho Well-Known Member

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    The Berea 380cc unlike the regular Berea Thunder has finger groves on the grip that can improve your hold. The stock plastic grips however are thin and flat somewhat negating the effectiveness of those grooves.
    Because of those grooves, aftermarket grips are hard to find compared to grips for the regular Thunder.
    I really lucked out in finding thicker, rounded, grips that also molded into the extended pinky grip mags that make it now fit the hand perfectly(haven't seen any like them for sale ever again).....
    ...and the dark maroon looks great too.
    IMG_20150607_222451_202.jpg
     
  13. MilitantBEEMER

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

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  14. JamesG

    JamesG Tacoma Active Member

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    I had an Interarms Walther PPK and a Bersa Thunder .380 and took them both to the range and for me the Bersa was more accurate. The back sights are adjustable on the Bersa and that made a big difference. My Daughter shot most of the .380s I have owned and she settled on the Bersa CC model. They are simple to clean and breakdown plus they rarely have a feeding issue. The one she bough was used but it came with 3 mags.
    Thanks:
    James
     
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  15. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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  16. Alexx1401

    Alexx1401 Pierce County WA Well-Known Member

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    This is another example of what I have said many times. There is no such thing as a mass manufactured gun that does not let out a bad one. No matter what name or price this will happen. It's always a big suck when you get the unlucky one. It makes zero sense to buy or not buy off this though. Now the customer service, that is IMPORTANT. While I put zero weight in stories of a gun being defective, I do pay attention to how the company treats the person who got the bad one.
     
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  17. Alexx1401

    Alexx1401 Pierce County WA Well-Known Member

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    When you posted that pic before I searched all over and could not find those grips. Whoever came out with them it's too bad they did not keep making them. They look like they would be a hit. I would LOVE it if they came out with those in rubber like the Pachmayr.