The Thunder is a lightweight, relatively small semi-automatic pistol series chambered in the popular. It is similar in design to the compact Beretta 70 pistol, but also with design features in common with the Walther PPK ; although it sells for about half the price of a PPK. The Thunder is suited for concealed carry due to its small size and rounded trigger guard. A number of military and law enforcement forces have included Bersa s in their inventory, including the Ecuadorian Air Force. The Thunder has a light aluminum alloy frame that reduces weight for easier carry, yet the pistol still retains enough mass weight to help tame recoil. Due to the small frame, the pistol is very well suited for female shooters, and males with smaller hands.
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Introduced in the late s by Argentine firearms manufacturer Bersa , S. It is mostly similar in design and appearance to the compact Beretta Cheetah pistol, however it does have a few similarities to the Walther PPK as well, although the Bersa sells for about half the price of a PPK. A variant of sorts is sold by another importer, Firestorm SGS of New Jersey, wherein the pistol is assembled from parts manufactured by Bersa and marketed as the 'Firestorm ' and 'Firestorm 22'.
The Thunder is intended for general civilian use. This conceptualization might be appreciated in the context of handgun use and law in many South American countries, where the Thunder is quite popular, and. Nevertheless, a number of military and law enforcement forces have included Bersa 's in their tables of equipment, including the Ecuadorian Air Force.
The Thunder has a light aluminum alloy frame that reduces weight for easier carry, yet the pistol still retains enough mass weight to help tame recoil. Due to the small frame, the pistol is very well suited for female firers, and males with smaller hands. The magazines, however are designed with an extra section of grip, so that all fingers of the firing hand are accommodated.
The blowback , fixed-barrel design theoretically aids accuracy, and it appears that the vast majority of Thunder users report favorably on that issue. The nearly straight-in alignment of the chamber and the topmost cartridge in the magazine seems to be responsible for the pistol's reliable chambering and cycling.
The frame features a long rearward tang over the grips, which effectively protects the shooter's thumb web from hammer-bite or slide-bite. There are several safety features built into the Thunder a slide mounted manual safety and decocker that blocks the hammer, a magazine disconnect safety that prevents firing if a magazine is not inserted, a long double-action DA first trigger pull, an inertial firing pin, and in some models an integral key-operated trigger lock.
Some versions also feature an automatic firing pin block. The pistol has a rear sight windage adjustment. This article does not contain any citations or references. Please improve this article by adding a reference. For information about how to add references, see Template:Citation.
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