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thunder 380 Bersa Firestorm Bersa Firestorm
thunder 380 Bersa Firestorm Bersa Firestorm
  • Affordable
  • Reliable
  • Solid Trigger
  • Snappy recoil
  • Expensive OEM magazines
Editor’s Note:

Although an aging design, the Bersa Thunder 380 remains a go-to recommendation for those looking for a small and affordable .380 ACP pistol. Good ergonomics, solid reliability, and respectable accuracy make this sub $300 pistol a real steal.

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Bersa Thunder Specs

Double/Single Action / Semi-Auto
Barrel Length
3.2in / 3.5in
Magazine Capacity
380 ACP
Overall Length
1.25 lbs

Bersa Thunder Features

Fixed barrel
Direct-blowback operation
7, 8, or 9-round magazines
Safety/decocker combo
Double-action single-action trigger
Lightweight alloy frame

By The Numbers - Bersa Thunder

For its size, the Thunder is remarkably accurate
When using OEM magazines, this is a very simple and reliable gun
There isn't much out there for the gun other than some holsters and magazines
The gun feels good, but some of the grip finishing and control placement leaves some to be desired

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Bersa Thunder Variations & Comparables

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Sig Sauer P238

Sig Sauer P238


The Sig P238 is a 1911 inspired .380 ACP micro-compact handgun that’s lightweight and gorgeous. It’s key feature is it’s micro-compact size which makes this gun a great CCW choice. The P238 resembles a 1911, especially the Springfield 1911 in that it’s classic in design. “It’s a soft shooting .380 ACP with a nice aesthetic and reliable nature — the perfect companion when it comes to situations that require ultra-concealment.” – Jacki Billings, Editor

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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380


The Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 features a 2.75-inch barrel, a 6+1 capacity of .380 ACP, and an unloaded weight of only 12.3 ounces. This double-action-only pistol also includes a manual safety. With an extremely light overall weight and small footprint, the Bodyguard makes for a solid choice when it comes to concealed carry.

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Ruger LCP

Ruger LCP


The Ruger LCP is a .380 chambered semi-auto pistol that offers a convenient concealed carry gun to those looking for a slim pistol. Perfect for pocket carry, this tiny pistol also works well as a backup gun. It can hold 6+1 rounds in a standard mag and 7+1 in the extended mag.

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final verdict

“The Bersa Thunder 380 and the Bersa Firestorm are both great CCWs. They’re compact with great ergonomics and dead-on accuracy. There’s not much in the way of customization options, but finding a holster is easy. Best of all? It’s cheap.” – David Lane

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