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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Adam S.

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 . . .

The Bersa Thunder .22 is an all-metal DA/SA fixed-barreled, blowback operated compact pistol of Argentinian extraction. Bersa, renowned for manufacturing high-quality pistols at affordable prices, is perhaps best known for the Thunder .22’s beefier cousin, the Thunder .380. The Thunder .22, aside from the chambering and a few other minor exceptions, is identical to the Thunder .380. All in all, it’s an appealing little package. Factor in the low price tag (I picked mine up a couple years ago for $239, plus tax), and the appeal only increases.

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Bersa’s Thunder series is heavily informed by Walther’s legendary PPK series, and the influence is readily apparent. The pistol, especially its satin nickel iteration, evokes a slightly elongated PPK. The beavertail is a bit longer and slimmer in the Bersa, and the barrel is minutely (in the neighborhood of 0.3”) longer. The squared face of the trigger guard, while decidedly un-PPKesque, flows cleanly and naturally into the frame in a gentle, uninterrupted curve that is pleasant to behold.

The Bersa Thunder also has more doohickeys plastered on its frame than the PPK; specifically, a takedown lever, a slide stop, an exposed trigger bar and an integrated lock. So, a PPK it ain’t, but for all that, the Bersa echoes its fundamental lines. With its eschewal of sharp angles and its elegantly understated lack of ostentation, the Thunder .22 has the refined but businesslike aesthetics of a bygone era, the sort of classic cool that would go well with a tailored tux and a dry martini.

The pistol features an aluminum alloy frame and steel slide, and utilitarian black plastic grips. It ships with all the usual accompaniments: an instruction manual, one ten-round magazine, a “proof that we fired it and it didn’t explode” shell casing in a tiny manila envelope, a warranty card and a miniature Bersa key fob with an appropriately miniature key for the integrated trigger lock (more on that later).

The Thunder has small sights whose modest stature belies their inherent usability. Unlike some CCW-sized pistols that feature desultory, borderline-useless sights (every snub-nosed .38 in existence comes to mind), the Thunder features drift-adjustable three-dot sights. The dots themselves, while diminutive, are painted bright orange and easily acquired.

Trigger Lock

The Thunder .22 also has a number of active and passive safety features. Some folks may breathe a little easier knowing they’re there, others will simply quietly loathe them. I’m somewhere in the middle. I like the “drop-proof” firing pin safety, and I guess that the hammer block/trigger disconnect when the safety is engaged is cool, insofar as a DA gun having a manual safety in the first place is cool (I’d be fine with just a decocker, myself). More onerous is the magazine safety (could we just not?), and, of course, the integrated trigger lock (could we extra just not?). With a simple 90-degree rotation of the integrated lock, one can render the pistol inoperable, permanently so if you lose the key. I’ve gotten around this issue by never once using the integrated lock; thus far, my strategy has been a resounding success.

For an inexpensive, relatively small pistol, the ergonomics are very agreeable. The frame-mounted magazine release is nicely checkered and protrudes sufficiently to allow for easy engagement, but not so far as to encourage any “premature ejections.” The slide stop is positioned to allow for easy disengagement with a smooth downward sweep of the thumb (or, in my case, as a lefty, my trigger finger). The safety/decocker is also positioned for easy access by the thumb of a right-handed shoot. Lefties need not apply.

The slide serrations are deep but tiny; a mere 5/16” from top to bottom. This is one area where the .22 diverges from its .380 cousin; the .22, being a less energetic cartridge, requires a lighter slide. Bersa addressed this by giving the .22’s slide a rounder profile than the .380’s, which, while allowing the gun to cycle, leaves less space for serrations. Granted, the .22’s lighter recoil spring makes for easier manipulation of the slide, but even so, the Thunder .22’s slide provides the shooter with precious little to grasp onto. The front and rear of the grip feature vertical serrations that don’t seem to have any practical utility. It’s a nice touch, functionality notwithstanding. The grip provides enough space for a solid three-fingered hold; the supplied pinky extension on the magazine floorplate provides accommodation for any lingering digits.

Size-wise, it looms over a Beretta 21A, but is considerably smaller than a Ruger Mk. III. It’s definitely not a pocket-gun, but it could be carried comfortably and discretely in an IWB holster all day (if, for whatever reason, you favored carrying a .22 over the .380 version, which is the same size and only two ounces heavier).

The double-action trigger pull is long and heavy, but relatively smooth with some slight stacking before the break. The specs I have read indicate 7.5 lb DA pull, but I would be dollars to doughnuts that, on my pistol at least, the figure is on the verge of cresting the double-digit mark. In SA mode, there is about a 1/8” of slack before a light, albeit somewhat long, break. It’s not the best trigger out there, but it’s miles away from being the worst. For a pistol that retails for less than $250 new, it’s fantastic.

The Thunder .22 may not be a competition-ready tackdriver, but it’s still capable of extreme accuracy. I’ve never benchrested it, but given the offhand groups I’ve shot with it, I’m confident that it’s more accurate than I am. You may not take home any medals with it, but you can, at reasonable ranges, dispatch bottles and cans with extreme prejudice. The minimal recoil of the .22 LR combined with the weight of the metal construction make for rapid follow-up shots. In my experience, reacquisition of the sight picture outpaces the reset of the trigger. Most (if not all) of the perceived recoil comes from the reciprocation of the slide. It’s pellet gun-soft to shoot.

The Thunder .22 is picky about ammo. Like a small child in the midst of a phase wherein he will only eat chicken nuggets – and only if they are in the shape of a dinosaur – the Bersa has its preferred flavors of ammo, and will let you know in no uncertain terms if it deems an offering unsuitable. It will cycle flawlessly all day on a diet of high velocity CCIs, and seems to digest Remington Yellow Jackets with no trouble either. But, like many .22 autoloaders, cheap ammo is the bane of the Thunder .22. When loaded with cheap bulk ammo, it will fire, usually, and cycle…occasionally. More often than not, though, the round will have insufficient energy to cycle the slide, leaving an empty casing in the breech, and requiring the operator to eject the magazine and manually cycle the slide, all the while swearing quietly. Splurge for the good stuff (if you can find it) and you’ll be fine.

Aside from the ammo-sensitivity, the only problem with the Thunder .22 is the slide stop. It engages positively but tenuously; insert a magazine too aggressively and the slide stop will disengage itself. I don’t know if this is an issue across the board, or if my pistol is just special, but take it under advisement nonetheless.

Final thoughts:
The Bersa Thunder .22 is a pistol that defies categorization. It’s a non-specialist specialist; a utility infielder. I’ve read other reviews that tout its usefulness as a less-expensive-to-shoot training platform for the Thunder .380 (though, in my opinion, the most difficult aspect of shooting well with the .380 is managing the recoil, which the .22 cannot begin to simulate), but I say to hell with rationalizing your purchase. It’s a good looking, well-constructed, good-shooting gun at a great price that’s damn fun to shoot.


Caliber: .22 LR
Capacity: 10+1
Barrel Length: 3.5”
Overall Length: 6.5”
Height: 4.7”
Weight: 19 oz. (unloaded)
Frame: Aluminum alloy
Slide: Steel
Action: Simple blowback
Sights: Three-dot, orange.
Trigger Pull: 7.5+ lb. (DA), 5.25 lb. (SA)
Price: in the neighborhood of $250

Ratings (out of 5 stars):

Accuracy: * * * * 1/2
For what it is (a sub-$300, compact pistol), the accuracy is better than one should reasonably expect. Small sights and a short sight radius are the biggest limiting factors.

Ergonomics (carrying): * * * *
Carries like a small gun, handles like a bigger gun. All the controls are where they should be. Not designed with lefties in mind.

Ergonomics (firing): * * * *
Again, for a <$300 pistol, it’s fantastic, aside from a solidly “feh” DA pull. Its .22 LR chambering means virtually no recoil, and a long beavertail eliminates any chance of slide or hammer bite.

Reliability: * * * 1/2
Runs like a dream when fed its preferred flavors of ammo; absolutely shits the bed when fed the other 90% of .22 LR varieties.

Customize This: *
Nope. I think there might be some aftermarket wooden grips available, and Crimson Trace makes a Lasergrip for it. I’m sure there’s a holster or two somewhere out there as well, but that represents the width and breadth of one’s options. Lack of rails and a fixed, non-threaded barrel will no doubt disappoint the tacticool contingent.

Utility: * * * *
A little small for serious target work, a little big for last-ditch defensive roles. A minority of shooters might use it as a training platform for their Thunder .380s, and a smaller minority might use it as a CC. Others might find use for it as a trail or tackle box gun. For most, though, it’s a designated plinker. That being said, it excels in that role, while bringing some classic styling and an undeniable cool-factor to the table. Also a good platform for instructing new shooters.

Fun Factor: * * * * *
This is where this gun really shines. Just plain fun (and relatively cheap) to shoot.

Overall: * * * *
A great gun for the money that’s a blast to shoot.

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  1. I love the Bersa Thunder in .380 ACP and thought it was a great pistol despite what I felt was a bad double-action trigger pull. Very accurate for such a small pistol on SA.

    As much as I love the .380 ACP, the ammo finickiness is a big deal. I want all my guns to use as wide a range of ammo as possible. That was my stance before Sandy Hook and that event vindicated me.

    If this thing could shoot something other than Mini-Mags I’d own one already.

    • I had a Thunder 380+. Out of 6 trips to the range, there was only one where it didn’t give me problems–that was after getting it back from repairs because the slide wouldn’t come off for field-stripping after the 3rd or 4th time at the range. Also, the mags felt like junk. I was interested in the UC Thunder 9, but that gun killed any attraction to the brand for me.

    • I’ve had a Bersa Thunder 380CC for a couple years now it’s ate everything I’ve ever fed, and I’ve put 1000+ rds through it. Now my friend has a regular Bersa Thunder 380 and it’s a little ticky about ammo, not bad but it didn’t like my cast bullet handloads.

      • I gave up on mine after about 650 rounds. I had used a mix of Herters, Winchester, Remington UMC, Precision One (New, Reman, and XTP), Blazer Aluminum, Freedom Munitions, and BVAC. I never shot more than 100 rounds per range trip, and always cleaned it afterwards–with the exception of the one time that the slide wouldn’t come off.

  2. I concur. I almost subbed a review on this gun. See then I’d have to have actually written one, though, haha.

    My Dad owns it. Great gun. Ours is a much older model. No manual slide stop (last round hold = yes, though) and no stupid lock. Much win.

    Love that gun. Can be finicky with ammo for sure, but if you keep it clean and lubed it is not too bad. Pretty standard for the .22 pistols I’ve shot really.

    Great review!

    • You can shoot bulk ammo through your Bersa Thunder .22 until your eyeballs fall out with the use of the “Reduced Strength Recoil Spring Fits BERSA THUNDER .22LR Pistol For Bulk Ammo!!” from a seller on eBay going by the username of “Mutyangdavao”.

  3. This one was pretty well done. I’m not a fan of the “This is my opening” style opening, but it’s not a big thing. It was long enough to give thoughts and opinions, without being so long as to be boring and repetitive. I do have one concern about the advice given regarding the integral lock.

    The key goes in the recycle bin, you savage.

  4. Nice review Adam! It seems very redundant that most .22s are VERY picky with they’re ammo (like the chicken nugget metaphor, only with whole wheat breadcrumbs and chickens imported from Spain IN ADITTION), when one of the good things about .22 LR is that there are so many brands available -_- Anyways, I’d really like to see a review for TTAGs thoughts on the .380 version.

    • You can shoot bulk ammo through your Bersa Thunder .22 until your eyeballs fall out with the use of the “Reduced Strength Recoil Spring Fits BERSA THUNDER .22LR Pistol For Bulk Ammo!!” from a seller on eBay going by the username of “Mutyangdavao”.

  5. “Thunder .22”

    Isn’t that an oxymoron? Me thinks this gun suffers delusions of grandeur.

    Thunder would be a more suitable name for a .44 mag and up.

    This should be the Bersa Popper .22. Or the Bersa Pffter .22. Bersa Burper .22? Bersa Farter .22?

    • It’s also the name of their .380, 9mm, .40S&W and .45ACP pistols. That said, your disparagement of the .22LR seems to suggest you’ve been shot with the rounds numerous times to no effect. Impressive, because I knew of two men who were killed stone dead with them, one in a DGU.

      • For those of you who have had your sense of humor surgically removed –

        The mighty .22 hardly sounds like “thunder” when the trigger is pulled. A .44 sounds like Thor’s hammer.

        Nowhere in my post did I comment in any way on the efficacy of the .22.

        But thanks for sharing.

        • Just because someone doesn’t find your comments funny, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have no sense of humor; it’s quite possible that what you said was simply uninteresting, boring or stupid. Lighten up!

    • I’ve been killing pigs and other meat animals for years. A .22 to the head as proven more reliable than other calibers ive tried. I won’t argue with anyone because I know exactly what it will do. As for body shots; I’ve tried that too with wild dogs chasing cattle. I wouldn’t advise volunteering to receive an injection from one.

  6. I don’t see anything mfg by Bersa on the California “blessed” list, so I guess this is too much fun to be allowed in the Nanny State?

    • Wow I literally checked the approved roster just before reading your comment. I had your same results while checking… no Bersa. I remember seeing the Bersa .380 in my LGS advertisement just two or three weeks ago. Must have fallen off the list with the new year.

    • Its a real gun made of real materials and is due a certain respect for being among the most viable semi pistols for under $300. At least that’s my take on the .380. If someone was asking for advice on an all around defensive pistol in a budget with the usual non shooter non gun person caveats.

    • The Bersa doesn’t have a ridiculous manual of arms requiring fiddling with two separate manual safeties, for one. It’s got a proper beavertail, so you won’t get bitten by the hammer or slide. Bersa’s build quality is much better than the Phoenix guns. The Bersa is a bit larger than the Phoenix.

    • It’s a considerably better pistol, no doubt about it. Don’t get me wrong, the Phoenix hp22a is a damn fine gun, especially for the price. I still own one that I keep in an emergency supply cache. The Bersa Thunder .22 doesn’t have the excessive safeties (as long as you do away with the key for the internal lock) The component parts seem to be of higher quality, the trigger is more responsive and crisp for both double and single action, the sights are a bit better, and despite all the reviews saying that it’s overly picky on ammo, mine seems to digest whatever I put in it, even bulk Winchester and segmented subsonic CCI’s. I’ve put 548 rounds through it since the 16th of Febuary, and have only had three FTF’s, one of which was due to some old Vipers I found that were left over from the early eighties. My only complaint is the lack of a threaded barrel. I must also say that my Phoenix hp22a performs just a hairsbreath less than my Bersa, having fired over 1400 rounds with eight FTF’s and one instance where it quit cycling one particular magazine (and only that magazine). Both are good little guns, and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys plinking.

  7. “… I say to hell with rationalizing your purchase. It’s a good looking, well-constructed, good-shooting gun at a great price that’s damn fun to shoot.”

    Frame that and hang it on the wall next to your gun safe. Laminate a card-sized copy and keep it in your wallet. Words to live by, hombre.

  8. “Thunder .22 is the slide stop. It engages positively but tenuously; insert a magazine too aggressively and the slide stop will disengage itself.” Yours is not “special”, common fault IF you seat the magazine with good smack, more likely than not, slide will snap shut. My Ruger SR .22 requires a firm smack to properly seat the magazine, Bersa less so. Regarding ammo it prefers CCI minimags, but will fire most .22lr if grain is 40 or more. Good affordable pistol, for self dense, no one likes to be shot, and doubt a prep would ask “by the way, what caliber is that gun” It’s not necessarily a one shot drop gun but in handguns, few are. I now shoot Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact 9 now since ammo more available than .22lr. Would love to read a review of that Bersa

    • Thanks for pointing out that in self defense situations nobody is concerned about what caliber you carry.

      I purchased Bersa Thunder 22lr to be the little sister to the Bersa Thunder 380. Took my Texas Concealed Carry License with the Bersa 380 and passed Range Test. It did jam a couple of times but had practiced malfunction drills extensively, so had a respectable final score. Haven’t shot it for quite a while. Since I gave my nephew, Austin LEO, his grandfather’s Colt Government 380 semiautomatic pistol, I had inherited, with all the ammo for it. Guess a trip to Academy Sports is due today. Hope to pick up some snap caps in 380 for clearing drills. It’s not if you’re semiautomatic jams, it’s when it jams.
      Just my opinion, your mileage may vary!

  9. Adam, we need to discuss dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. My daughter is past the phase of only eating the dinosaur ones, and will now eat all shapes of chicken nuggets (but not much else). Funny that someone else has seen the same problem.

    • HA! My four-year-old daughter is the exact same about chicken nuggets! I’m thinking, “What’s in those things? Crack?” Seriously. Steak and bacon are “icky” but chicken nuggets are the bomb. OK then.

      To keep on a gun subject, I’d love for her first gun to be that American Beauty model Henry .22 rifle. What a sweet gun. I’m saving my shekels to put that one aside for her.

    • Zach,

      I have helped raise a dozen or so kids. Three of them even my own. And I have determined the cause of the dinosaur chicken nugget conundrum. We buy them. Just one time, and the kids remember that they come in those shapes.

      My son prefers his plain, while my daughter wants hers to be baked in the oven, with a teaspoon of marinara in the middle of them, and with shredded provolone sprinkled on top, so it looks like the dinosaurs were being hunted successfully.

  10. “Grab some CCI Mini-Mags…”

    I wish. They’re still my favorite .22LR round, but I haven’t seen a box available for sale on any shelf in several years now. I’m wary of using my (small) remaining CCI Mini-Mag stash until I have some hope of replenishing it.

  11. I’ve gotten around this issue by never once using the integrated lock; thus far, my strategy has been a resounding success.

    I’d suggest, just in the worst case scenario, that you drip some loctite red in there, work the lock back and forth a few times, then let it set up unlocked. That’s one thing you don’t want going loose and engaging on its own, which I’ve heard occuring, rarely yes, but do you want to chance it when the fix is so easy?

  12. Nice review! I only have one quibble with it. Do not throw away the key for the internal lock. It might be useful if and when the pistol locks itself. Yeah, it happens.

  13. I use a series of pistols for training new shooters, starting with the Bersa .22. I was so impressed with the Thunder .380’s reliability and accuracy, that the little Bersa was the first one I considered as an intro gun. It’s not perfect, small sights and slam shut slide are the negatives. The good stuff includes a decent DA/SA trigger, good grip ergo’s, and like it’s bigger bore brother, it’s a great value.

    A little ammo picky, but mine does well with Federal and Fiocchi. Rubber Firestorm grips improved the feel in the hand. It’s heavy enough to make recoil a non-issue, even for first timers. Lastly, it’s a nice looking pistol – not intimidating to a newbie, and a frame size that works with small to large hands. Very good review!

  14. “I’ve never benchrested it, but given the offhand groups I’ve shot with it, I’m confident that it’s more accurate than I am.” Well, given this kind of meaningless info, I can’t share the author’s confidence. Anyone who is going to write a review owes it to his readers to spend enough time at the shooting bench to provide some actual, factual, empirical accuracy data. TTAG should at least make this a minimum requirement for publication of any firearm review….even for a $200 point blank belly buster.

  15. I really wish Bersa would make a slightly larger version of this in 9mm Parabellum. And I mean an exact version — just scaled up in size as necessary to accommodate the slightly larger (and higher pressure) 9mm Parabellum round.

    I really love the decocker providing the option to carry with a round in the chamber and double-action trigger for the first shot plus single-action trigger for follow-up shots. That first double-action trigger pull is pretty much never going to happen unless the operator puts their finger on the trigger and pulls backwards.

    • You won’t see a scaled-up version for 9mm. A direct blowback mechanism like the Bersa Thunder can’t handle 9mm pressures unless you add a lot of mass to the slide (that’s why Hi-Points are so bulky and clunky). The “Ultra Compact” line from Bersa is close, but uses a Browning-style locking mechanism, so it’s a completely different gun, other than a similar grip shape.

  16. To me, this pistol is a classic example of form over function. Like the reviewer, I picked up on the cool PPK style right away. I bought mine (in all black, naturally) over the Frankengun Walther/S&W .22 that costs about a C-note more. A week later, I was wishing I’d popped the extra bucks. Yes, the CCI ammo worked most of the time. I also got a TON of really old (1970s) unjacketed lead rounds from a buddy whose father — and avid gun collector — left behind. (Sold me several hundred rounds for five bucks!) The loads were sufficiently hot enough to cycle the slide. But that was where the “honeymoon” ended.

    Even though it’s labeled as 1400 fps, the whilte Winchester “high velocity” bulk pack would seldom cycle through a whole magazine. Nor did the Remington. Only the expensive CCI and other premium loads worked. To me, that kinda defeats the whole purpose! The ONLY reason I wanted a .22 was for cheap practice. Unless you feel the need to practice clearing malfunctions with nearly every magazine (no joke — about four out of five), then this will frustrate far more than fascinate. I traded it in for a Ruger SR-22. GREAT move!

    While the classic style is gone, the Ruger’s sleek, modern lines, lightweight aluminum slide (brushed, giving it a two-tone look) and a thin or thick backstrap option for roughly the same price is THE way to go. This gun digests nearly everything! Name brand bulk boxes have all gone without a hitch. So put the Bersa in the display case, and drop the Ruger into the range bag!

  17. Used to own the Firestorm version. Regret selling it. It was a nice, reliable shooter.

    One thing I didn’t enjoy was the lack of available magazines for it. Or magazines that were available that didn’t cost in excess of $50 a pop.

    Great writeup, nonetheless.

  18. I just got my wife the Thunder .22 and decided to try my own field test of ammo…only 2 so far that worked 100% of the time was Remington Golden Bullets and Remington Cyclone, not one failure to feed or to eject. She likes the gun very much and at 25 feet she was inside the second ring of the target consistently, not bad for someone that had never shot a gun before about 2 months ago!

    • You can shoot bulk ammo through your Bersa Thunder .22 until your eyeballs fall out with the use of the “Reduced Strength Recoil Spring Fits BERSA THUNDER .22LR Pistol For Bulk Ammo!!” from a seller on eBay going by the username of “Mutyangdavao”.

  19. I gave away my Ruger MKIII after acquiring a Browning Buckmark, which is my only .22LR pistol. For concealed carry I use a Bersa Thunder UC 9mm, which has never failed to go “bang” when I pulled the trigger.

  20. ok I got this 22 pistol firestorm last year from a old man that almost shot is brother with it. yes 80 bucks with about 600 rds. it was like new in the box. I have never fire it. I broke it down and cleaned it. break down is easy. had to keep reading the instructions. interesting pistol to learn. put the key for the lock on my key ring. dont know about using lock tight. ???. but it is a good thought. I keep it loaded with a shell in the chamber and 10 in the mag. with the safety off and hammer cocked . put it in the hoster and strap the holder across the fire pin. you say that crazy. well I live about half mile from the mexican border in one of the most dishonest town in america. I will be glad to discust safety with you after its all over . no I carry a colt 45 auto the same way. thanks for all the feed back. play safe.

  21. owned the firestorm 380 for about 400 rounds and am concerned about the quality of frame alloy…seems soft as it is bright and shiny now where the slide contacts it on the side of the slide release, despite liberal oiling….maybe its just breaking in and that’s all I will see but still….should it look like that? Otherwise its an awesome little pistol

  22. as per conversation with the lead USA Bersa Warranty gunsmith, Mr. Honeycutt, the slide going forward when a magazine is aggressively inserted is a design feature.

  23. Very nice review. I, like many others here, have a Bersa 380 – the Thunder 380 CC to be precise. It is both my wife’s carry gun and mine. I love this pistol – it’s reliable, it’s lightweight and it looks good. Early on, I did find that in breaking it in (about 500 rounds) it failed to feed a couple times (like 4-5) using flat nosed FMJ ammo. That was corrected by polishing the frame feed ramp a little. Don’t underrate Bersa but if you do want 100% reliability without polishing the feed ramp just use any kind of round nosed ammo OR the conical Hornady HXT JHP style rounds made by many manufacturers.

  24. If you want to shoot any bulk ammo, there is a seller on ebay that sells a reduced rate / strength spring which will allow you to shoot that lower power stuff all day long.

  25. Throwing the key to your lock away is a bad idea. What are you gonna do if you pick it up one day to find it locked because a close friend or relative is playing a nasty little joke?
    I say put the key on your key ring and leave it there.

  26. I was reading your review thinking o. K.. Then you mention trying to deal with the recoil of the thunder 380…huh? Have you shot very many guns… If you think a thunder 380 kicks, your not very experienced… That gun is easy as hell to shot and manage… Besides having one of the best triggers I have ever used… And everyone knows all 22s struggle with the inconsistencies of the 22 cartridge

  27. >>>>>There is a seller on ebay that sells a reduced strength recoil spring for the Bersa Thunder .22 that allows you to shoot even cheap bulk ammo.

  28. A couple more rounds, quieter than .380 with faster follow up shots. I would carry one. I really wish they would bring back the .32.

  29. We didn’t realize bersa made a .22lr…several months ago we bought a ruger lcp ll . 22lr and have just finished breaking it in…it is ammo sensitive, also…We own a bersa .380 that we trust, but in March 2021 ammo is not easy or cheap, and so we bought the ruger…now I guess we will be on the lookout for the .22lr bersa…thank you puppet Joe for making that possible…😎

  30. I bought my BT22 a couple of months ago and couldn’t be happier.
    I run Remington Thunderbolt bulk ammo (500 round box) . Have put over 500 rounds through.
    Being as the gun was nib I really didn’t have high expectations for the ammo. However, my BT22 cycled flawlessly with only having a few fte issues. Not unusual for bulk ammo. Not any dirtier than any other 22 ammo.
    As someone on another forum said “Thunderbolt for practice, CCI for carry”.
    Checkout for ammo.

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