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Old 11-01-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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I'm seeing a lot of you guys recommending the bersa Thunder in .380 but I've gotta say, we have the thunder in .22 and its just about the least reliable gun we have. I realize we are mostly running cheap bulk ammo through it but even the first magazine after a cleaning is unlikely to make it through without a failure. What gives? Is the .380 better? I mean, I'd hope so given all the recommendations that some of you are throwing out for it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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I'm seeing a lot of you guys recommending the bersa Thunder in .380 but I've gotta say, we have the thunder in .22 and its just about the least reliable gun we have. I realize we are mostly running cheap bulk ammo through it but even the first magazine after a cleaning is unlikely to make it through without a failure. What gives? Is the .380 better? I mean, I'd hope so given all the recommendations that some of you are throwing out for it.
The .380- round is usually a better feeder than the .22 LR because of the lack of a rim. One reason that people often recommend against the .22 as a defensive round in an autoloader, is just the fact that the .22LR is more likely to have jams than most centerfire rounds. I've shot a couple of Bersa .380s that friends bought. Both were reliable with ball and the hollow points that my friends had selected. I have never shot one in .22 though so I can't really comment on relaibility of the gun in that chambering from any first hand experience.

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Don't confuse the 22lr bersa with the 380 thunder. I have two 380 thunders and a 45 uc pro bersa. None of these guns have ever failed to fire. They were all bought years apart, so it's not like I lucked out on a good "batch". They are accurate, dependable and an excellent value for the cost. good luck
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I'm glad the big-boy calibers seem to work well.

Would hate to trust my life to a gun that isn't reliable.
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A brother has the 22 model. His is about worthless with most ammo. It shoots CCI minimags but still has a jam fairly often.
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ive got the thunder in 380 and 22lr. the 380 is totally reliable. my 22lr functions with everything except the 22lr in the 36grain weight. my ruger 22/45 also fails to cycle with 36grn ammo. those bullets are just too light.

most handguns require 40grain high velocity 22lr ammo as there isnt a lot of running room in those short barrels.
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My wife carries a bt380 and I carry a uc 9mm. Never had a problem with either gun. She had one problem with Tula ammo but it was the ammo not the gun.
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The bersa thunder .380 I had never missed a beat; I only got to run a few different kinds of ammo through it before it went to live with my sister, but it fed all of them well.

I have not tried their .22LR version, but I would expect the ammo to be the biggest part of the problem.

Have you considered their warranty; maybe they can tune yours up or something (new springs?)?

http://www.bersa.com/warranty

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Upon the expiration of the one-year Warranty, and for as long as this BERSA firearm is owned by the original purchaser, BERSA S.A. offers to service and repair any defects or malfunction in this BERSA firearm excluding the finish, grips, sights or magazine, without charge.
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The bersa thunder .380 I had never missed a beat; I only got to run a few different kinds of ammo through it before it went to live with my sister, but it fed all of them well.

I have not tried their .22LR version, but I would expect the ammo to be the biggest part of the problem.

Have you considered their warranty; maybe they can tune yours up or something (new springs?)?

http://www.bersa.com/warranty

BERSA LIFETIME SERVICE CONTRACT
We sent it in once but it isn't any better now than it was before.
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