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HawkI 04-20-2010 01:16 AM

Bersa thunder .380 VS bersa thunder 9
Looking to spend around $250 on ccw pistol. I want it to pack enough punch to a bad guy without burning my wallet. Anyone ever compared the bersa 380 to the bersa 9? Which is better in terms of concealability, power, and price? Any other weapon suggestions are welcome.

gschnarr 04-20-2010 02:23 AM

They are both very reliable and accurate pistols. As far as conceal ability, the Thunder is smaller. As for power, the nod goes to the 9mm. If you go here, you will get a lot of information. Bersa Chat Forum Both of the two you are looking at are great pistols and the most popular. Both also come with a lifetime warrentee for the original owner.

With my wife's Thunder, she has around 2000 rounds out of it without a problem. Mine only has about 1000 out of it.

Rick1967 04-20-2010 02:48 AM

I have a Bersa Thunder in 380. It is the concealed model. It has an 8 round mag. So I carry it with 9. I like it. But it is a compromize. The 380 round is no where near the power of the 9mm. I only bought mine because I was reloading 380 for my dad. I figured if I was reloading it anyway, I would get one.

HawkI 04-21-2010 07:32 AM

Thanks for the posts. The bersa .380 seems to be my personal choice so far. The bersa seems like a sleeper handgun though... Is it really up to par with quality for the $$$?

NGIB 04-21-2010 07:45 AM

I had one for a time and it was a good little shooter. Bersa mags are a tad pricey but they make good no-frills guns. While some folks laugh at a .380, I carry a Walther PPK 90% of the time...

Rick1967 04-21-2010 12:04 PM

The quality of mine seems first rate. It is very acurate for a gun of its size. It is totaly reliable.

Biohazurd 04-22-2010 05:06 AM

I own a .380 as well as a thunder 9 UC. You cant go wrong with either of these guns. I think the 9 is a bit out of your price range though, the cheapest NIB i have seen has been 385... The .380 is pretty close though. By the way both of these guns seem to fit my hands like a glove!

HawkI 04-22-2010 05:20 AM

I'm not much for buying guns online, mainly because it's such an inconvenience to me because I don't have an FFL and don't like to pay the fees. I prefer to walk around the local gun shows when they're in town (personally I'd go to Lexington KY or Columbus OH). I'm of the firm belief that private vendors' prices at shows are usually more reasonable than online or dealers' prices.

If anyone has a personal experience with a CCW pistol other than the Bersa .380 that you recommend (non-revolver preferably), just PM me. Thanks

Tackleberry1 04-22-2010 05:30 AM

I've never owned or fired a Bersa but, I'd suggest going 9mm over .380 unless there's a signficant size difference between the two pistols.

I'm no balistics expert either but everything I've ever read on calibers/performance/stopping power indicates a tremedous difference between these two rounds in capability.

For CCW, it's all about POWER to WEIGHT/SIZE ratio.

True, a .380 is better than a stick but a 9mm is better by that much more.

My "too darn hot to conceal a .45", CCW weapon is a Kahr PM 9 9mm. This is because it's not much bigger than the uber popular LCP .380 but it's actualy big enough to hold in a normal grip and very thin which equals concealable.

The downside to Kahrs is that some consided them to be very expenvise at $600 for a pocket gun but I'd bet my life on mine and do most days. I would not bet my life on any .380's ability to stop a drunk or drugged out attacker.

Just my opinion base on 15 yrs of religious CCW.

Good luck.


freefall 04-27-2010 02:00 AM

I like my Kel-tec PF9 pretty well (like my Kimber Compact better) PF9 goes for $285 at Boondocks Outfitters in Eagle River, AK.

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