I must admit it has taken me over a YEAR to do this review of the Bersa Thunder Pro XT 9mm. Which is unacceptable. This handgun is no longer in production but you can get them still at Tactical Imports. I would like to thank Tactical Imports for their patience and understanding. Before I start this review please note that you can leave your comments and also rate this product yourself in the comments section below.
The build quality of this handgun is good. I did not have any issues with this firearm and have no complaints about its build quality. The Bersa pistol is made of mostly metal so the weight is on the heavy side, but thats to be expected and do not consider it a fault.
The controls of the Thunder Pro XT are full ambidextrous. It also features oversized controls and trigger guard that allow for the use of gloves while using the handgun. This is a benefit for people who live in cold climates. All the controls are in great spots for easy access. The only issue I have is that my thumb does not reach the magazine release button due to my thumb possibly being a little shorter than average, but I mainly think its due to the grip being too large.
I usually ad a takedown section to my reviews as a lot of firearms can be complicated or at least somewhat annoying. This firearm is the complete opposite, it is the easiest handgun to takedown that I have used. All you do is push down one lever and the slide comes off. Thats it. Please watch the video below and you will see it first hand. You will also see a kind of comical situation I put myself in while demonstrating this!
The rear sight is adjustable up, down, left and right. The front sight is like a true glow (red) so very visible. I personally really liked the sights and my next handgun purchase will most likely have similar sights.
The Bersa Thunder Pro XT is an Argentina made firearm and has a very good reputation in the industry. These handguns are used a lot in competition shooting. I did not attend any competitions with the Thunder Pro but I did manage to shoot around 500 rounds through it and happy to say I did not have 1 issue, no failures to feed or stove pipes. So reliability is great.
At first I found the Thunder Pro XT a little uncomfortable, frankly I didn’t like it. It would hurt my hand when fired. I think this is due to grip being so large. I adjusted my grip to make it more comfortable and I did not have any further issues, except that I still feel the grip is to large. It does not come with extra grips as far as I am aware.
Once I figured out my hold and got somewhat used to the large grip the Bersa handgun was accurate and I had not issues hitting my targets. Of course when I did my part!
The price is a little steep, but it does come with features that would justify a higher price. It is well made, bright adjustable sights and is very reliable, so I would consider the price steep but reasonable for the mentioned reasons.
Would I buy it?
If I was looking for this style of handgun and the grip was smaller or exchangeable I would certainly consider it. I personally lean toward polymer guns only because of weight.
•Pica-tinny Rail for attachment of accessories
•Made for both left and right handed users; full ambidextrous controls
•Oversize controls easy to access and manipulate, designed to work easily with gloves
•Exceptional fit & finish
•Military proven durability and reliability
•Rated for use with +P ammunition
•Polygonal rifled barrel
•Inexpensive spare magazines
Effective Range: 50m
Magazine Capacity: 10
Trigger Mechanism: Double Stage; SA/DA
Mechanical Safety: Decocker; double action, firing pin safety, hammer half cock, loaded chamber indicator
Sights: Fixed 3 dot combat
Sight Radius: 153mm
Barrel Length: 108mm