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Hello I have a Thunder 380 and love it. Never one jam. I just bought a Firestorm 22 and nearly every shot I had to pull the slide back to eject the casing. I was using Remington bulk ammo rated at 1280fps and when I used the CCI Blazer I had no problems.

I noticed that the extractor (or ejector> the long bar that pulls the case out) is not flush with the slide when empty or chambered with a round and when I pull the slide back about 2 mm it is flush. Could there be a problem with the extractor or is this normal?

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John
 

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Was that Remington Golden Bullets or Thunderbolts you had problems with? I've read that the Thunderbolts are kind of weak I seem to remember having some a while back and they didn't work so good. I shoot lots of Golden Bullets in my BT Thunder 22 without problems.

As for the extractor, there's nothing wrong with it that's the way it's designed. When I got my BT22 I thought the same thing until I went online and checked out some pictures and videos.
 

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They weren't the Thunderbolts (those are from hell) but one fellow told me that because they only weighed 35 grains they were too light and not powerful enough. The lighter the bullet the less power needed to send it 1280fps. Thanks for the heads up on the ejector. I will try using only 40 grain bullets and let you know!
 

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Alot ot .22 auto pistols are picky about brands of ammo. For instance. I have 3 Ruger MkII .22 atuo pistols. One will feed the bulk pack Remmy stuff and Federal bulk, no Winchester of any kind or CCI. The other one will not feed Remmy bulk, just bulk pack Federals and CCI. The third gun will feed just about any crap ya put in it, so my wife uses it.
 

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Alot ot .22 auto pistols are picky about brands of ammo. For instance. I have 3 Ruger MkII .22 atuo pistols. One will feed the bulk pack Remmy stuff and Federal bulk, no Winchester of any kind or CCI. The other one will not feed Remmy bulk, just bulk pack Federals and CCI. The third gun will feed just about any crap ya put in it, so my wife uses it.
I have looked at the .22's and aways wondered just how good they were. Reports by owners I have seen on other sites have been either quite favorable or totally stinging on them.

If they are like most .22 pistols of this type design they will be ammo sensitive and will need a break in period to seat in and work smoothly.

I keep looking at them at the LGS but haven't brought one home just yet.
 

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I bought my FS-22 used a couple of years ago and the only ammo I've used is CCI and have never had a hiccup.
 

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This one is breaking in

I shot it today and only had two shells that didn't eject and it is starting to eat other ammo that it didn't before. I think after 1,000 rounds it will eat anything! The best 22 I have is the S & W MP 22 this gun is a full size glock look alike and I didn't have a jam for 2,000 rounds. And at that it might jam once every 700 rounds. Never had such a good 22 but the Bersa will be there soon because of the thick barrell this gun is shooting in very tight groups and as with my Thunder 380 as sexy as it is, it will soon eat anything I put into it. Secondly I have never seen this Bersa 22 ever so though it retailed for $200 I am sure the resale is closer to $450 as what I paid for the MP 22. There are so few of these James Bond 22's out there that you can almost name your price. And Again the barrel is the same barrel as the 380 which gives this gun good accuracy when combined with its being mounted on the lower.
 

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I have had VERY good results with my new BersaThunder 22. One of the things I did was go online and buy a spare recoil spring (goes around the barrel) and an extra magazine safety disconnect.

I took the new spring and held the end (smaller) over our shove flames until about 2-3 of the coils were red hot. Then let it cool. It took the temper out of only that end and is not as much spring tension now as an original. I then disassembled the 22 pistol and replaced the original (still in same condition as factory) with it and was able to shoot about any kind of cheap ammo I have in stock, EVEN REMINGTON THUNDERBOLT. Interesting thing is that the Federal bulk pack that shoots even crappy out of my SIG522 works but has similar issues of once in a while, a bullet has a good hit on the rim but does not fire. I merely save it and shoot it again and a strike on another part of the rim generally makes it fire.

Accuracy of the Thunderbolts was darn good out of this little pistol and a bit better than the CCI Mini-mags I shoot using the regular "factory" spring.

The extra safety disconnect I sanded off the hook at the top
Γ and that lets the pistol fire even if the magazine is accidentally dropped out or not entirely up in the magazine well (as long as there is a bullet in the chamber).

 

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Another picture, closer to the target and includes the Bers Thunder 22. I should note tha the extra spring and disconnector are not a bit expensive. $8.00 for a spring and I think $2.50 for the magazine disconnector, If I recall. Why buy extra? Because now you have 2 different springs, one modified for lighter powered ammo, and the original for harder shooting CCI and Winchester. Extra magazine disconnect helps you keep the original in the box, and if you ever decide to sell or trade it off, it is a simple switch out to make it factory again.

 

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