Grab some CCI Mini-Mags and some tin cans, and meet me at the corner of style and functionality. So begins my review of the Bersa Thunder .22, a nifty little pistol with smooth lines and a low price tag, capable of providing hours of (relatively) cheap plinking .
Note: This review was published prior to founding Modern Rifleman. As such, it may not meet Modern Rifleman’s current standards.
You don’t see many reviews for this gun so I figured I would share some of my experiences with the Bersa Thunder 22.
Back in November of 2004, I reviewed the Firestorm 22 pistol. The Bersa Thunder 22 shown here is pretty much identical, with different grips. This particular Thunder 22 is also satin nickel plated, which is a worthwhile option for a weapon that might be carried close to the body, or in a damp environment. Like that little Firestorm, this Bersa is a dandy pistol. Much like the Bersa Thunder 380, which is a popular defensive pistol, the 22 operates in the same manner. The Thunder 22 would make an excellent understudy to a Thunder 380, allowing the user to get in a lot of inexpensive practice using low-cost 22 rimfire ammunition, as opposed to the more expensive 380 ACP ammo.