Hey everybody. Never Enuff Ammo here. I’m going to be doing a review on the Bersa Thunder .380 concealed carry model. I just want to go over a few quick things here in regards to your application, what you’re going to be using this for. This is essentially manufactured to be a concealed carry handgun. I can see it being used possibly for home defense, to keep somewhere in your house, maybe close to the bed. It would work. Possibly a vehicle gun, something to keep under the seat. This isn’t a range gun. This isn’t something I would take to the range, and as we go through the details on it, you’ll kind of figure out why.
This is essentially, as most Bersa Thunder .380s are, a Walther PPK clone. Now, this one’s obviously a little different. The concealed carry model has some changes to it that make it a little different than the regular Thunder .380, but, essentially, it is a PPK clone. This particular pistol is a double-action, blowback operated pistol.
Essentially, as far as double-action goes, and I’ll show you here, the gun is unloaded. Unload the magazine, and nothing in there. No brass. Double-action means, essentially, for anyone who doesn’t know, that you can use your first round, you can put a round in the chamber, and with your first trigger pull, you get a long, smooth trigger pull that pulls the hammer back, and when you get to the end of the trigger pull, releases it forward. Now, once you’ve done that once, it goes into single-action mode, and you get a nice, light trigger pull.
The size of this gun, we’re looking right at about six inches long, about four inches high, 4.1 inches high. It is right at about one inch wide, and it’s got about a five and a half inch slide. This pistol weighs right at about 19 and a half ounces. 19.6, 19.7 empty. Obviously, Thunder .380, it’s a .380 caliber pistol, which is essentially a small nine millimeter. Nine millimeter without as much punch.
For anybody who has .380s, you know right now we’re having a hell of a time trying to find .380s. Mostly, I order mine online, except for a few times I’ve gotten lucky walking into a Wal-Mart or Academy or something like that, and happen to see some on the shelf, I’ll pick it up. For anybody looking to buy one, you might want to take that into consideration depending on what you’re going to use it for. The ammo is not the easiest to find, and when you do find it, it can be expensive.
This particular pistol has an eight-round magazine, so you’ve got eight plus one, one in the chamber, so it will hold nine rounds total. As far as the magazines on these, if you’re going to buy a second one, like I’ve got here, the pistol itself only comes with one magazine out of the box. If you’re going to get a second one, get it from Bersa. I have had a lot of problems with a friend of mine’s gun, and heard a lot of different people complaining that after-market parts for Bersa pistols put you pretty much at just the magazines. There’s not a lot of after-market parts manufactured for these yet, and you get a lot of failure to feeds and things like that with their after-market magazines. So if you’re going to get a magazine, get it from Bersa.
The ergonomics, I guess, of this are pretty good. It’s a good feeling pistol. It’s a smaller pistol, and as you can see here, my pinky doesn’t quite all make it on there, but it feels good in the hand. Unlike the other models, it does have finger grooves here. The plastic grips on it, even though they look kind of cheap, they actually feel pretty good, and you get a good grip on it. They’re not slippery or anything.
On this particular model, and on all of the Bersa Thunder .380s, your magazine release is located up here, behind and above the trigger, whereas on most other pistols, I’m sure, you’re used to them being down here, behind and below the trigger. It works really well. When you’ve got it in your hand, your thumb easily can make it to right there, just as easily as it can make it to down here, and it works really well.
This is actually slide release. I actually called Bersa and asked them about this. A lot of these, nowadays, if you read the manuals, they call them slide stops. Not a lot of companies are making them as slide releases anymore. Bersa actually says you can use this to release the slide forward. A lot of companies don’t like you doing that with their pistols anymore, and so they’ve changed the name of this and called it a slide stop. I’m assuming for where on the pistol – they don’t want you releasing the slide that way. This one, Bersa says you can do it, so hey.
The gun does have a slight little beaver tail here, which I like. Don’t really need it on this pistol, because as you can see, the slide itself is pretty high up. I mean, it’s a good half inch above my hand, so I’m not worried about getting bit by the slide. It does have three dot sights, which, as you can see, are very, very low-profile. They can be seen, but they’re not the quickest to acquire. You can see here how much they actually stick up. It’s not that much at all.
It does have a decocker here, and we’ll show you that. If you want to carry one in the chamber, put one in, do your decocker, and then your first shot’s going to be double-action. This particular gun has a key lock on it. I’m not real familiar with the rest of the Bersa Thunders, I don’t know if they come with it, too, but it does come with a little key and you can lock up the pistol so that it can’t be fired.
Trigger pull on this thing and double-action is right at about eight pounds. Real smooth. Real good-feeling double-action trigger. In single-action, right at about four pounds, and it feels nice. Assembly on this, if you know anything about Walthers – I’m not going to go through this right now. Essentially, all you’re going to do is flop that lever down, pull the slide back, pull it up, and then release it off the front. Pretty simple.
Simple blowback operation, as far as the pistol goes. I mean, your main spring’s right over the barrel, and, you know, it’s really easy to take apart and put back together. Accessories on this thing, not really anything. I’ve searched around and have not been able to find hardly anybody that makes accessories other than magazines for these guns. I know some of the larger models that are not the concealed carry model, you can swap our sights and things like that on it, but not a lot of people make accessories for these guns. Hopefully, that will change, because Bersa’s been selling a lot of these over the last couple of years with this big growth in the .380 market, so who knows. They’ll probably start making some more stuff for them.
Durability, I mean, you know, it’s a good little gun. This thing’s been around – not this particular model, not the concealed carry, but the Bersa Thunders have been around for about fifteen years, I believe. You know, they’re good little guns. I haven’t heard anybody complain about them. Aluminum alloy frame, so it’s pretty light. Got a steel slide. Pretty durable. I haven’t put a whole lot of punishment on this one, but, you know, I haven’t been good to it by any means. I haven’t gone out of my way to keep it in good shape.
Reliability-wise, like I said, I haven’t put a whole lot of use on it. I’ve gone about 500 rounds on it. Have not had a single failure to feed, failure to extract, anything on this gun. So far, I’m happy with it, and I would trust it to carry. I have.
It does come with a lifetime warranty. I have not had to deal with Bersa on anything as far as that goes, so I don’t know what the customer service is like or anything, but it does have a lifetime warranty, so I’m assuming just like Smith & Wesson, or Taurus or a lot of these other companies that, you know, they’ll take care of whatever’s a problem with it. I’ll see about customer service if I ever come up with a problem. I’ll update you on that.
The model history, as far as this particular gun goes, this gun’s been around since 1995. They are made in Argentina. The company’s – Bersa’s been around since the 1950s, and they have an excellent reputation. I’ve heard a lot of people give these little guns grief, but I’ve yet to find somebody that actually owned one give it grief. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about them just because they call them cheap little pistols, and you know, cheap little foreign-made pistols, but, I mean, I have to tell you, I don’t see a problem with this thing at all. It’s been great.
You know, as far as the look, they’re smooth-looking little pistols. Essentially a Walther PPK, you know, that’s James Bond’s gun, so you’ve got a smooth-looking little pistol. Overall, I mean, this gun cost me 250 brand new, so value-wise, I’ve got no problems. Even if I’m paying more for ammo, it’s a good little gun. Like I said, the overall value is excellent. Anyway, that’s about it. I’m going to get out of here. I’m about to run out of time. Thanks for watching. I’ll have some more videos up.