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This for new owners. of Thunder or CC pistols. Always install recoil spring with tight end on barrel. Also set other end of spring so the end of spring at 12o'clock when reassembleing. I find easlier to reinstall slide.
 

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A little confused. Which end of the barrel do you mean to put the tight end on. I'm assuming the rear (end nearest the grip).
 

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I did not notice much difference between the two ends. I suppose I could put a micrometer on them to see which is narrower, but I can't discern it with the naked eye, and I don't notice one end fitting over the barrel any easier than the other.
 

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A little confused. Which end of the barrel do you mean to put the tight end on. I'm assuming the rear (end nearest the grip).
the tight end goes on first then slide the spring on the rest of the way.
 

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I did not notice much difference between the two ends. I suppose I could put a micrometer on them to see which is narrower, but I can't discern it with the naked eye, and I don't notice one end fitting over the barrel any easier than the other.
i do on my 380 thunder its very noticeable.maybe if your gun is new it doesn't show as much.not sure.the spring nearest the muzzle turn it so where spring begins straight up at 12 o'clock high.
 

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I love my little Bersa 380 CC but, I am having difficulty removing the slide. My wrists and fingers are arthritic and the slide is very tight tto the frame on disassembly. Any suggestions? Is anyone else experiencing this problem?
 

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I love my little Bersa 380 CC but, I am having difficulty removing the slide. My wrists and fingers are arthritic and the slide is very tight tto the frame on disassembly. Any suggestions? Is anyone else experiencing this problem?
I have the same arthritis problem. Takes several tries before I can remove the slide from the used but like-new BT380 I just bought. There are a lot of Bersa videos on YouTube, so I'll search there to see if there's one that addresses this issue. I'll post the link here if I find one.
 

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Do check the video on Bersa disassembly some are very good. I don't have any problems since I have done it many times now but I ALWAYS have trouble showing someone in person how to do it. It seems to me that it best to do it without thinking about it step by step. It may take a few times but you can do it.
1- remove Magazine.
2- check that there is not a bullet in the barrel.
3- Holding the gun like you would for target practice push locking lever on the right side down with your finger and hold it there.
4- with your Left hand push the slide back and at the same time with your Right hand push the gun forward as far as it will go. Two hands are better than one.
5- lift the slide up and bring the slide forward and you are done.
6- reverse the procedure to install the slide.
I hope this helps and if you view one of the Video you should have no more problems. Remember to use both your hands since this will help with your arthritic hands.
Good luck. Remember to always cleaning your gun after use even if you only fire a few rounds at the target range.
 

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This for new owners. of Thunder or CC pistols. Always install recoil spring with tight end on barrel. Also set other end of spring so the end of spring at 12o'clock when reassembleing. I find easlier to reinstall slide.
Great tip, just disassembled my 95 and it was backwards. Thanks!
 

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Do check the video on Bersa disassembly some are very good. I don't have any problems since I have done it many times now but I ALWAYS have trouble showing someone in person how to do it. It seems to me that it best to do it without thinking about it step by step. It may take a few times but you can do it.
1- remove clip.
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You could have stopped there, Bersa's don't use a clip, they use a magazine.
 

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You are right so I guess I will stand in a corner for a while or write " It is Magazine not a chip Dummy " 100 times...:confused:
 

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You could have stopped there, Bersa's don't use a clip, they use a magazine.

There's a gun cleaning video on YouTube by some guy who claims to be a professional gunsmith. It's a really crappy video, in which he talks about cleaning the gun's "clip".

 

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There's a gun cleaning video on YouTube by some guy who claims to be a professional gunsmith. It's a really crappy video, in which he talks about cleaning the gun's "clip".

Isn't the clip the thing that holds it to your pants? I have one on a PF 9.
 

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I have the same arthritis problem. Takes several tries before I can remove the slide from the used but like-new BT380 I just bought. There are a lot of Bersa videos on YouTube, so I'll search there to see if there's one that addresses this issue. I'll post the link here if I find one.
I had hurt my right index finger right before I purchased my Thunder 380. Getting and holding the lock-release lever (???) down was a problem. I took a belt and looped it under my leg and around the pushed down lever. Pull back against the belt and PRESTO that baby will pop right off.
 

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Being an older dude (also with arthritic hands) I found my brand new 380 CC is quite hard to rack the slide. I wonder if anyone has tried "reduced power" recoil springs from Wolff Gun Springs? They don't sell spring kits for Bersa specifically but the do sell them for Walther PPK. Since the Bersa is close copy of the PPK, they will probably work just fine since this is probably a generic part for 380 caliber. Most articles say "they get much smoother after break-in" which I can understand.... I also own a 1986 Bersa 383 DA which feels "just right". Springs loose some of their "resistance power" over time, so I don't see much difference reducing "power" by SLIGHTLY reducing the spring weight to accelerate the break-in period.... PS: I have done this successfully with a Ruger SP101 revolver (hammer spring) and a Beretta Storm. Any ideas or suggestions?
 
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