The Bersa Thunder .380 Combat is an excellent choice for new shooters and those of us on a budget, discover here why.
Bersa Thunder .380 Combat Pistol Review
Just about every gun owner remembers the first handgun they ever bought and mine was the Bersa Thunder .380 Combat. This handgun is perfect for anyone looking to buy their first concealed weapon on a budget. As you well know, the price of a pistol can range from mild to wild, and trying to find the right gun for the right cost is always a challenge. This is especially true when you only have so much money you can spend.
Any person who has been in that situation knows to really look at the value of what you are purchasing. The Bersa Thunder .380 Combat price is around $300 and is a great value. My thought when I first walked into the local gun store was to buy a handgun, but not spend a fortune on it. I am the type of person who really believes in getting the absolute best with the amount of money you have.
The Combat is an upgraded version of the original gun from Bersa Thunder dealers. The redesigned slide allows for a lower profile than the original, while the serrations have been enlarged so that you can really get a grip on it when you need to pull it back.
The Bersa .380 Combat is a great firearm to carry concealed. The rounded trigger guard and overall small stature allow for it to fit easier into just about any holster. Plus, the flat-bottomed magazine only holds 8-rounds, which helps hide it from prying eyes.
This compact gun comes from the factory with olive-colored, wrap-around grips. However, if that is not your style, the Bersa Website has multiple options to choose from. I changed mine out from the original ones to the pink Bersa Thunder Combat grips.
Safety is a top priority with Bersa, and it shows in the design of the integral locking system that has been placed in the gun. The decocker allows for virtually risk-free carry. It is a great safety measure which allows for multiple action options.
When it comes to accuracy, the combat version of this gun is much greater than the original. I have some trouble aiming with certain sights, but not the ones on the Bersa. The adjustable dovetail sights really help me focus and stay on my target. The micro-polished bore is not too different compared to the original but the difference in accuracy is very apparent.
Bersa Thunder .380 Ammunition
If you are a gun enthusiast who doesn’t have strong arms or a solid grip when using bigger calibers, (9mm, 45ACP etc.) then the Bersa .380 Combat may suit you. Personally, I have tried to shoot a 9mm, and since I do not have as much strength in my hands & arms, I do not shoot it as well due to the recoil. That is not the case with my 20oz aluminum-framed Bersa.
My only real issue so far has been with loading magazines at the range. After a while of being frustrated and unable to load the last few rounds in each magazine, I went to Bersa’s Website and found a loader that has been a great help. The loader I use is known as the ADCO Super Thumb Loader. They charged me $9.00 + shipping for it, but it is a great value, and it has saved me so much time, and many headaches.
Check out this video by PersonalDefenseNet of the Bersa Thunder .380:
Overall this is a great gun for a first-time gun owner, especially for someone who has smaller hands. I absolutely love it, and I am definitely keeping mine for a very long time.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.