Accessorize your Bersa Thunder .380

By Editor, Jun 19, 2014 | |
  1. Editor

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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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  2. Hificat101

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    I just ordered a new Thunder 380CC (satin nickel) from my local dealer tonight. I'm intrigued by the wood grips. Wonder if anyone has tried them, and also if there is an online source other than Bersa for them? The blue ones and walnut ones I'm liking the most are both out of stock.
     
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  3. 9UC

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    Haven't heard that much on the 380CC, but have heard a lot of complaints on the fit for the BT380s. I do have a set on my BT32 Cal that are nice.
     
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  4. David Whitaker

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    I ordered the Walnut wood grips for my Bersa satin 380CC (off the Bersa site). They are so thick that they are uncomfortable, the original screws do not seat as well, and the fit required some dremel work for the r side grip to allow the drawbar to function, but... they look great ! I went with a hogue slip on grip for my CC, and it's a much better shooter, and still looks great, and is easily removable if I want the lower profile original grip. For my new Combat model, the std rubber wrap-around grips make this my best shooter even though they don't look as fancy. If you have the std Bersa 380 with plastic grips, check the rubber wrap around grips out for an even better shooting exp.
     
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  5. Rootcause

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    Mecgar makes excellent quality magazines often as the OEM for many European makes like Beretta and more. The Mecgar Versa Thunder mag holds 8 rounds and fits flush. They come in blue or nickel.
    During this pandemic I was able to find them on eBay on auction at a good price, 3 for $49.
    They work great and I go to them first before using the Bersa 7 round mags.
     
  6. WarEagleEd

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    Rootcause,

    Have you used the magazines in your Bersa yet? If so, how did they perform?
     
  7. Rootcause

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    2 of the 3 were easy to load with 8.
    One was tough but I loaded it and let it sit for a week.
    At the ra all three were good and all three reloaded fine.
    Good quality. I have had Mec-gar for other guns in the past. Much better fit and finish than promag