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I have a Bersa a Thunder 380 that has developed a problem with the takedown lever. When I rotate the lever down to filed strip it, it won't stay in position and it jumps back up. To take down the pistol I have been having to hold the lever down while I remove the slide. Does anyone know what is wrong and how to repair the problem?
 

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I have a Bersa a Thunder 380 that has developed a problem with the takedown lever. When I rotate the lever down to filed strip it, it won't stay in position and it jumps back up. To take down the pistol I have been having to hold the lever down while I remove the slide. Does anyone know what is wrong and how to repair the problem?
Welcome to Bersa Pistol Forum, glad to have you on board from the Lone Star State.

I have 4 Bersa's and all work them same way, it must be the way it was designed to operate. It is spring loaded to return to the locked position to prevent the lever from unlocking the slide by accident during firing. If the lever is in the unlocked position I believe you could have the slide hit you on your fore head when you fire the pistol. It could be painful.

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I have a Bersa a Thunder 380 that has developed a problem with the takedown lever. When I rotate the lever down to filed strip it, it won't stay in position and it jumps back up. To take down the pistol I have been having to hold the lever down while I remove the slide. Does anyone know what is wrong and how to repair the problem?
Both of my Thunder 380s have a spring loaded takedown lever which I am not fond of. As a woman, my fingers are shorter and I find it harder to manipulate. Anyway, I saw this video of a Thunder 380 takedown and watch his lever at the 52 second mark. Can any of you shed some light on why his does not appear to be spring loaded?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxZkH5ZV3vM
 

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Both of my Thunder 380s have a spring loaded takedown lever which I am not fond of. As a woman, my fingers are shorter and I find it harder to manipulate. Anyway, I saw this video of a Thunder 380 takedown and watch his lever at the 52 second mark. Can any of you shed some light on why his does not appear to be spring loaded?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxZkH5ZV3vM
That is a very good question, all my bersa's take down levers are spring loaded to the full up position. I watched the video and was amazed that the take down lever remained in the full down position. It would earlier to remove the slide if you did not have to hold the take down lever to remove the slide.
I think I need to reread my BT380 manual and check if it says anything about it.

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