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Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Junior966, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Junior966

    Junior966 New Member

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    My gun shop has a Bersa .380 for sale for 249.00 ...I have no hands on knowledge of them at all as far as quality and reliability...Any input ?
     
  2. dks7895

    dks7895 New Member

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    The Bersa Thunder 380 is a great pistol. Similar to the Walther PPK, but better.... IMO.
     

  3. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    My wife has one & I have the Concealed Carry .380. No problems with either. To be fair, some have found their .380 picky with ammo & it's suggested that, during break-in, don't stock up on just one brand of ammo until you make sure it cycles okay. After it's broken in, they usually will start handling anything.
     
  4. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    There's a Bersa video where they run 1,500 -ish rounds through the gun NON STOP as fast as they can fire them. I got bored watching somewhere around 1,200 and heard they applied some cooling to the barrel. SWMBO has one and loves it. We're having a bit of an issue with one mag, and the factory has agreed to replace it. She wants to shoot it some more with some different ammo first.
     
  5. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    Don't doubt a Bersa! They're great!
     
  6. Bagger

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    I've been using the Firestorm (Bersa) 380 as a daily carry for many years. I like the size of the gun and it's reliability. No, it is not a 9 mm, but is better concealed and offers good stopping power.

    Plus, if one is not used to a snappy response from a 2" snubby S/W, or LCP ... the Bersa Thunder is a gun that you will practice with and enjoy shooting.

    And, the prices of new/used are really good. I have 3 or 4 of them.
     
  7. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    I bought mine, the two tone .380 model for 225. Its a great pistol for cc and 249 is still a decent price. See if you can talk them down a little.
     
  8. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Heres the pic, forgot to attach it before

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  9. Paladin201

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    I love those blued over nickel duo tone's. Sharpest looking pistols around. My Thunder 9 is like that.

    To answer the OP, I don't have any personal experience with the Bersa 380, but their quality is even close to my Bersa Thunder 9, it's one of the best pistols you can buy at any price. And you can't beat their lifetime service contract. They stand behind their pistols better than most.
     
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  10. Buff

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    I have 2; one that I bought used will feed any ammo I give it, the other I bought new, has feed issues with any type of flat nose or hollow points except Powerballs. They shoot well and are great carry guns.
     
  11. boatme98

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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.
     
  12. Junior966

    Junior966 New Member

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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.
     
  13. Bagger

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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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  14. Bagger

    Bagger New Member

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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.
     
  15. wjnfirearms

    wjnfirearms New Member

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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.
     
  16. orangello

    orangello New Member

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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.
     
  17. group17

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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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  18. sailor353

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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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  19. Hurryin' Hoosier

    Hurryin' Hoosier New Member

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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! ;)
     
  20. GearedUp

    GearedUp New Member

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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.