Bersa’s Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro has a name so long it barely fits on the compact pistol’s slide. The Ultra Compact’s alloy frame has an integral Picatinny-spec accessory rail. The grip houses the gun’s 10-round magazine (which we tested; a 13-rounder is also available). Its frontstrap is grooved, and the backstrap is covered by wraparound, checkered plastic grip panels.
When I announced the Bersa’s inclusion on my list of review kit to my range buddies, I opened a floodgate of opinions. It seemed everyone had thoughts on the Argentinian company and their guns. Among those range-goers the only consensus about the Bersa brand was that there was no consensus.
Well, its been approximately 5 months of constant carry and target use for this gun now, as well as some mild torture tests!
It started when I decided I needed more than 6 rounds of .380 to carry overnight at work. The T9UC was a significant deal to me because it was somewhat of an "emergency buy", and I scored it new for $390 after tax with a box of Hornady XTP.