After a tedious 48 hour “cool down period”, yesterday I was finally able to take home my new toy!
The Bersa Thunder 380 CC is everything a conceal and carry gun should be and more. Do I wish the 380 round was more than just a neutered 9mm? Sure, but I still wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of it.
The Bersa Thunder is a clone of the PPK, a legend in it’s own right, but unlike the PPK (or even the standard Bersa Thunder), it holds 8 + 1 rounds and it’s loaded with safety features including a de-cocking lever, loaded chamber indicator, and an automatic safety when the magazine is dropped (I know some of you aren’t a fan of that one). When I am carrying, I like to know that my firearm won’t shoot me. With this gun, I am very confident.
All of the sharp edges on the gun have been softened to make it the smoothest draw you have ever experienced, whether you are drawing from your waistband, or your jacket pocket, you would be hard pressed to snag this bad boy on anything. This does mean that the three dot sight system is very low profile and takes a little getting used to. However, as I wouldn’t recommend carrying a gun that you haven’t become proficient with anyway, this should pose no serious problem.
The trigger pull is smooth whether in double action or single, however, as with most semi-autos, the double action pull is long.
At 25 yards, I was shooting fist sized groupings on rapid fire, and about half that size during slow pull; and I have small hands guys. The Thunder ate everything I fed it. Lead, flat heads, FMJ and JHP. It just kept eating like a hungry hungry hippo!
You may be thinking, “Hey, this sounds like a great little piece, but I bet it costs around $400 to $500 and there is no way my wife will let me drop that kind of cheese.” Well, you are in for the shock of your life! This little bugger can be found for $300 and below. I picked mine up in brand new condition for $240!
For the citizen on a budget, this is the most bang you are ever going to find for your buck. Trust me. I’m a professional.