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Bersa THUN380PNKL1 Thunder 380 Plus 15+1 380ACP 3.5"
by Richard M Date Added: Sunday 13 May, 2012
My Bersa 380 Plus final arrived and a day later after a delayed background check. At first look I was apprehensive, the nickel finish looked a cheap, but after cleaning the surface the flat nickel looked better. ONLY one magazine was in the box and extras run from $38 - $50 plus shipping (when they’re in stock). The sights were right-on right out of the box. At 10 yards I was making 3 inch grouping with the full mag. I ran about 200 rounds through and had one FTF, but that happen when I was testing the 36 rounds of Tul-ammo (I consider this an ammo FTF issue not the gun. The other 14 rounds of Tul-ammo I tested on my Bersa 380 7rd model and had several FTF issues). The rest was brass cased rounds of FMJ round & flat nose Wal-Mart ammo and some hollow points, the good stuff and had no issues at all. The grip is made for a large hand. I wear a large size glove and the 380 fits my hand perfectly. My other Bersa 380 has a thinner grip and can accommodate the smaller and large hand easily. The 15rd magazine well adds quarter inch to the grip’s length, but that works because it gives room for my pinky to get a good grip. Surprisingly, the grip length is the same length as my 7rd 380 with the magazine pinky grip extension. I have two issues with the 380 plus. First after cleaning the gun with Wal-Mart Break-Free PowerBlast gun cleaner, the rear sights coloring was completely washed out. In the words of Homer Simpson, “D’OH.” I’ll get some glow-in-the-dark paint and a fine artist paint brush and fix that. The other issue I have is the magazine-trigger safety. The safety has a different activation mechanism than my 380 7rd which engages at the base of the magazine with a solid bar. The 380 plus magazine engages the mechanism further up on the magazine. The magazine engages the spring directly. The spring already shows a shinny spot where this happens. Not the robust mechanism I expected. Oh, other thoughts, the trigger guard bites into my middle finger where it meets the magazine well housing. The machine bevel needs to be smooth out, this will greatly improve the ergonomics without allot of reengineering. I could smooth it out, but that would ruin the nickel finish. Nice smooth trigger pull. Recoil is very manageable. Magazine pops right out. Paid $352 + 4(Ins) + 30(FFL) = $386 total. I give a 5 STAR rating. Happiness is a warm gun. :-)

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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