The concealed carry pistol market has been growing rapidly over the last few years, and there are a ton of great options out there to choose from. Unfortunately, these options become very limited when you only have a budget of $300. Today we’re going to take a look at the Bersa Thunder .380 and its little brother, the Thunder .22.
The Bersa Thunder is hardly new to the compact pistol market, but it remains one of the best values out there today and is my personal choice for a daily carry pistol.
The Bersa Thunder .380 bears a close resemblance to Walther’s famous PPK. Before discussing the Bersa, one really should look at the PPK. It was introduced in the 1930s as a concealed carry version of Walther’s police pistol, the PP. The PPK has been available in three calibers .22 LR, .32 ACP and .380 ACP. The pistol itself is, in many ways, a little gem, and was years ahead of its time when it was introduced. Even today, its list of features read like those of a new design, not a gun that’s been on the market for 70 years.
I've had the opportunity to talk to lots of folks who are eager to assemble their first concealed-carry rig. They've taken the plunge, obtained a concealed-carry permit and now they're ready to buy their first compact pistol. Then the sticker shock hits. While their enthusiasm may not be quenched, it can certainly be curbed as the price of a new gun, holsters, magazines, ammunition and range time all start to add up.