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    New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Since starting to acquire pistols in the 1980s, I must have nearly 50 pistols in the safe, ranging from 22s to a Jim Clark built 1911 "bullseye gun". All but two examples are 22s, 9mms or 45s. My pistols are mainly German, Austrian and Italian; maybe I am a snob?? Anyway, since I read about the Bersa Thunder sometime in the 1990s it has appealed to me. I didn't get one however, as I didn't think an inexpensive 380 belonged in my collection. But over the years I have come close to acquiring one several times; but resisted until a week ago!

    I picked mine up from the FFL at the range yesterday, and did an inspection. The pistol was pretty clean and not packed in heavy oil which was a welcome surprise. I ran a couple of patches down the barrel, quickly wiped the slide and rails, then applied some CLP to the the rails and other areas I suspected might need it....and went shooting. I fired about 125 rounds yesterday of MaxxTech FMJ, American Eagle FMJ and lastly about 20 rounds of Freedom Munitions remanufactured with the Hornady XTP bullet. The only hiccup I had was one failure to feed of American Eagle at about round count 75. I am VERY impressed with this pistol! Very, very fun to shoot! I also found its POI was right on the POA at 7 yards with the stock sights and a "combat" hold (covering up the POI with the front sight). BTW, along with the OEM Bersa magazine I used two Mec-Gar "nickel" 8 round magazines. All functioned 100% except as noted with the American Eagle.

    Now I just need to find a good supply of inexpensive fodder for this little guy. I don't plan to carry it as I have plenty 0f 9s and 45s for that, and one Ruger LCP 380 when I need something smaller. But as a range pistol I am very impressed with something that cost under $250.

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    Re: New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Welcome, PaperSniper, from across the wide Vol state. Sooner or later curiosity will get 'ya. We're happy that you're happy with the BT 380. And, we'd like to hear more about your international stash. Lots of folks here with lots of interests.
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    Re: New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Welcome to Bersa Chat PaperSniper,

    Thanks for the glowing report. The Mec-Gar 8 rnd mags have proven to be the only aftermarket mags that are consistently reliable. My Thunder 380s will eat anything I feed them however some have reported some difficulty with Winchester White Box 380 because of the blunt tip.

    Lots of good information and friendly folks here so glad to have you aboard.

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    Re: New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Welcome to Bersa Chat PaperSniper.Lots of folks are finding out that quality doesn't necessarily mean expensive.
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    Re: New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchr View Post
    Welcome to Bersa Chat PaperSniper.Lots of folks are finding out that quality doesn't necessarily mean expensive.
    On the Mec-Gars, I had heard the ProMags were okay also from a few sources. Heard some negatives on them also, but then I've heard negatives on Mec-Gars too. I've owned several examples of both in various firearms, and most functioned fine. I have found that the major difference in the two companies is cosmetic.....but the difference in price is generally only a few bucks so I go with the "prettier" Mec-Gars. Call me vain.

    Not much to tell about the international collection in my safe......they are the usual players, nothing too exotic. I started with DA/SA pistols, then when I was an LEO in the 90s we were issues Beretta Centurian DAO - I was not happy withe the DAO at all, but among other DAOs at the time it was decent. However, my department discovered striker pistols a few years later, and we went through a couple of examples until we settled on the H&K USP 40 around 2004. (With all that "trying out" we figured the department had more money than smarts!) anyway, that was my introduction to H&K which lead to CZ, FN, Glock, Beretta, Sig, Walther and a couple of lesser know pistols.....mostly striker fired. Then about a year ago I started another DA/SA phase, but this time it's decocker models like the CZ P07 and FN FNP 45acp. I have since sold some of the striker powered pistols, including some Kahrs (nice, but many have issues), and all but one Glock. My typical carry is an H&K P30 SK v1.

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    Re: New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Cheapest target rounds I've found for mine are Perfecta from Walmart. The only problem is that they are priced so low, those in the know buy them up the day they are stocked....burns me up. Anyway, I've shot 1000's of these in .380 ACP and 9mm and I have never had a problem with them.

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    Re: New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by boomerguy View Post
    Cheapest target rounds I've found for mine are Perfecta from Walmart. The only problem is that they are priced so low, those in the know buy them up the day they are stocked....burns me up. Anyway, I've shot 1000's of these in .380 ACP and 9mm and I have never had a problem with them.
    I have used Perfecta before in 9mm and 223 cal, it's decent stuff, and the price as you noted is excellent. Someone told me it's made by Fiocchi, with which I have have consistently good results. But then I heard the Monarch brass ammo sold at Academy Sports is also made by Fiocchi. Not tried any of that, but I have one box of 40 S&W in the ammo closet.

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    Re: New Bersa Thunder 380 Duo-Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by PaperSniper View Post
    But then I heard the Monarch brass ammo sold at Academy Sports is also made by Fiocchi. Not tried any of that, but I have one box of 40 S&W in the ammo closet.
    Monarch brass ammo sold at Academy Sports is made by Prvi Partizan in Serbia according to the boxes I have.
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