New guy here, with a Thunder 380 duo-tone, my Christmas present to myself. I already had a full size 9 mm, and was looking for something smaller for range use and CCW eventually (I'm not licensed yet). I initially considered J frame snub revolvers, but I kept hearing that they're "carry a lot, shoot a little" guns, i.e., not particularly accurate or fun for casual shooting. The same seems to apply to most of the micro-compact pocket pistols out there. The Bersa 380 hits the sweet spot of a perfect fit for my small mitts, still small enough to carry, and a great shooter. Plus, it reminds me of my grandfather's old (pre-war, I think) Walther PP. I'm a cheapskate, and a new Bersa could be had NIB for $230 with a big Cabela's coupon (nostalgia wouldn't justify spending twice as much for a Walther).
I read lots of positive reviews of Bersas, which was a good thing, because the actual shopping experience was a test of my confidence. After saying that he had never seen a Bersa come back with problems (which I was inclined to believe), the Cabela's guy drew two problem guns in a row from stock. On the first, the slide didn't lock back on an empty mag. The second was inconsistent in DA mode, dropping the hammer from half cock about every other pull. Having learned more since then, I wonder if these could be ILS or shipping-gunk related issues. Fortunately, the third one was good to go, and I took it home.
After a good cleaning and a brief, cold range trip I can say it's a nice little shooter. A couple to fail-to-feeds early on, but my grip may have been to blame. So, it looks it will prove to be a good gun. But all I really want is someone to hold me and tell me that everything is going to be all right (bonus points for the movie reference). No takers? OK, how about helping rack up my post count so I can get some discounted goodies from Condor's Flight?