OK.. had a short day at the range today to fire the new Bersa Thunder 380 and test out CCI MiniMags in the Thunder 22LR.
I'd had multiple issues with the 22LR before. Lots of FTFs, FTEs.. was quite disappointing. Today was much different. I used CCI Mini-Mags throughout. Two hundred rounds, in fact. I loaded 5 rounds at a time and went through the two cases. First 60 rounds were perfect. The 61st round had a FTE. The 125th round also FTEd. Throughout, I noticed the slide wasn't locking on the last round in magazine. Thought through it some more and determined that my thumb was holding the slide release lever down. I don't think it had anything to do with the FTEs, but certainly could have caused the slide releasing on last round.
The 22LR is really growing on me. It's definitely very sensitive to ammo, but feed her right and she will love you back...
OK.. Onto the 380...
I really like the size and weight of this gun. It's one of the only guns that I prefer to shoot bare-handed (I normally wear a set of weight gloves when shooting anything else). I pushed through 50 rounds of Federal 380. It almost feels like shooting a 22 except for the slightly louder popping sound :/.
On the 32nd round I had a misfeed:
I had to eject the magazine to clear it. The round looked fine so I re-loaded it and watch it take off happily to dance with the others. Grouping was good at 7 yards.. Alas, no evidence so you'll have to take my word
All said, the wife is still asking for the Walther PPKS. She saw it in a movie and really wants the gun. No problem.. I'll keep these