I needed a gun that made sense to me the .38 special was too big and heavy, the 9mm had too much recoil for this first time user. When I went to my first gun show as a purchaser – I think it was love at first sight – I like the look of it – smooth and sleek. When I picked it up – it was like shaking hands with an old friend. Price was also a consideration and while the price is great (about $300.00), for a beginner, there is nothing cheap about this gun. The Bersa is self-loading using the simple blowback system, which means it gets its energy from the backwards motion from the expelled gas that pushes the bullet out, ejecting the casing, and loading the next round. The Thunder Bersa 380 has a 3.5 barrel with a 7 + 1 round capacity. It has a side mounted safety/de-cocker on a metal frame, which is not usual for a gun in this price range. Included with your new Bersa is a set of keys for the internal trigger lock.
Things I just took for granted before writing this review was the shape of the trigger guard and the serrated edge which I’ve heard high level competitive shooters say is a must for their very expensive guns for added control. The top of the slide and the magazine release button are checkered – cutting down on sun glare from the slide and easy identification of the release button which is easy to reach. Another great feature of this gun is the hammer block which blocks the hammer if it should fall forward for any other reason than having the trigger pulled. I’ve dropped this gun on concrete while cocked without any problems. When the safety is engaged the trigger has a disconnect to prevent an accidental discharge and if the magazine is not in the gun the built in safety prevents the gun from firing. Other features on the Bersa include a slide release lever and a windage adjustable 3-dot sight. There is also a large beavertail to help prevent slide-bite.
This gun is perfect for the new shooter as well as the experienced one; it fits well in the hand and is not to heavy which makes it an excellent choice for conceal carry.