The Thunder Concealed Carry

  1. christophereger
    Bersa has long marketed their Thunder series of compact DA/SA semi-auto pistols. With their Walther-ish lines, accuracy, and reliability they have been a hit around the world for both police and personal protection use. The Concealed Carry (CC) model, shrinks the same gun down and smooths it out for better carry. If you haven't looked into this subvariant, keep reading.

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    Design

    The Thunder itself is a very close mechanical clone of the Walther PP/PPK and is a superbly made product. The barrel is fixed to the frame in a locked breech design. The gun breaks down simply with a short rotating take down lever and you wind up with a basically empty slide while the barrel remains behind on the aluminum alloy frame. The barrel has Micro-polished bore with sharp, deep rifling. It has a magazine disconnect which you will either love or hate.

    Ergonomics and handling

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    The CC is right-hand only with the mag release, slide lock, and safety/decock ammo all on the inside left of the frame to be indexed by the thumb of the right hand. It is smooth and slim, with its Walther doppelganger heritage assured. However, it is a good bit lighter and marginally smaller than the German classic Bond gun. The grips are very thin with most cell phones are thicker.


    Reliability and Range report

    This little fella is a shooter. The trigger is nice and smooth with the first round double action with a good break and then single action after that. It is key in double action fire to allow the trigger to reset so that the trigger stroke is shorter. Recoil is crisp but not uncontrollable. The sights are built for snag-free conceal ability and are functional. In tests with 300 rounds of PMC Bronze FMJ, Winchester white box, and Federal JHP there were no FTF, FTE, and everything just plain old worked fine. We thought that accuracy would be an issue with the short sight radius and nubby fixed 3-dots but were pleased to be able to shoot a 50-round police-qualifying course of fire at 1.5-3-7-15-25 yards with a marksman-level score. A low bore axis gives the gun good accuracy while helping to tame that flip.

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    Specs

    Model: THUNDER 380 CC
    Caliber: .380 ACP
    Action: DA /SA
    Capacity: 8+1
    Barrel Length: 3.2"
    Front Sight: Blade Integral with Slide
    Rear Sight: Integral with Slide
    Finish: Matte Black or Duotone
    Grips: Black Polymer
    Construction: Alloy Frame/Steel Slide
    Safety: Integral Locking System,
    Manual, Firing Pin
    Weight: 16.4 oz.
    Length: 6"
    Height: 4.5"
    Width: 1"


    Overall, if you are looking for a great little carry gun with a lot of panache, you would be hard pressed not to consider the Bersa Thunder CC. At $300-ish, how can you go wrong?

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