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Posted: 5/22/2005 3:12:30 PM EDT
I picked up a Bersa Thunder .380 not too long ago and I really like this pistol. I paid $240 out the door including tax and background check and I think it is a great buy. I have shot over 400 rounds through it, Winchester, UMC, factory reloads, and the Starfires I carry with and have not had a single failure out of this pistol. Upside down, sideways, doesn't matter. It is a great gun in the league with the Beretta Cheetah, Sig 232, and Walther James Bond type gun (PPK?). Anyway if anybody hasn't checked it out before do so if you like the caliber. During hot weather here in Florida I either carry it or my S&W 637 +P so as far as power that is pretty comparible. You can't beat the price, has a decocker function/manual safety, slide lock, internal keyed lock, and a lifetime warranty for the original owner. The only thing that has bugged me is attempting to clear a live round to unload it sometimes it will catch the tip of the round and hang up, but in a situation the casing will be coming out empty so that really isn't an issue. Just a review, I know some don't like the .380 caliber and I usually have a .45 in the truck at all times or on me in cold weather(clothing) but this makes a great little hot weather carry option
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 3:25:37 PM EDT
Yeah, I've seen a Thunder, got to handle it even. To me, it seems like great competition against a Sig 230 or 232, and a walther PPK or PPK/S.

Bersa Thunder .380 Automatic

But, I spent just a little more, and went with a CZ-83... Nice pistol. I'm with you, the .380 would make a decent carry gun. I prefer my 1911. But, I would be comfortable with my CZ-83... Sure, it's a smaller round, but I have twice as many! The light recoil, and heavy sturdy steel frame makes double taps childs play.

CZ-83 .380 Automatic

Although, I feel that a .380 or a .38 special is the absolute minimun for safe concealed carry.

Teflon Tip
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:01:36 PM EDT
Here are a couple of pics of my Bersa i just took.

Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:11:04 PM EDT
Ohhh, sheeit... two tone, nice Teflon
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 2:32:42 AM EDT
Got one too. Great little pistol. Mine is super reliable too.

Link Posted: 5/23/2005 3:30:52 AM EDT
Sold 10 of these babies in 2 years to cops for off duty carry. They love them. Accurate and cost efficient.
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 8:43:17 AM EDT
I like mine. Accurate and well built for a $200 pistol.
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