When you take your new Bersa Thunder 380 firearm home, you must first unlock the trigger lock safety (located on the left side of the reciever, above and slightly forward of the trigger) by rotating it to ‘F’. This will allow the slide to be retracted.
Bersa’s come well packed with preservative oil which should be removed before firing. The barrel should be cleaned and the slide rails should be lubricated with a drop of lubricant on each rail at the rear of the slide. The outside of the barrel should also recieve a drop or two of lubricant spread over it’s entire surface forward of the reciever, to allow the recoil spring to compress and expand easily.
To clean the barrel properly, you must remove the slide to enable cleaning from the breech, or chamber, end of the barrel. To remove the slide, first locate the take – down lever, on the right hand side of the frame, forward of the trigger – and rotate it down and fully forward. Pull the slide as far to the rear as possible and lift the rear of the slide to disengage it from the rails. While holding the rear of the slide above the frame, ease it forward and off the pistol. The breechface of the slide may contact the frame where the chamber of the barrel is installed but enough upward pressure should be applied to allow the slide to be removed. Next, remove the recoil spring from the barrel. Note that the small end of the recoil spring is installed towards the chamber end of the barrel. Some recoil springs will have only a marginally smaller end.
After cleaing the bore, your Bersa Thunder 380 can be reassembled. First, install the recoil spring on the barrel, smaller end towards the breech. Orient the spring with the point at which the spring wire ends at the twelve o’clock position at the muzzle end. This will make reassembly easier. Also, make sure the disconnector/ drawbar is fully seated in the trigger, so the slide will cover it’s tab fully. Push the takedown lever down and fully forward and seat the recoil spring in the front of the slide. Holding the rear of the slide above the breech pull to the rear as far as possible and then down, making sure the rails at the rear of the slide are behind the rails of the frame. If undue force is required, do not jam the slide downward, but try again. Never hit the slide with any object to seat it into place or damage to the frame will result.
Your Bersa Thunder 380 acp is now ready to load and fire.
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