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Old 01-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #11
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A very good gun for the price. I gifted one to a friend as her first edc a few years ago and it's still going strong after many rounds fired.
Just be sure to clean it before firing! They're pretty gunked up with grease for shipping.
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Well it sounds like my next purchase , I was just worried about its function at It's price...It feels nice in the hand and almost a third cheaper then most of my Sigs...Thanks for the input.
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I tho't it may be useful to show a couple things that I've noticed.

I carry the Firestrom 380 more than the Bersa. I've had the Firestorm much longer than the Bersa's that I have. Cost is relatively the same.

Both are made by the same folks in Argentina. Bersa's are more common for some reason. I believe that Firestorm is made for some European or SA police force or some such. Can't remember.

The things I like about the Firestorm are the lack of a trigger guard perch for your finger. I don't grip my guns with the week hand's fore finger gripping the trigger guard. Firestorm has a rounded trigger guard.

Also, the sights are much larger on the Firestorm vs the Bersa. F/S has a large white outlined rear sight vs two small white dots on the Bersa's. Older folks may appreciate the former. Altho, I rarely use sights. I'm a point and shoot gunner. I had some courses at Smith and Wesson that trained us to not use the sights in an 'encounter', but rather point and shoot. Works pretty well if you practice.

Here are a couple photos showing some of the differences between the Bersa and the Firestorm. They both cost the same/same for the most part.
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Sorry for the BIG photos. I didn't realize how big they were.

One last thing regarding the differences .... the grip on the F/S is much more comfy than the Bersa. I can't remember if I got that aftermarket or not. The gun is around 12 years old or so.
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The wife decided she wanted a carry piece. She now owns a Bersa. You cannot go wrong with these for the cost and functionality. If you are looking for something in this size, these are a good choice.
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The one i had never malfunctioned. My sister has it now and likes it.
I really like the flat nickel finish.
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I also have two. A 380 thunder and a Firestorm 22. The 22 is for cheap target practice since they are both the same size and manual of arms. Both totally reliable.
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I bought a very lightly used (50 rnds) BT380 last year for $200. It is a great pistol, eats everything I have fed it, great for CC easy to carry ,pretty accurate at close range and fun to shoot.
I had a TPC before I bought the BT380. It was an ok pistol but its small size and light weight didn't make it a good gun to shoot a lot. As soon as I got my BT380 and found out that is was actually a pleasure to shoot I got rid of the TPC. I take my BT380 out at least once every 2 weeks and practice with it. I use it and my S&W Airweight for CC.
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As far as the Bersa Thunder 380 and the Walther PPK/S are concerned, I'd say that they are very, very similar except for one thing: I've had two Bersas and neither one tried to amputate my thumb!
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I've had my Bersa Thunder 380 for a year or so as a CCW and never had the first problem. Great little gun.
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