Bersa Thunder 380
|Bersa Thunder 380|
Bersa Thunder 380 with Satin Nickel finish.
|Place of origin||Argentina|
|Used by||Ecuadorian Air Force|
|Variants||Thunder Concealed Carry (CC)
Thunder 380 Plus
|Weight||20 oz. (560 g) Unloaded|
|Length||6.61 in. (168 mm)|
|Barrel length||3.54 in. (90 mm)|
|Cartridge||.380 ACP (9×17mm Browning Short)|
|Muzzle velocity||1050 ft/s (Cor-Bon JHP)|
|Feed system||Regular: 7, 9, or 10-Round single-stack magazine
Concealed Carry: 8-Round single-stack magazine
Plus: 15-Round double-stack magazine
The Thunder 380 is part of the current Bersa product lineup that also includes the Thunder 32, Thunder 22, Thunder 22-6, Thunder 32, Thunder 380 Deluxe, Thunder 9, Mini Thunder 9, Mini Thunder 40, and Mini Thunder 45. A light variant of the Thunder 380, called the 'Concealed Carry' model (or 380CC), and a 15 round capable "Bersa Thunder 380 plus" were released by Bersa in the United States, and variants 'Firestorm 380' and 'Firestorm 22' are sold by Firestorm SGS of New Jersey; assembled from parts manufactured by Bersa.
The Thunder 380 is intended for general civilian use, especially the concealed carry market. The Thunder 380 is quite popular in many South American countries, where the .380 ACP is often the most powerful cartridge allowed to civilians.
A number of military and law enforcement forces have included Bersa 380's in their inventory, including the Ecuadorian Air Force.
The Thunder 380 has a light aluminum alloy frame that reduces weight for easier carry, yet the pistol still retains enough mass (weight) to help tame recoil. Due to the small frame, the pistol is very well suited for female firers, and males with smaller hands. The magazines, however are designed with an extra section of grip, so that all fingers of the firing hand are accommodated. The blowback, fixed-barrel design theoretically aids accuracy, and it appears that the vast majority of Thunder 380 users report favorably on that issue. The nearly straight-in alignment of the chamber and the topmost cartridge in the magazine seems to be responsible for the pistol's reliable chambering and cycling. The frame features a long rearward tang over the grips, which effectively protects the shooter's thumb web from hammer-bite or slide-bite. There are several safety features built into the Thunder 380: a slide mounted manual safety and decocker that blocks the hammer, a magazine disconnect safety that prevents firing if a magazine is not inserted, a long double-action (DA) first trigger pull, an inertial firing pin, and (in some models) an integral key-operated trigger lock. Some versions also feature an automatic firing pin block. The pistol has a rear sight windage adjustment.