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Bersa
Model: Thunder 40
Gun Dimensions Width:1.5-in
Length:7.55-in Height:1.5-in
Barrel:4.3-in Weight:30-oz
Variant 3 of 4
Gun Rankings
  • IDPA Power Factor176030
  • Recoil Factor7.22 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity14 rounds
  • ConcealibilityFair
  • Defense Factor92%
Gun Specifications
Type:Pistol
Produced:2007 - Disc.
Caliber:.40 S&W
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:frame mounted decock/hammer block
Magazine:13-round
Frame:aluminum alloy
Grip:black polymer
Sights:fixed blade front, white outline rear
Notes:high capacity version, duotone finish
Manufacturer
Bersa SA
More Info
Gun Value
MSRP:$495.00Used Est:$360.00
Last Update:5/6/2017
About the Gun

The Thunder 40 was the first Bersa pistol chambered for .40 S&W. Due to the 1994 U.S. ban on magazines exceeding 10 rounds capacity, the full-size Bersa Thunder 40 with a magazine design capacity of 13 was initially unable to enter the U.S. market. Subsequently, Bersa introduced a compact version, the MiniThunder 40, in 2000 that met that ban restrictions. Since the ban has lifted both versions are now available.

Cartridge Specifications
Caliber: .40 S&W
Alias: .40 Smith & Wesson Auto
MV: From 985 to 1325 ft/sec
ME: From 355 to 500 ft-lb
WT: From 135 to 180 grains
About the Cartridge

This cartridge was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson. It was an effort to to create a cartridge with the same power as the 10mm Norma round that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter cartridge would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a smaller, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the cartridge of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the United States.

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