Accessorize your Bersa Thunder .380

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    If you are an owner of a Bersa Thunder 380, you know that it is a well-made, compact, personal defense handgun that packs a lot of features in a relatively inexpensive semi-automatic. It is highly accurate, solidly built and has a very clean trigger pull in both Double and Single Action.

    As a Bersa owner, I have found two great accessories to make this solid performing handgun even better. They are the Bersa rubber wrap around grip and the Bersa 9 round DLX magazine. Both are available from Bersa or Bersa accessory resellers.

    The Bersa Thunder 380 comes standard with plastic grips. While the grips are textured, they can be a bit slippery if your hands are sweaty. Also, they make grasping of the handgun feel small in your hands; as if the gun was too small. I found this to be the case for me even though I have medium sized hands. A person with large hands might feel like their hands were swallowing the gun.

    Additionally, by not having the correct grip, I found that horizontal motion (caused by the smaller stature of the gun) was throwing some of my shots off to the left or right if I did not have a very strong hold. By adding the Bersa wraparound grips, not only did my palms feel better but the addition of the contoured finger grooves in front felt more natural. I was immediately shooting much straighter with no wandering due to insufficient grip of the Bersa.

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    The grip is easily installed by removing the screws from each of the single standard handgun grips, wrapping the new one-piece grip around the magazine well and re-insert the grips screws. The installed grip is shown above.

    The second accessory that many people will like is the extended round Bersa DLX magazine. This holds 9 rounds versus the stock 7 that comes with the Bersa Thunder 380. One of the drawbacks owners have commented on was the low capacity of the Bersa 380. It seems to be fairly common among gun manufactures to make these .380 caliber handguns hold only 6 to 7 rounds of ammo so this issue is not singularly related to Bersa.

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    By adding the DLX magazine, your Bersa Thunder 380 is now a 9+1 capacity handgun. You will notice in the picture above, the magazine is not much longer than the stock 7 round (on the right) and is canted at an optimal angle. It also features an extended Bersa pinky grip so the magazine does not appear too long for the handgun (as occurs with other handguns that accept larger capacity magazines not specifically designed for the handgun).

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    The addition of the rubber grip and the extended magazine makes a great improvement to your Bersa Thunder 380. They provide a combination of better stability, better feel and enhanced capacity to an already well made firearm.

    The final look and feel of these cost effective accessory upgrades are well worth the price.

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