BERSA Thunder 380

BERSA Thunder 380

Infobox Weapon|is_ranged=yes|

caption=BERSA Thunder 380 with satin nickel finish
name=BERSA Thunder 380
type=Semi-automatic pistol
used_by=Ecuadorian Air Force
caliber=.380 ACP
part_length=3.54 in (90 mm)
cartridge=.380 ACP (9x17mm Browning Short)
feed=7, 9, or 10-round single-stack magazine
velocity=1050 ft/s (Cor-Bon JHP)
weight=(unloaded): 20 oz. (560 g)
length=6.61 in (168 mm)
variants=CC (Concealed Carry)

Introduced in the late 1990s by Argentinian firearms manufacturer BERSA, S.A., the Thunder 380 is a small semi-automatic pistol that has enjoyed popularity due to its reputation for reliability, light weight and concealability, accuracy at short to medium range, and relatively low price.


Preceded by the BERSA Modelo 383 SA, Modelo 383 DA, Modelo 83 and Series 95, the Thunder 380 is part of the BERSA product lineup that also involves the Thunder 22, Thunder 22-6, Thunder 32, Thunder 380 Super, Thunder 9, Mini Thunder 9, Mini Thunder 40, and Mini Thunder 45. A variant of sorts is sold by another manufacturer, Firestorm SGS of New Jersey, wherein the pistol is assembled from parts manufactured by BERSA and marketed as the 'Firestorm 380'. A further-lightened variant of the Thunder 380 called the 'Concealed Carry' model was also released by BERSA in the United States.

Intended market

The popular Thunder 380 is intended for general civilian use. This conceptualization might be appreciated in the context of handgun use and law in many South American countries, where the Thunder 380 is quite popular, and .380 ACP is frequently the most powerful cartridge allowed to civilians. Nevertheless, a number of military and law enforcement forces have included BERSA 380's in their tables of equipment, including the Ecuadorian Air Force.The Thunder 380 bears a loose resemblance to the Walther PPK, but is sold for about half the price.

Design advantages

The Thunder 380 has a light aluminium alloy frame that reduces weight for easier carry, and yet the pistol still retains enough mass to help tame recoil. The blowback, fixed-barrel design theoretically aids accuracy, and it seems the vast majority of Thunder 380 users report favorably on that matter. The nearly straight-in alignment of the chamber and the topmost cartridge in the loaded magazine seems to be responsible for the pistol's reliable chambering and cycling during use. The frame features a long rearward tang over the grips, effectively protecting one's thumb-webbing from hammer-bite or slide-bite. There is an abundance of 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, inertial firing pin, and some models have an integral key-operated trigger lock. Some productions also feature an automatic firing pin block.


The cost of additional factory magazines is much higher than one might expect, but some third party manufacturers, such as Pro Mag Industries, have marketed alternatives (although of somewhat dubious reliability). There is a perception among many pistol users (particularly in the United States, the Philippines, and elsewhere) that a .380 ACP cartridge is not powerful enough to provide dependable and timely neutralization of an assailant. Others maintain that training and shot placement are more important than caliber.

External links

* [ Bersa Thunder Resource Site and Forum]
* [ Review of the Bersa Thunder 380 at]
* [ Bersa Talk - Bersa Help site]
* [ Review of the Bersa Thunder 380] (Spanish)

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bersa Thunder 380 — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bersa Thunder 380 Tipo Pistola semiautomática País de origen  Arg …   Wikipedia Español

  • Bersa Thunder 380 — Тип: самозарядный пистолет …   Википедия

  • Bersa Thunder-380 — пистолет Bersa Thunder 380 пистолет Bersa Thunder 380 Deluxe с удлиненным магазином УСМ: двойного действия Калибр: 9x17мм Short/Kurz (.380ACP), 7.65x17SR (.32ACP) Вес без патронов: 560 г Длина: 168 мм Длина ствола: 90 мм Емкость магазина: 7 (9мм) …   Энциклопедия стрелкового оружия

  • Bersa Thunder 9 — Тип: самозарядный пистолет Страна:  Аргенти …   Википедия

  • BERSA Thunder 9 — Infobox Weapon name=BERSA Thunder 9 caption=BERSA Thunder 9 origin=flagcountry|Argentina type=Semi automatic pistol is ranged=yes service= used by= Argentina Armed Forces (Thunder 9) Argentina Federal Police (Thunder 9)Buenos Aires Provincial… …   Wikipedia

  • Bersa Thunder —         Пистолеты Bersa Thunder и Thunder Mini / Ultra Compact (Аргентина) пистолет Bersa Thunder 9 (калибр 9x19mm Luger, пистолет Bersa Thunder 40 выглядит так же) Пистолет Bersa Thunder mini 9mm, вид слева Пистолет Bersa Thunder mini 9mm, вид… …   Энциклопедия стрелкового оружия

  • Bersa S.A. — Bersa S.A. Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bersa S.A. Tipo Sociedad anónima Fundación 1958 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Bersa — S. A. Тип Частная компания …   Википедия

  • 380 (число) — 380 триста восемьдесят 377 · 378 · 379 · 380 · 381 · 382 · 383 350 · 360 · 370 · 380 · 390 · 400 · 410 Факторизация …   Википедия

  • BERSA — Infobox Company company name = BERSA S.A. company company type = Private foundation = mid 1950 s key people = Benso Bonadimani (CEO and President) location = Ramos Mejia, Argentina industry = Firearms products = Firearms, weapons homepage = [http …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”