Sunday, July 31, 2016

Guns: Bersa Thunder review (The .380 Throne, Part 3 of 5)

[I'm clearing out a bunch of my .380 pistols, so I thought it'd be fun to do a C/D-style comparison test to see which one is king of the hill...]

3. Bersa Thunder - Roaring In

You know how in car mag comparos, they always drop in one vehicle that doesn't belong, in terms of size or performance or price? Well, the Bersa Thunder doesn't really fit in this test. It's much larger and heavier than all the other guns here; unless you have M.C. Hammer pants, this is not going to be something you can carry in your pocket.

Of course, the Thunder's size, weight, and traditional fixed barrel/blowback operating system made it incredibly accurate and easy to shoot. This gun ran reliably with all ammunition, and also had one of the lowest street prices, too. If you don't intend to carry your .380 in the pocket and can handle a DA/SA trigger, you really need to try this gun out.

16 rounds of Fiocchi at 10 yards:

16 rounds of Magtech at 10 yards:

16 rounds of PMC Bronze at 10 yards:

18 rounds of S&B at 10 yards:

16 rounds of S&B at 15 yards. This is one of the few compact .380s you could realistically employ at extended distances (e.g., in an active shooter scenario).


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