A month ago at the gun show I got my first glimpse of the modified version of the popular Bersa Thunder 380. The “CC” in this one stands for Concealed Carry which this gun appears to be a very viable option for.
Upon first glance I was worried that Bersa had forsaken it’s DA/SA action in favor of a DAO design but still with a safety. In fact I even said so in my Summer Concealed Carry Suggestions in Part 1. I’m so happy to say I was wrong about this. It’s IS a bobbed hammer but fully functional in single or double action!!! To clarify, the hammer operates just it would on any Sig type 1911 clone or CZ 75 and submodels (like our CZ RAMI 2075 we love so much) where the trigger can be
Overall feel of the gun is insanely comfortable, even (and maybe especially) in medium-large sized hands. There are integrated finger grooves in the grip and the grip panels provide excellent traction and comfort. The safety is identical to that on the CC’s larger counterparts and is engaged/disengaged easily but locks into place securely. Compared to safeties on both the Ruger LC9 and the S&W Bodyguard 380 the Thunder CC is the head of the class in this area as it’s easy to operate with the side pad on the shooter’s thumb, not to mention how much more of a pleasure the trigger is to operate especially in single action. I will say that it’s not comparable to SA triggers on the Sig P238, or even a higher dollar micro 1911 with a SA, but it is very functional and should aid greatly in accuracy.
To boot, the front of the trigger guard has some generous “jimping” for traction. This term is something our knife guys will be familiar with as a cut that adds grip and reduces movement in the hand while firing. Most in the shooting world would just call it horizontal checkering or something like that. The magazine has a capacity of 8 rounds, and though it’s not compatible with other Bersa Thunder 7 and 9 round magazines, we find the 8 + 1 overall capacity to be mucho generoso mch moreso than its typical 380 pocket gun competitors.
Having not fired the Bersa Thunder 380 CC yet I can only speculate objectively on it’s quality in action, but my early review on it is insanely positive and I look forward to adding it to my short list of “I NEED” guns, and at around $300 (as you can see Sportsman’s price on it is VERY reasonable), the value is astonishing. No one person I know, among many I know who own Bersa firearms, has complained or beefed about anything in regards to their chosen defense piece. As a matter of fact, they swear by them. And I’m willing to bet their new CC might very well have the same reaction.