Reviewed By: Cody S on 09/03/2015
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
A Decent Balance Between Affordability, Portability and Firepower
This gun arrived on time and as advertised from Bud's. It needed a good cleaning. After that, I recommend some snap caps (or not; I don't think dry firing will hurt it) and about 3-400 dry fires, to help the action.
In the first 200 rounds, there might have been a FTE, but I honestly do not remember one.
The sights initially fired low left for me, but as I am no pro and have never taken range lessons, I kept working the action with dry firing before attempting any sight changes. This paid off, as yesterday I went to the range with it and fired around 50 rounds, just as a check. 14 aimed shots in a 4" group, another 7 in a 4" group, and a series of rapidly fired "disarming" (gun-side shoulder) shots, to see what speed did to my pattern consistency. It went very well.
All of which is to say, if you give this gun some leeway when you first get it, it will improve, and reliability is excellent from the beginning. For the price paid, I am very impressed.
For a CCW, it is at least a good choice. Firepower is the clear weakness for the Thunder, but it prints very little through normal clothing, and remains comfortable in a IWB holster.
The blowback action apparently means a Bond-style silencer isn't an option, but it also makes for a gun that consistently goes bang when asked politely.
I suggest you consider the double-stack version, as more rounds in .380 sounds comforting;
As a daily CCW, the Bersa Thunder 380 is cheap, reliable, ergonomic, and, with some shooting, quite accurate. Definitely a yes.
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