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Bought the wifey a BERSA THUNDER .380 over xmas and I'm having some "issues" with it's overall accuracy, or in simpler terms - lack of.

It's a nice little gun (the wifey luvs it), don't get me wrong, but try and shoot consistant groupings at a static paper target at 6-10 yards is like a "Hail- Mary" play. At 5 yards......not so bad. 3 yards.....pretty good.

The wife shoots in the 3-5 yard range so in her mind she's not really having a problem since it's a CCW weapon for her anyways. But when I try and shoot it at the minumum distance I start at, 8 yards.......well lets just say.... WOW!:smt102

I admit I/the wife never actually shot this BERSA before I bought it (shot a WALTHER PPK /SIG232 in .380 & a TAURUS Pro PT111/XD Sub in 9mm that was avialable to me for comparison in the sub-compact arena) and searched on-line including this forum and the BERSA met with rave recomendations on all sides.

So I guess my "issues" are:
1. The small 3" barrel - poor accuracy out past 6 yards - normal or not?
2. A serious brand of Ammo problem. - shooting Walmarts "white box" Winchester 95grn FMJ. -they sure eject with serious powder blackening on the casing. The metal isn't burnt from heat, just covered in a thick black layer of soot.
3. My large hands gripping this thing - it's the wife's- she likes it, so don't sweat it and keep her targets in close?
4. It's a CCW weapon - NOT a target pistol. SO any practical use of it being remotely accurate at over 20ft away.....yea... yer dream'n buddy?

Just a bit of a rant. As long as the wifey likes it........we'll be keep'n it. I'm happy to use my 92FS for my own "accuracy" tests on my targets.

I gotta get me some more coffee. :smt023

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They are a smell their breath gun that you use to practice at a distance measured in feet not yards. Stay up close with it and as you get better then move the target back about 5'. Just keep practicing and it will all come together. Good luck.
 

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I used to shoot mine from 7, 10 and 15 yards with pretty good results. You should get to a point where at 10 yards you can keep a paper plate grouping. Keep working with it. Try an overgrip as the Bersa can jump in your hand a bit when firing.

Good luck with it.
 

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Try an overgrip as the Bersa can jump in your hand a bit when firing.
I'm currently seeking out some HOGUE style grips similar to the ones Iput on my 92. Your definately right about the gun "jumping". The web of my right hand was sting'n a bit last Fri.

I'm also planning on "Bench Testing" the gun hopefully this week to see if the sights are off, at about 7yrds to start with.


I should of mentioned that the inaccuracy is the "hitting-all-over-the-place" on the target syndrome.
 

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I haven't had any problems with accuracy with my Bersa 380. I used it to take my concealed carry license test and I did quite well. I have since bought a glock 19 and had to make several trips to the range to get the same groupings I was able to achieve with the Bersa. I have small hands and I had a problem shooting the glock down and to the left. Now I really enjoy shooting both guns. I will say that the Bersa gets a lot dirtier after a trip to the range than the glock and it is harder for me to break down to clean.
 

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It's all good

Was able do some "fine-tuning" on Mon. nite w/the rear sights, and got the BERSA to hit where I want it to at 10yards. It is however shooting low, but a little "adjusting" in my sight profile by hiding the target w/the front sight seems to work really well.
I'm no gunsmith but it sure looks like alot of work is involved to shorten/replace the front sight, so I'll hang tough on thatfor now.:smt023
 

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Keep in mind that there are two ways to setup sites, or site picture, on a gun. It sounds like you are used to having the target sit on top of the front site which is one of the methods. The Bersa uses the other method where you put the front site on the target, sometimes refered to as combat sites if I'm not mistaken. After I figured that out, I have not had any problems keeping my shot groups really tight out to about 15 yards (3-6 inches on a good day!).
 

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I found most negative comments about Bersa pistols are by those who never owned one. I have a 380 Thunder Plus and have no issues with it after 500 + rounds out of it. Accurate and dependable. It works for me and that’s all that matters to me. Ex Air force and EST here too.
 

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First things first make sure the gun is well cleaned and lubed. I have noticed that after about 100 rds at the range my wifes bersa tends to get a little wild. Clean it up and its right back to where it should be. Second buy some quality ammo and run it through the gun, I have noticed that wwb .380 ammo is quite dirty and tends to be inaccurate.
 

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First things first make sure the gun is well cleaned and lubed. I have noticed that after about 100 rds at the range my wifes bersa tends to get a little wild. Clean it up and its right back to where it should be. Second buy some quality ammo and run it through the gun, I have noticed that wwb .380 ammo is quite dirty and tends to be inaccurate.

I was hoping somebody else noticed that. I'm seeking opinions on another brand???

Winchester seems to be the ONLY .380Auto I can find easily, between Walmart & Scheels, oh I am using Federal Hydra-Shok Low Recoil 90grn JHP for her Personal/Home defense ammo (pricey!!) so I haven't shot alot of it....but it does seem to shoot it better.

Haven't tried Winchester's WinClean.........?

As far as cleaning......after every trip to the range (A must) and I use Remington Gun Oil for the lube'n

Since originally posting my "observations" about the BERSA, I've bench tested it at 8yrds after adjusting the rear sights, and it shoots fairly accurate 2-3" groupings.......on the bench. In her/my hands....still a "hail-mary" when it comes to hitting the target with any accuracy between shots which does concern me since she plans to use it as her CCW.

(FYI : I CAN shoot pretty good for those who may be in doubt. My XD9sc at 8yrds I can hit 1-2" or less...... groupings standing using WWB):rolleyes:

I want her to feel confident she can hit what she's shooting at, if a defensive situation presents itself.

I'll hunt for different ammo.....and see what happens
 

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I just shot my Bersa 380 today for the first time and WOW was I surprised....... I knew going in to day that shooting outside the 7yrd range for that gun would be a stretch, and as this will be my CCW, I didn't care for the longer range. I shot 50 rds out of it and I was amazed at the accuracy of it right out of the box. I heard that it would take a few hundred rounds to break it in.

For the $249.00 I spent, I am a happy camper.....:mrgreen:
 

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I also bought a Thunder .380 for my wife. I'm not having the same problems you are though. At 10 yards, I'm keeping 95% of my shots within the outline of the head on the silhouette targets. Give yourself a little more practice with it.
 

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I have put 370 rounds through my new BT 380 over the last 4 weeks. I have no problem keeping 4"-5" groups at 15 yards. I've shot Remington Green Box, S&B, MagTechs, Georgia Arms bulk, and Cor Bon DPX. The only ammo that my gun did not like was the S&B (rounds 50-100 through this gun). I had 3 FTF malfunctions in 50 rounds. No malfunctions of any kind with any of the other ammo.

Before I bouth this gun, I rented a BT 380 and a Sig P232 on the same day. I found that I was just as accurate with the Bersa as with the Sig. I am happy with the accuracy of this firearm for a short-barrel gun.
 

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I bought the Thunder as a CCW alternate to my two J-Frames. I am happy with the 5-5-5 rule. (Five yards-five Shots-Five seconds) Target is a paper plate! By the way, in most courts around here 1-7 yards is Self-Defense, over that is a gunfight. That's lawsuit city when you bring a gun to a gunfight! You won't go to jail, but the kid's college fund and your retirement account are gone! Seriously, using a .38 Spl or .380 already puts you at a disadvantage if you are up against 9 MMs and ,45s. As I am retired from the gunfighter role, that is no problem, I refuse to get into a gunfight. I just don't want to be a victim in an execution or carjacking. In that case I will most likely be firing fast and furious and up very close! The Bersa is for point shooting and is quite okay for that duty.
 

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Heh heh...five shots in five seconds is "fast and furious?" :mrgreen:

At five yards, you should be able to make five A-zone hits in about one second (not including reaction time).
 

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Heh heh...five shots in five seconds is "fast and furious?" :mrgreen:

At five yards, you should be able to make five A-zone hits in about one second (not including reaction time).
+1 on the Heh Heh....5 seconds is an eternity for 5 at 5...:buttkick:
 

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I don't own one, but I shot a friends a couple of weeks ago. EXTREMELY accurate at 10-15 yards. I was very suprised. It shot better than ANY pocket sized auto I have ever shot, including guns that cost alot more. We had no failures that day, I can't speak to it;s reliability beyond the 50 rounds we shot.
 

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I have the 5-5-5-5 down to 7-3-5-5 with the BT380 now. Any faster than that and I am into spray and pray mode. I am not yet into the 7 shots in 30 seconds into a 1 " circle at 25 yards group ( and I don't think I ever will be!) I figure if I can get 7 shots into COM within 3 seconds I am getting about the best odds for survival that I can hope for. I don't have any problem with the BT380 accuracy either, it is a point up close gun and everything stays COM, that's all I expect. As I have posted elsewhere,I have served on civil court juries and seen the results of their decisions in SD cases. Anything over 10 yards is considered a gunfight by a civil jury. Gunfighters lose civil cases. Scared s---less everyday guys who drop the BG right in front of them win civil cases (if everything else is in place.).
 

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My wife has one that she kept swearing shoots to the right. I set down my rifle and looked at her target, sure enough it was off to the right several inches at 7 yards. I put 5 rounds through it from the same distance and shot a 2-3" grouping all over the bullseye without even really trying.

She wasn't really happy with me over that, but I proved it wasn't the gun.

Even though this is a very short barreled gun, it's simple blowback action should lend itself to pretty good accuracy, certainly good enough for the distances I would ever envision having to use such a little gun.
 
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