The Thunder .380, Bersa’s best selling model, offers numerous valued features – accuracy, reliability and versatility in a lightweight, compact design. It’s easy to appreciate so much for so little. The Thunder .380 has earned a worldwide reputation of quality and is truly one of the best performance-for-price buys on the market. It’s lightweight, small-frame and ideal capacity combines with Bersa’s time-tested reliability and accuracy to make the Thunder .380 an excellent choice for personal protection.
Follow up after several months and many rounds
Review by Dennis (on 12/23/2018)
I still find myself impressed with this pistol. Since my first review I have added the rubber wrap around grips and night sights and have fired somewhere between 1200 and 1500 rounds.
The rubber grips provide a nice feel and secure grip during firing, They just feel better than the original plastic grips. I think it was $30 well spent. Night sights are something I just like. These are the Meprolight fixed sights. They are robust, well made and provide a good sight picture for combat type shooting. It was nice that the gunsmith installed them so my zero was not changed at all.
I'm not sure how many rounds I've put through my gun, but it is between 1200 and 1500 for sure. I still have not had any malfunctions in any form. I mainly shoot lower cost FMJ ammo for practice but usually run some defensive rounds each session. I have tried Hornady Critical Defense and Critical Duty, Sig V Crown and Federal Hydra Shok with good results. What more can one ask for?
It seems the more I shoot my Thunder 380, the more I like it. It has proven itself reliable, accurate and just a joy to shoot. The size and weight combined with a good IWB holster makes, in my opinion, the prefect carry piece. Thank you Bersa!
Nice carry piece
Review by Dennis (on 7/9/2018)
I'm a Sig guy. When I got my CCW I looked around to find a good carry gun and gravitated to the Sig P290RS in 9mm. It's a well made gun but I found I did not shoot it well due to the rather heavy DA trigger. I was not confident beyond 5 yards.
Someone suggested the Thunder 380 line. I checked reviews and considering the cost, I took a chance. I'm glad I did! This little beauty shot great out of the box with several kinds of ammo. I have about 500 to 600 rounds through it without one hitch of any kind. My eyes and muscles are not what they were 30 years ago but I find I can get all the shots in a 6 inch circle at 20 yards firing double taps (not careful aimed bullseye shooting}. About 2 inch at 7 yards. That's more than acceptable for defensive shooting in my book.
I just added the rubber grips but have not shot it since installing them but they feel great and I'm sure will enhance the shooting experience.
I strongly recommend this pistol to anyone looking for a compact, reliable, accurate and good looking carry piece.
A Bargain At Any Price
Review by Thomas (on 2/14/2018)
In my unscientific opinion, the Bersa Thunder .380 can best be described as being the working man’s sidekick. It is universally recognized for its reliability as well as its ability to accept a wide variety of ammunition without so much as a hiccup. Because of the inexpensive price tag, some skeptics have berated the pistol – even going so far as to put it in the same category as some of the “cheap” and inferior firearms. This is an injustice when it comes to the Bersa Thunder .380, or any of the Bersa products for that matter. This pistol fits the shooter’s hand extremely well (large hands or small hands), is easy to strip down for maintenance, and is extremely accurate. After more than 500 rounds without a glitch, I can honestly say that this handgun outperforms many of the “high-dollar” firearms I own. Over the years, I’ve learned that if a firearm carries the name, “Bersa,” you can trust your life to its performance, value, and reliability.
Review by TR (on 5/22/2017)
This is the most reliable pistol I ever bought, right out of the box. Fired about 500 rounds so far and have never had a FTE or FTF. I added rubber grips for a better feel. Glad I did that. Liked it so much I followed my purchase of it by ordering a Thunder Ultra Compact 9mm. My guess it will be equally reliable. For the price, you can't beat these pistols.
Review by Marc (on 5/17/2017)
Reason for the 4 stars has been always my major complaint about this gun which are the
ADJUSTABLE SIGHTS! Adjustable sights in my opinion, do not belong in any Pocket Pistol!
The Finish would be another which could be improved. Nevertheless, however; my trust of this weapon has found it's way into my family member's house. Accuracy, simplicity, dependability best describe this little "fighter."
On a lighter note, thank the stars that Bersa offers the Thunder Combat and Thunder CC
for those who "favor" fixed sights and yes! A bobbed hammer!!
Review by Joe (on 3/12/2017)
This little pistol is great! The accuracy, durability and functionality of the BERSA Thunder .380 is phenomenal. I shoot better with this pistol than any of my other subcompacts! great job BERSA!!!
GREAT CONCEALABLE PISTOL
Review by MAN FROM KANSAS (on 2/18/2017)
I've owned my Bersa Thunder 380 for 10 years now and I still love it. It is very accurate and fun to shoot. I've compared it to plenty of other 380's and its still my favorite by far.
Very good but not a cheap style of gun.you can trust your life to this gun.
Review by George (on 2/4/2017)
I have more than 1 gun but the bersa is easy gun to use and it's dependable to a fault. Please
James Bond would be proud
Review by Liam (on 1/13/2017)
I have been looking for a conceal carry for quite a while. I am a first time hand gun owner and wanted a firearm that would be for close quarters protection. I was looking for a Walther PPK in a larger than 22 caliber, none to be found. A former colleague mentioned that Bersa had a similar designed firearm named the Thunder. I purchased one at my local dealer and took it out to the range the next week. The gun is nice, I know I am not a marksman, however, I did pretty well. Would recommend highly. As far as the James Bond mention (and his PPK). I was born in October on the 7th in 1962. (100762). The first 007 movie came out in 1962. That is why I was going for this style hand gun. Crazy I know, but I made a really wise choice. The gun is awesome and will not let you down.
Review by Tracy (on 9/24/2016)
I have had my 380 Bersa for a couple of months now. I really enjoy shooting the gun. The trigger on it is great, the feel of the whole gun is great. Can't go wrong buying the 380 "Thunder" Bersa!!