Reviewed By: jonathan h on 07/27/2014
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
I purchased the Bersa Thunder380 Combat right around the new year and so have gotten to putting about ~500 or so rounds for it. Inbetween working full time and school I try to get to the range when I can.
So here's my review so far.
Out of the box the gun feels great in the hands. Now, a little background about me. My hands have a hard time fitting most guns. I have long fingers which makes it easier to hit all safeties, slide locks, and, magazine release. The down side is i have small palms so gripping guns can be a problem.
The Bersa Combat being a single stack and compact is very easy to grip and control. The gun comes with a green, two finger groove, rubber grip that to me really doesn't make too much of a difference. I say this because even with the two finger groove and the magazine in I can barely manage to get about a quarter of my pinky on the gun.
The construction of the gun is very tight with no noticeable loose parts until i took it to the range one day and put about two hundred rounds through and noticed I could not get a consistent shot pattern down. The reason I soon noticed was that the front sight had become loose and was sliding back and forth. The front sight is not pinned in by any means and from what I guess Bersa must use some type of adhesive to adhere it to the gun. My case could be a rarity. I simply used some red loctite and haven't had a problem since.
Trigger, Recoil, and Accuracy
The double action pull is pretty consistent though out the pull, with just a tab of stacking at the end and then followed by a crisp break. The single action has a tiny bit of take up and breaks just as crisp as the any other single action. The bottom line is the DA/SA on nothing to write home about, nothing really good or really bad about both of them.
Recoil is easily manageable with this gun. The .380 round doesn't have much of a kick to it and then add a dovetail, all metal frame and slide and it feels like nothing.
The accuracy on this gun is as expected. The fixed barrel and metal frame and slide make it one pinpoint tool. At ten yards most people should be able to punch out the center of a target with this gun. I like to think this gun is more accurate than me.
I've only had two failure to fires so far and it has ate just about any brand of ammo I have feed it.
I have carried the gun numerous times in both a pocket holster and IWB holster. For being all metal, I really didn't notice the gun all that much and at times it almost felt like it wasn't there.
If there was a bigger aftermarket for sights with the Bersa lineup this gun could be a good choice for cc. While it is slim, easy to control, and accurate, I still feel more confident carrying my glock.
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