The Bersa brand of .380 pistols are pretty popular with folks who like the look of a Walther but don’t have the budget for one. Outwardly, this Argentinian-made pistol imported by Eagle Imports, Inc. greatly resembles the Walther PP or PPK but for hundreds of dollars less. You give up a little in finish for the lower price, but Bersas aren’t junk. At SHOT this year, the importer announced a new variant called the Bersa Thunder 380 Combat Plus
This new version has been given a double stack magazine for 15-round capacity and a slim slide release for a lower profile. A rounded trigger guard and smaller beavertail make for easier carrying and holstering while larger slide serrations and ergonomic rubber wrap make it easier to handle. Finally, there’s a generous U-shaped combat rear sight that provides optimum sighting for low-light situations.
Bersa Pistol Specifications:
Thunder 380 Combat Plus
Caliber: .380 ACP
Barrel Length: 3.5″
Front Sight: Dovetail
Rear Sight: Notched-Bar Dovetailed
Finish: Matte Black
Grips: Olive Rubber Grips
Construction: Alloy frame, steel side
Safety: Integral locking system, manual, firing pin, magazine
Weight: 20 oz.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.