I picked up a used Bersa Thunder CC 380 Satin Nickel finish this weekend and took it to the range. I've never been a fan of the 380 round, but I like Bersa products. My Thunder 9 ultra compact is an awesome gun. I got a good deal on this one, so why not.
1) Everything is rounded off and the grips are very thin. Designed to disappear in a pocket, IWB, or even OWB. Ergos are GREAT. Capacity is 8+1. The sights are small humps that make an old S&W snub revolver sights look like match grade target sights. More on sights in a minute.
2) Weight. It's a little heavier than I anticipated. A little heavier than my PT709 which is about the same size.
3) Construction. This thing is well made. Thick stainless steel controls, including trigger and hammer.
4) Takedown. Push down the leaver, pull the slide all the way back, and lift off. A little tricky to get it back on at first, but after a couple times its easy.
5) Controls. Great. It has a de-cocker/safety and a loaded chamber indicator that isn't obtrusive. You can also put the safety lever in the safe position and rack the slide and it automatically moves the hammer back down. Then just take the safety off. That way you don't have to drop the hammer. The slide stop is designed in such a manner to slingshot the slide rather than use it as a slide release. You can do it, but over time it may round off the catch.
6) Fixed barrel. I've only ever had this on 22s. It sure seemed to make accuracy no problem, even with non-existent sights.
7) Shooting. I got 150 rounds of range reloads that I bought there and started checking it out. I didn't clean it before I went or anything. It was a little snappier than my buddy's regular Thunder 380, but not bad. Just more than I expected. The sights are the tiniest little humps on the slide I've ever seen, BUT believe it or not this little gun is accurate as anything I've ever shot. From 7 yards I was wearing out a 3"x3" post-it note shot after shot as fast as I could pull the trigger. The first DA pull is smooth and the SA pulls after that are very nice. Very short reset too. Out of the 150 rounds I had 4 jams. The rounds failed to feed. Some of the jams were cleared simply by pushing the mag release. Could have probably just popped the back of the slide. I'm attributing it to range reloads, running dry, dirty, and I had that thing toaster hot from shooting it hard and fast. Next trip will be factory loads.
8) Magazine disconnect safety. I had it disabled in less than 30 seconds. Fires every time now without a mag. In the pictures, you see once you remove the right grip panel (1 screw) there is a long transfer bar that pushes up when a mag is inserted. A C spring holds tension on it pulling the trigger connector down when the mag is removed. Remove the spring and the spring on the trigger connector rod holds it in place. Nothing to pull it down. Works like a charm.
9) My impressions. For a gun with essentially no sights, it is accurate as any gun I've ever shot at 21 feet. Thin, but not necessarily real light. Easy enough to pocket carry in regular pants or shorts. Fun to shoot, like the DA/SA hammered action, like the decocker so you can carry in DA mode. Super simple to disengage the stupid mag disconnect. It only comes with 1 mag, and extras are $35.
For me, I was hoping it would be something I could toss in my gym shorts pocket while I go walking through the neighborhood (I'm on a 3+ mile exercise walk several days per week). The weight seems to be somewhat of a limiting factor for gym shorts carry. Perhaps a LCP would better serve that purpose. Up to this point, I've been pocket carrying my 442 when I do that. I like the gun, but might trade it for a LCP which may better serve the purpose I'm trying to fill...or I might just keep it and add an LCP to the arsenal.
I still can't get over how accurate it is, seeing as how the sights are like miniature skeeter bites.
All in all, I like it. Anyone needing a small thin gun won't be disappointed. Pics attached.