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.
|Rear Sight||Notched-Bar Dovetailed|
|Construction||Alloy Frame / Steel Slide|
|Safety||Integral Locking System, Manual, Firing Pin|
- Best gun
Review by Valerie (on 9/11/2016)
I went to the range with my father and on the way out I saw a used Bersa Thunder 380 that caught my eye (mostly b/c of the size of it- I have small hands). I went home to research the weapon because I had not heard of Bersa and had never shot anything smaller than a 9mm. After extensive research, I was confident that the Thunder 380 would be a reliable weapon and a 380 would be sufficient for home defense if I chose appropriate ammunition, so I went back a few days later to see if I could do a test fire of the used Thunder I had looked at. I liked the feel of the weapon in my hand and the ease of use for all the levers and buttons, but it wasn't until I shot it that I fell in love with it.
I have a thing about used guns, so I decided to order a new one and wait out the shipping. I also went to the Bersa site and ordered a set of wrap-around grips to switch out for the standard grips that come with it. The weapon arrived within 4 days of ordering it, and I immediately took it home to clean it and went straight back to the range. I ran about 50 rounds through it that night and another 100 the next morning before lunch, all of these rounds were with the standard grips. This gun is a dream to shoot! The trigger is smooth, the recoil is minimal, and the sights were on target straight out of the case. The slide is easy to manipulate and all the levers/buttons (mag release, slide release, safety, breakdown lever) are very comfortably placed and easy to use. The standard grips are adequate and, had I not already shot one using the wrap-around grips, I would have been perfectly happy to continue using the standard grips for a long time. My new grips came in while I was at my morning shoot so I went home to pick them up and swap them out when I left for lunch. I went back to the range after lunch and ran another 100 rounds through my Thunder before running out of ammo and money. As great as the Thunder was with the standard grips, it is even better with the wrap-around grips! Out of the 250 rounds I shot there was only 1 misfire, and the RSO tested the round and found that it was an issue with the round itself, not the weapon.
Cleaning the Thunder is easy too, it breaks down into only 3 pieces. The take-down lever was easy to handle and the slide removal is simple but takes some getting used to. Cleanup was relatively fast (get a small pointed tool to get into the nooks and crannies). I have zero complaints about this weapon and would recommend it to anyone looking for a smaller gun for self defense.