Bersa Thunder 380 Pistol



Specifications

Style Compact Pistol
Frame Blue, nickel, or duo tone
Caliber .380 ACP
Capacity 7/9 rounds
Weight
23 oz (652 g)
Length 6.675 inches (17 cm)
Barrel 3.5 inches (8.9 cm)
Trigger DA/SA
Sights Blade front, notch rear adjustable
Manufactured Argentina by Bersa S.A.
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Bersa Thunder 380 Reviews

     
133 Reviews

 

CuttyMcGee from Centreville, VA on Sat, 28 Nov 2015

I bought my Bersa 8 days ago and have put a 100 rounds through it. I brought it home for a cleaning and the trigger assembly washer has fallen out. Worse purchase I've made on a firearm in a long time. So on top of the $275 I've spent on the gun I now have to spend another $100 to have the gun stripped down and reassembled. I'll never buy another Bersa again. I own 11 handguns and have never had an issue like this. Save your money for a glock or the new CCP.

Russell C. from Chambersburg, PA on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Love my Bersa Thunder .380! One of the most under-rated guns out there. Load it w/ hollow points & you're good to go.

Justin J. from Mahomet, IL on Fri, 19 Sep 2014

My Bersa 380 is only 2 weeks old. Had a gunk-in-the-safety prob, that has been resolved, only 60 rounds thru it, but that will change this weekend. So, I'm looking at holsters, IWB. Has anybody used the one from Tennessee Holster Co.? The price isn't bad, I like the body shield and swivel clip, so it cants any way you'd like. Looks are one thing, experience is another. Opinions welcome!

Julius C. from Cross, SC on Tue, 16 Sep 2014

I own a Thunder380 and my cousin has a PPK -- if the Thunder380 is a copy (I can't see it myself), then it's a much improved copy. I used to own a PPK, couldn't stand the thing (it was VERY old but excellent condition) and jammed frequently. The Thunder380 performs flawlessly time after time. What was your source for the info on the "copying"? I'd like to see that info myself. Thanks

Mike L. from Washington, WV on Sun, 7 Sep 2014

I traded a older Beretta .32 Tomcat for a newer used Bersa .380 duo-tone, believe me, I got the best of that deal. The Bersa is now my everyday ccw carry, I know there are lighter, smaller .380's out there, but none fit my hand as well as the Bersa. After a day at the range, I'm completely satisfied. equip this pistol with a crimson trace grip ( $229, ouch) and it would be just about perfect. After 60 years as a gun owner ( I'm 71) I'm not impressed much by gun make or price, but I am impressed by "fit & function", the Bersa .380 is a winner.

Julius C. from Cross, SC on Sun, 24 Aug 2014

I love this weapon .. easy to site, easy to handle, easy to clean. Handles every round well, minimal jamming (usually when I try rapid shooting with a hi load *grin*) Also, found a good deal for non-manufacturer magazines, $24.95US +S&H: http://www.gunclips.net/be38010nigun.html (nickel) & http://www.gunclips.net/be38310380gu.html (black)

Travis H. from Birmingham, AL on Sat, 12 Jul 2014

I have fed my Baby Bersa Remington, UMC, and Winchester White Box FMJ and JHP. It eats them all up. Recently I started taking a good look at different self defense ammo. (other than just ordinary JHP) Some GNs I have talked to have told me that the extra power of +P may actually be a negative due to the extra force holding the bullet together, preventing it from expanding enough to create a sufficiant wound cavity. I have found some reports where that was a trueism. The two self defense rounds that I have been testing are Federal Champion Low Recoil and Hornady Critical Defense. Niether of them are +P rounds. Baby Bersa handled them both without any issues (it maybe expensive testing, but how much is your life worth to you?). I decided to go with the Hornady Critical Defense. I carry it not only in the .380 (Baby Bersa works great under a t-shirt) but I got it for the 9mm, 40 S&W, and .45 as well. One thing I was always told was that when it can to a firefight, caliber and power isn't as important as control and bullet placement!

Frank L. from Charleston, SC on Fri, 11 Jul 2014

As I've mentioned in the past, my Bersa Thunder .380 took some breaking in. I was NEVER inclined to replace it as I've seen some different firearms (same model) from the same manufacturer work totally different right out of the box. I really enjoy mine now and carry it daily. Of course, after the fifth box of ammo over 2000 rounds ago, I've not had any issues. Great little gun, just keep it clean and feed it with the right ammo. P.S. Semper Fi, usmc66.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Fri, 11 Jul 2014

Hey Will & all; I read that the barrel being less than 4 inches doesn't burn off all the powder quick enuff, so there is a bit of recoil. I sold my Bersa, but it's recoil reminded me of a 9mm Makarov I used to carry. Also read that Argentine FBI was carrying Bersa so it must have some endurance. I do like shooting them.

Tony O. from Clinton, SC on Sat, 5 Jul 2014

I have a Bersa Thunder .380 that I use for carry. It is small, reliable and would definately take the fight out of a BG. It has a lot more on it than a gun in this price range should. It goes with me every where it can legally.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Mon, 26 May 2014

Good choice John. My lady likes the feel of the one I got recently. Dog's right, the spring is a bit stiff. The action in mine feels a bit "gravelly" i.e. like it needs a few rounds to smooth itself out, but it shoots nice, feeds good. Lots of luck to both of you. BTW, last 2 gun shows here, prices seemed to be going up on thunder 380's; dealers said it's popularity is increasing from word of mouth.

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Tue, 13 May 2014

Took my new Thunder .380 out for a spin at the local range. I have a leather fanny pack it fits in like it should. Much lighter than my Sig P220. I put 50 rds of Win fmj flat noses through the pipe. Not a hitch.No FTE, no FTF, just steady firing for this first box. I took note of some of the reviews here and cleaned and oiled it thoroughly before and after firing. Effortless field strip and re-assembly. This baby is a keeper!!!

Devin M. from Jackson, MS on Sun, 11 May 2014

I just tried my first trip outside the house in shorts and t-shirt...carrying my Sig P220. My wife gave me her best "Where do you think you're going with that huge bulge? speech. So I went to the gun show looking for something smaller, slimmer and found a great price on a Thunder 380. Thanks guys for these great posts. It helps me feel I got a good CC weapon at a reasonable price. I'll drop by the range tomorrow and start breaking it in. Wish me luck.

Roger S. from Wilton, CA on Wed, 30 Apr 2014

I bought the Bersa Thunder 380 several months ago for concealed carry and bedside night table use. I love the way the gun looks but I have mixed reactions on performance. I have shot about 300 to 350 rounds and I have a problem with it jamming on the 7th round, (last round). I have oiled it well and still have that problem. When the gun shoots, it shoots well, right on target. I just wonder if I can depend on it when needed most, to save my life. Where I live it is quite a distance to the range so I don't go often and when I do I make sure that the gun is clean and well oiled and the same thing. I can depend on the first 2 or 3 rounds but beyond the 3 it is iffy. Most often it is the final round in the clip that hangs up. Anyone else with this same disappointment?

Alton C. from Bloomfield Hills, MI on Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Use for summer carry mainly, shorts and t-shirt weather. Have put about 300 rounds through it, different types of ball and H.P. Functioned flawlessly. Curious about running some + p ammo through it for testing and then for carry rounds. Anyone fired Buffalo Bore + p or anyother + p through there Thunder 380 and if so how did it go?

Martin S. from Campbellsville, KY on Fri, 11 Apr 2014

Recently picked up a Bersa Thunder in .380 I am impressed with the simplicity of this pistol. Super easy to takedown and clean. My only complaint is the safety is stiff, not the ideal thing to have for a concealed carry gun. If you can't just flick the safety off then whats the point? I like the fit and feel of the gun and when I get the chance to take it to the range I am sure it's going to be a fun piece.

Stephen W. from Bryans Road, MD on Fri, 11 Apr 2014

Purchased this gun and I Love it... Took it to the range for the first time and fired 100 rounds without one FTE/FTF.

Douglas O. from Cincinnati, OH on Sat, 22 Mar 2014

I LOVE this gun!!!! It shoots great,easy to aim and the sights are dead on....not much recoil and it eats up all kinds of different ammo....I am very impressed with the quality.....and it looks cool,too!

Forrest C. from Hyattsville, MD on Sat, 15 Feb 2014

Great gun, It is just a little large for a .380. Very reliable and accurate , the price is right.

Eduardo L. from Athens, AL on Tue, 7 Jan 2014

I have several Walther PPKs, PPs, and PPKs [no S&W] and this gun works as well if not better than any. I paid 179 for mine and its a great gun. The only draw back is it is bigger than some of the new TCP,LCP,KT guns that are great for deep CC. Mags are a bit hard to find. I picked up two extra and can say this gun is as dependable as they come.

Bersa Thunder 380 Questions & Comments

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Tom O. from Aurora, IL on Wed, 7 Jan 2015

yes pratice,pratice,pratice...when racking the gun hold the gun next to your chest it will be easyer to work,the thunder has a stiff spring....

Rick A. from Jarrell, TX on Wed, 7 Jan 2015

Hubby just bought me this gun, new. My first. It has the grip laser I have 2 weeks to learn to shoot and have scheduled a CC class. Any advice guys?

Samuel J. from Topeka, KS on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Picked up my Thunder 380 today,my first semi-auto and ran 50 rnds thru it. No complaints here,felt good,shot well. I had 2 jams,but blame them on limp wrist. Will give the wrap a try like pirouge mentioned below. Went to the gun shop this weekend just to look but had to have it after seeing the gun and the price! If you are considering buying one and in the Fort Myers area,message me and I`ll tell you where and the price paid.

Mike L. from Washington, WV on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

by the way, I added the Bersa rubber wrap a round grips to my bt.380, what a improvement, if you only get one thing for your bersa thunder, get these, piratically eliminates limp wristing because of the better grip and absorbs recoil a lot better. their not as pretty as some of the exotic woods but pretty doesn't cut it at the range, only results do.

Mike L. from Washington, WV on Sat, 20 Sep 2014

markmac56; I'm on a real tight budget, so I use Uncle Mikes size 1 IWB model, I like it. I think I paid $10 for it. The clip is large enough to keep it from shifting around and its soft nylon, almost a suede finish. I own several U/M holsters, they all work well.

Tom O. from Aurora, IL on Thu, 18 Sep 2014

yes you are correct..the ppk is so tightly machined that i,ve herd over and over again that it fails to eject alot ,german go figer......

Mike L. from Washington, WV on Tue, 16 Sep 2014

uglydog 56; go to wikipedia for the correct low down on Bersa, the Thunder .380 is not a copy of the walther ppk, (thank god) but it is a much improved version.

Mike L. from Washington, WV on Tue, 16 Sep 2014

will carry; the edge is called "shot placement" and that takes practice, there's no other way around it.

Tom O. from Aurora, IL on Mon, 15 Sep 2014

i never hear anything bad about bad serial numbers on this gun. the production has been pretty much the same from day 1 when 2 itailan brothers in south america copy-catted the walther ppk.I,m sure the folks at walther are happy about that......maybe thats the reason they went to south america to get around patents ?.....

Victor W. from Frazeysburg, OH on Sun, 14 Sep 2014

Hi Folks, Looks like everyone has had good luck with these pistols. Anything I should look out for, certain serial numbers to stay away from?

Wayne D. from Centralia, WA on Sun, 14 Sep 2014

I don't use 380 +P either. To me 380+P is called 9mm. But I cannot blame a person for carrying 380+P ammo. You got to have an edge.

Mike L. from Washington, WV on Sun, 14 Sep 2014

about ammo, to each his own, but for me, +P? in a .380 is just not worth it, it's nice to know your weapon is built strong enough to handle it, but the cost, wear & tear on aluminum frames negates any practical advantage. Lets face it, in my BT.380, my favorite load is Fed. Hydro- shocks, they will get the job done just as well as +P at the range I need to use them, if ever confronted by man or beast.

Roy E. from Odessa, TX on Sun, 7 Sep 2014

@pirouge I am considering the Crimson Trace Bersa Thunder 380 & Firestorm 380, 32 , 22 Laser Grip System (LG-442) and was wondering if you or anyone else has it. I have a Thunder 380DLX. Any help would be appreciated.

Walter C. from Perryville, MD on Sun, 7 Sep 2014

Just bought one a couple of weeks ago and for the price, you can't beat them. Tiny and easily concealed. Lets not forget accurate and reliable.

Tom O. from Aurora, IL on Fri, 11 Jul 2014

federial hydroshock is very good also ,as for +p ammo look at the charts ball and cap .380 is approx 195# of energy,compare your ammo to the +p ammo if its lower than the +p then its worth it to buy.i have not seen balis charts on any +p.380? has anybody seen the balistics on the +p.380.....ps. the+p38 makes approx 20% more energy than a 38 special....................

Raymond S. from El Sobrante, CA on Thu, 10 Jul 2014

I've carried a BT380 for a couple of years now. I use Speer gold dot or Hornady TAP as a carry ammo. Aguila HP are good for all purpose. I also have a Thunder Pro 9. Wonderful firearms, well made - reliable and affordable.

Wayne D. from Centralia, WA on Thu, 10 Jul 2014

I don't know about how many rounds a Bersa can fire before it is "worn out". They are good, well-made pistols though. I did talk to a gun manufacturer about 380 +P ammunition. He did not think too highly of plus pee ammo for a 380. He siad something to the effect " +P is over priced ammo that doesn't really give you any more stopping power than standard pressure 380 ammo. It's just a way for ammo makers to make more money while giving shooters a false sense of security." I think he was trying to tell me that his pistols aren't rated for +P ammo. I ain't sure. I shoot PMC Starfire and Glaser PowerBall in my 380. The only +P ammo I have is 38sp+P and I bought it on sale at Wallmart. I may be an old fool but I feel like if I need more power, I'll get a bigger gun. BUT I if I ever have to use a 380 I'll probably wish it was +P, the bad guy won't know the difference. I have heard very knowledgable pistol fighters talk trash about the 380 cartridge. Say if you get attacked by a drug crazed zombie it won't work. yada yada yada. Baby Face Nelson was shot 17 times with 45acp and 00 buch shot and was still able to kill 2 G-men, get in his car and drive away. He died later of his wounds.

Eugene B. from Milton, WV on Thu, 10 Jul 2014

Would anyone know what the life span of these guns are and if they are rated for +p?

Tom O. from Aurora, IL on Mon, 26 May 2014

john just remember to have your daughter hold the gun next to her chest when she works the slide......4 a little gun the spring is pretty hard.......

Jeffrey S. from Florence, NJ on Sat, 24 May 2014

Bought a new Bersa 380 today. Model ThunderDUO like in photo #5. It was 249.00 + tax and the shop threw in an extra mag they had laying around for free! I picked up a box of Hydra Shoks and a box of AE FMJ also. The total for the gun, the extra mag and 2 boxes of ammo as $308.00. I went in to look at the Walther PK380. It was about 120.00 more. After handling both guns, I actually liked the Bersa better. I purchased it for my daughter, a 9mm is too much for her. I am hoping this will be one she can handle. I will post the results of our trip to the range after we go. I will wait to rate the gun until then. I can't wait to shoot this gun.

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