Bersa’s Thunder in Rainbows

Davidsons Bersa OD

Eagle Imports announced a new series of Bersa Thunder pistols that sport a variety of non-traditional colors. Eagle Imports, the United States based importer of Bersa firearms, has partnered with gun distributer Davidson’s on this project.

The new Thunder pistols will be available in four colors: blue, OD green, purple and pink. These will be limited runs, but as with most things in a market economy, consumer demand could make one or more of these a permanent addition. Also, if the project proves to be a commercial success, I would not be surprised to see additional colors offered by the companies in the future.

Davidsons Bersa purple

If you are not familiar with the Bersa Thunder, it is a compact .380 ACP that bears a resemblance to the Walther PPK. Back in the 1990’s, concealed carry was becoming more and more common. Also at that time, there were fewer compact semi-auto pistols for carrying. The Thunder was seen by many as an affordable option, and it built a fairly solid reputation for reliability.

Even though Bersa has introduced more powerful and flatter pistols like the BP9CC, the Thunder remains popular with many. The gun has a 8+1 capacity and 3.5″ barrel. Unloaded, it weighs 20 ounces. The design uses the traditional DA/SA trigger system.

Davidsons Bersa blue

Although not part of the new color program, Bersa did expand the Thunder line earlier this year with the Combat Plus pistols. Those guns have a double stack magazine, allowing you to carry 15+1 rounds of .380.

Even with the limited edition colors, the price remains affordable: $341 retail.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I like the “Sea Foam”.
    That’ll be my beach gun.

  • Austin

    Almost looks like they’re taking a page from SCCY’s playbook.

  • Vitsaus

    What is it with budget brand guns and wacky colors?

    • kipy

      Much easier than designing a new product I suppose.

  • Sulaco

    At least it still looks like a gun, I heard more Bitc&^^ from cops when Charter Arms colored the entire frame of some of their revolvers to look like toys…

  • Blake

    For Walther PP-esque .380s, I’ll stick with CZ-83, thanks…
    Deadly accurate, good sites, 100% reliable (as long as you avoid cheap mags), 12+1 doulbe-stack (a rarity in .380s):

    • Twilight sparkle

      There isn’t a huge price difference for this and a bersa either.

      • Blake

        Especially if you don’t mind 9mm Makarov, you can pick up a Czech police-surplus CZ-82 for chump change if you keep an eye out for them…
        (bonus: if you’ve got a cz-83, cz-82 mags fit & feed .380ACP just fine & you can get an extra round in them vs. cz-83 mags)

        • kipy

          I love my CZ-82, such an ergonomic little beauty. I rub it in my cousins face every time he starts bragging about his Polish P64.

    • iksnilol

      15+1 in .32 ACP


  • Edeco

    Come on Artillery Thunder; 7.5″ barrel, ladder sight and extended grip with slightly protruding 23-or-so round assault-clip.

    • Wanderlust

      I will only buy one in purple!

      • Edeco

        Gasp, I was thinking Parkerized with straw-colored case-hardened trigger and hammer :S

  • Anonymoose

    Aww, I thought it was gonna be actual rainbow like those SIGs. :

  • I wonder if women actually like these colored pistols; I always found them a bit patronizing.

    • politicsbyothermeans

      I don’t see a lot of adult women shooting them but little girls (and little boys too) seem to dig them.

    • Jwedel1231

      As a grown man, I find myself looking at cerakoted guns in odd colors more than I would like to admit. I feel patronized that you think these guns are only aimed at women.


    Wish there were more colors…where’s the imagination? How about a mood ring colored gun that helps me decide when it’s time to do some killin’? Blue – I keep it holstered. Purple – I take it out. Red – you is dead! I’m just in a mood for that today…all day today.

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