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Bersa Thunder Magazines

Newbie here myself. Don't know, but I've heard it is best to go with the magazines from Bersa / Eagle Imports. That's what I've done, for what it's worth ...
I've looked long and hard from alternatives to the Eagle Import magazines and not found any. If you are new to the Thunder 22 you will discover that it is very picky about the ammunition it will tolerate. Even CCI MiniMag 22LR will jam from time to time. I have found that CCI Velocitor, CCI Stinger, or Remington Golden Bullet works best. It is a neat little gun providing you feed it with good high velocity ammo.
 

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I've looked long and hard from alternatives to the Eagle Import magazines and not found any. If you are new to the Thunder 22 you will discover that it is very picky about the ammunition it will tolerate. Even CCI MiniMag 22LR will jam from time to time. I have found that CCI Velocitor, CCI Stinger, or Remington Golden Bullet works best. It is a neat little gun providing you feed it with good high velocity ammo.
Yes, I've found it to be picky on ammo, but was not surprised by this as I had read up on it before purchase. I did have a couple FTF issues with CCI Minimag during my first session with it, but overall, well pleased with my purchase. Recently picked up a Thunder .380 but as if this writing, have not shot it yet. Thanks for tips.
 

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I got a spare Bersa Thunder 22 mag from GrabAGun back in February of this year. SKU GAG_MGBERT22BL. That was the only place I could find one, almost $30.

I've use Fiocchi high velocity ammo and so far the gun has worked great. The occasional misfire I have, I feel has been that 22 ammo is just finicky no matter what brand you use.

I did shoot my .380 Combat (single stack) and every other round was not ejecting (stovepipe) this was also Fiocchi ammo. The range has a gunsmith so I got him to test it out. I could hear him in his "office"...5 shots without a hitch. He comes out and says "Gemme some of that ammo you're using" and goes back to his little range. 5 more shots without a hitch. He comes out with a smirk on his face "Operator error" he sez. He was very diplomatic about it and never said the words "Limp Wristing" but that's what it was. I've shot this thing numerous times and this was the first time that has happened. Next time at the range I had such a firm grip I thought I would just squeeze the bullets out...no issues at all. I also have a .380 Plus and have not had that issue. I haven't had it with the 22 either but I'm making sure I don't.
 

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I got a spare Bersa Thunder 22 mag from GrabAGun back in February of this year. SKU GAG_MGBERT22BL. That was the only place I could find one, almost $30.

I've use Fiocchi high velocity ammo and so far the gun has worked great. The occasional misfire I have, I feel has been that 22 ammo is just finicky no matter what brand you use.

I did shoot my .380 Combat (single stack) and every other round was not ejecting (stovepipe) this was also Fiocchi ammo. The range has a gunsmith so I got him to test it out. I could hear him in his "office"...5 shots without a hitch. He comes out and says "Gemme some of that ammo you're using" and goes back to his little range. 5 more shots without a hitch. He comes out with a smirk on his face "Operator error" he sez. He was very diplomatic about it and never said the words "Limp Wristing" but that's what it was. I've shot this thing numerous times and this was the first time that has happened. Next time at the range I had such a firm grip I thought I would just squeeze the bullets out...no issues at all. I also have a .380 Plus and have not had that issue. I haven't had it with the 22 either but I'm making sure I don't.
I too forget about the "limp wristing" at time and sure this could be my problem when I tend to blame it on the gun or the ammo.
 

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One of my shooting buddies has a FMK 9c1G2 (I have one too), he couldn't get a full mag thru the thing and it was because of his not so firm grip. He tried to blame it on the ammo but I finally got him to "get a grip" on his pistola and all was well.
 

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Hi Dubar!

It looks like you have both and Thunder 380 and a Thunder 22. If so, is it a lot easier to rack the slide on the 22?

I suffered an injury that left my left arm and left hand very weak. It’s now very difficult to rack the slide on my Thunder 380 Plus. I’m thinking I’ll get a Thunder 22 if it’s easier to rack the slide.

Thanks!!!

Jim
 

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Not much difference between the 2 as far as racking the slide goes, maybe a bit easier with the 22 but not much. Can you switch hands, hold the gun in your left hand and rack it with your right?

Best bet would be to find one in a shop and give it a try. I have problems with both my hands (car wreck and using them as hammers, vises, etc all my life) but not severe enough to keep from racking a slide.

I also have a GSG Firefly (ex Sig Mosquito) and a M1911, both 22s. The Firefly is easier to rack but it's a bit bigger than the Bersa Thunder 22. Just have to use high velocity ammo (I use Fiocchi in all my guns). Here's the Firefly:

Air gun Trigger Gun barrel Wood Gun accessory


Has a slide safety and a decocker lever, holds 10+1. Feels nice in the hand too.
 
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