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Bersa Thunder 380 Review

The Thunder 380 from the Argentina-based arms producer, Bersa, survived many negative comments and questions to its quality and reliability. Priced lower than most handguns, this pistol in the largest .380 cartridges allowed to be used by civilians, have proven to be above its cheaper counterparts in the same calibre.

It is Bersa’s best-selling model, valued for its reliability, versatility and accuracy in a compact.

  • Model:        THUN380
  • Caliber:      .380 Auto
  • Length:       6.63 inchesBersa thunder 380 review 300x225 Bersa Thunder 380 Review
  • Height:       5.0 inches
  • Width:        1.28-1.3 inches
  • Barrel Length:      3.56 inches
  • Magazine Capacity:       7 rounds (7 in magazine +1 loaded)
  • Action:       blowback operated semi-automatic
  • Trigger:      choice between double-action or single-action
  • Rifling:       6 grooves, RH twist
  • Sights:       Adjusted white 3-dot
    • Front Sight:         dovetailed
    • Rear Sight:          Notched-bar Dovetailed
  • Weight with empty magazine:         19.7-20 ounces
  • Weight without magazine:               17.9 ounces
  • Weight Loaded (1+7 rd magazine): 22.4 ounces
  • Finishes Available:        Matte Black, Satin Nickel, or Duotone
  • Construction:       Alloy Frame/Steel Slide
  • Grips:         Checkered Polymer
  • Safety:       Integral Locking System, Manual, Firing Pin

The Bersa Thunder 380 is trim and fit, tight and without rattle when shaken fully loaded. Custom specs can include nickel enhanced parts and other accessories like laser traces are offered by Bersa along with lifetime service contracts. It’s decocking assembly is easy to disassemble and reassemble for maintenance. Even though it is compact, there’s plenty of room in the grip for even those with large hands. The gun is well balanced, its mass distributed evenly throughout the frame. This characteristic helps transfer recoil into the hand rather than having the barrel kick up, suitable for quicker target acquisition between shots.

Hammer spur is rounded, knurled and skeletonized in a Rowel type, easier to draw back with the thumb. The double-action trigger pull was measured at around seven to eight pounds with the single-action at three to four pounds. Bersa Thunder 380 300x191 Bersa Thunder 380 ReviewThe three-dot sights are proportional with the front sight dot larger than the rear sight ones, appearing same sized when aligned. It also features extended finger rest with a hooked and grooved trigger guard for those who preferred to have a finger placed in that position.

It disassembles and reassembles easily during maintenance and cleaning. No additional tools are needed unless you count the flat head screwdriver for removing the grip panels. It compact size and lightweight characteristics made it perfectly suited for concealed carry that can arm you for most personal safety situations.

It is relatively easy to shoot. When fired, there was a reasonable loud report but with rather low recoil. The three-dot sights make target acquisition accurate and quick. During testing of this handgun for review, hundreds of rounds were fired without jam or failure-to-fire, nor a single miss-feed. The targets appear in consistent and tight groupings. The Bersa Thunder 380 is a reliable handgun with great ergonomics, with its controls well-thought out for both right-handed and Southpaw users, controllable power and very smooth trigger pull at an awesome price.


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