INDEXSome basic firearm safety rules . 5Model MiniThunder 9 and MiniThunder 40 Technical data . 6Model MiniThunder 45 Ultra Compact Technical data . 8Spare Parts Model Bersa . 11How to use your firearm . 12Safety warnings . 182

SOME BASIC FIREARM SAFETY RULES1. treat every firearm as if it were loaded.Always be sure the barrel is clear of any obstruction.Always store firearms and ammunition separately, locked if possible, and out of reach of childrenand others unfamiliar with firearms.Always be sure of your backstop, target, what is beyond it and the safety of any bystander beforeshooting.Always wear adequate eye and ear protection when shooting.Always use clean, dry, factory-manufactured ammunition with the proper size and caliber for yourfirearm.Never lend your firearm to anyone unfamiliar with its operation or the basic rules of firearmssafety. Make sure anyone using your firearm has read and understood this Instruction andSafety Manual.Never point your firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot!Never carry this firearm loaded without the safety lever ON!The best safety device is your own common sense. Use it.3


TECHNICAL DATAModel MiniThunder 9Caliber: 9 x 19 mmSpecial features: Grooved frameOperation: SemiautomaticReversible magazine release buttonLocking system: Link-free designHammer fully skeletonized (elongated-Action: Single and double actionhole-through-spur)Overall length: 6.53 inchesAfter firing the last cartridge, the slideWidth: 1.46 inchesremains openHeight: 4.76 inchesEasy disassemblyWeight: 23 ouncesU-SYSTEM SightsBarrel length: 3.25 inchesFully ambidextrousRifling: R.H., 6 grooves (pitch 10 inches)Magazine capacity: 10 1Safety features: - Manual safety breaking the connection betweentrigger and sear.- Automatic firing pin safety.Model MiniThunder 40- Hammer decocking safetyFinish: Matte blue / nickel / duotoneCaliber: .40 S&WRear sight: Dovetailed to slideFront sight: Blade, integral with slideLine of sight: 5 inches5


TECHNICAL DATAModel MiniThunder 45 Ultra CompactSpecial features: Grooved frameCaliber: .45 ACPReversible magazine release buttonOperation: SemiautomaticHammer fully skeletonized (elongated-Locking system: Link-free designhole-through-spur)Action: Single and double actionAfter firing the last cartridge, the slideOverall length: 6.81 inchesWidth: 1.46 inchesremains openHeight: 5.08 inchesEasy disassemblyWeight: 27 ouncesU-SYSTEM SightsFully ambidextrousBarrel length: 3.6 inchesRifling: R.H., 6 grooves (pitch 16 inches)Magazine capacity: 7 1Safety features: - Manual safety breaking the connection betweentrigger and sear.- Automatic firing pin safety.- Hammer decocking safetyFinish: Matte blue / nickel / duotoneRear sight: Dovetailed to slideFront sight: Blade, integral with slideLine of sight: 5.55 inches7


SPARE rod, recoil springRecoil Spring setFiring pinFiring pin springAutomatic firing pin safetyAutomatic firing pin safety springExtractorExtractor pinExternal extractor springInternal extractor springFrameBarrel camBarrel cam bushingSlide catch (left)Slide catch (right)Slide catch springDisassembly barDisassembly bar stopDisassembly bar springEjectorHammer stopSafety bar bar (left)Safety pinSafety springHammer releaseSafety drawbar springSafety stop pinSafety elastic pinMagazine bottom holderMagazine bottomTrigger springTrigger pinDrawbar springAutomatic safety camHammerHammer strut pinHammer strutHammer springGrip catchHammer guide bushSear pinSear springSearMagazine catchMagazine catch Magazine catch springMagazine catch pinGripDisconnectorRear sightDrawbarTriggerMagazineFeeder platformMagazine springInternal locking systemSafety keyFiring pin stopSafety springSafety stop

HOW TO USE YOUR FIREARMRemove the magazine from the pistol by depressing the magazine release button (Fig. 1).Loading the magazine:Hold the magazine with one hand, and with the other push down the feeder platform or the round alreadyin the magazine and carefully slide the new cartridge completely back under the lips. Repeat this procedure until the magazine is fully loaded.Damaged or bent magazine lips may cause malfunctions. Do not use force.Loading the cartridge chamber:Before loading, be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. Insert the fully loaded magazine intothe pistol. Hold the firearm with one hand, and with the thumb and index fingers of the other hand grasp theserrated sides of the slide and pull it back (Fig. 2), then release the slide.The firearm is now loaded and ready to fire.Caution: Always keep your finger off the trigger whenever you do not intend to fire.Safety:Engage the manual safety by pushing it up (Fig. 3). This movement disengages the connection betweenthe trigger and the hammer.Decock the hammer and block the slide. The red warning dot then disappears.10

SAFETY WARNING: All owners and users of FIRESTORM pistols are reminded to use the decockinglever to decock their pistols. This is the only way to safely lower the hammer.Warning:The hammer should never be manually lowered by pulling the trigger. Manually lowering the hammer isdangerous and may result in severe personal injury or death.WARNING: DO NOT THUMB THE HAMMER DOWN. This action may result in severe personal injury or death. ALWAYS USE THE DECOCKING LEVER.Firing:If you intend to fire your pistol, push down the manual safety lever and squeeze the trigger.Since the hammer is uncocked, the pull on the trigger will first cock the hammer and then release it. Thisfiring mode is called double action.The discharge will recoil the slide which, in turn, will eject the fired cartridge case, cock the hammer, andactivate the recoil spring. The slide then automatically returns forward feeding the next cartridge from themagazine into the chamber. THE PISTOL THEN IS READY TO FIRE AGAIN.Squeeze the trigger to fire again.To fire the first shot by the single action mode, simply cock the hammer manually after disengaging thesafety and squeeze the trigger.11

When the last round has been fired, the slide remains fully back. If you intend to fire again, remove theempty magazine and insert a loaded one. Press the slide catch (Fig. 4) to close the slide and load thechamber.CAUTION: Always keep your finger off the trigger whenever you do not intend to fire.Safety Key:Your pistol is provided with an internal locking system operated by a special key. It is located above thetrigger in the left side of the frame. In the unlocked position (F) the pistol is ready to fire. In the lockedposition (S) you can not cock the hammer, fire in double action, load a catridge in the chamberor disassemble the pistol. Please make sure that your pistol is in the lock position (S) when not in use.Always store and keep your pistol unloated and in a safe place away from minors. Replacement keyscan be ordered by calling customer service at 1-732-493-0333.Unloading the pistol and chambered cartridge:Press the magazine release button and then grasp the serrated sides of the slide from the rear anddraw the slide fully rearward in order to extract any cartridge from the barrel chamber.When sure the chamber is empty and the cartridge has been ejected, release the slide.How to reverse the magazine release button: After removing the magazine, unscrew and remove the12

pin of the grip. Remove the grip. Repeat the same procedure with the pin of the magazine release button(Fig. 6) until it is dropped out. Put the magazine release button in the place of your preference following theabove procedures in reverse order. Then screw back the pin of the grip and reassemble it.MAINTENANCEIt is recommended to clean and lubricate the pistol every time it is fired.Field StrippingMake sure the pistol is unloaded.Depress the magazine release button and remove the magazine. With right thumb rotate disassemblinglatch until it stops (Fig. 7). Pull forward the slide-barrel assembly with recoil spring and spring guide (Fig.8). Slightly pressing the recoil spring guide head, lift the recoil spring guide (Fig. 9 and 10). Take out thebarrel from the slideNo further disassembly is recommended unless done by a competent gunsmith.Cleaning and lubricating: After dismantling, clean the barrel and chamber with a light film of high qualitygun oil to clean all exposed internal surfaces. Put special attention on the bolt face (where the firing pin13

protrudes) and under the extractor hook. Lubricate moving parts sparingly with a light high quality gun oil.Wipe off any excess oil.Assembly:Assemble following the Field Stripping procedure in reverse order. It is advisable to pay attention to thefollowing points:The recoil spring guide head should lodge in the center of its groove in the barrel base.When rotating the disassembling latch, the slide should be in the closed position14


SAFETY WARNINGSEar and eye protection: Use ear plugs or earmuff-type protectors to guard you against cumulative,permanent hearing loss as a result of continuous exposure to shooting noise.Shooting glasses will guard you against powder, gas, carbon residue, lubricant, metallic particles orsimilar debris that may emanate occasionally from any firearm in normal useAlways make sure that anyone near you is also wearing ear and eye protection.Safety mechanism:1. Your firearm has an effective, well-designed safety mechanism. However, there s no safety mechanism capable of substituting your common sense and good safety procedures. No safety canguard you against horseplay, carelessness, or improper use. It may become ineffective by breakage or malfunction due to abusive use, incorrect assembly, or unauthorized adjustments.2. While handling any firearm, never allow it to point at any part of your body or at another person.No harm should result if you obey this rule, even if an accidental discharge occurs.3. The safety mechanism should be on until you are actually aiming at the target ready to shoot4. When turning the safety ON or OFF, point the muzzle in a safe direction and keep your finger offthe trigger.5. Be sure to put the safety in the correct position or it will not be effective. Some firearms have a redwarning dot next to the safety which should be totally covered when the safety is on.6. Do not carry the firearm loaded without the safety on (Double action revolvers and some doubleaction pistols have an automatic internal safety mechanism instead of a manual one).16

Loading:1. Be sure the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction when loading the firearm2. Do not load or unload a firearm in a confined space such as a vehicle or building other than awell-constructed shooting range. In an enclosed area there is not usually a safe direction in whichto point the firearm, and if accidentally fired, there is a great risk of causing personal injury orproperty damage.3. Clean all oil and grease from the chamber before loading, and be sure nothing is obstructing thebarrel. Any obstruction in the barrel may cause the barrel to bulge or burst when firing it, orotherwise damage the firearm or injure the shooter and bystanders.Firing:1. When cocking a firearm, keep your finger off the trigger and point the muzzle in a safe direction.2. Never carry a cocked firearm around or leave it unattended! A cocked firearm will fire with theslightest pressure on the trigger. If you fall or the firearm is dropped, or someone hits it, an accidental firing may occur.3. When firing a semi-automatic gun, keep your fingers, hand, face and all other parts of your bodyaway from the ejection port, or any other part of the slide (or bolt) when it is moving. The shooterwill not be injured if the firearm is held and fired at arm s length.4. Be sure no one is standing where they may be struck by an empty cartridge case. Ejected casesare hot and may cause burns, cuts or eye injuries (if no eye protection is worn). Be sure there is17

5.6.a clear, safe, unobstructed path for fire cases to be ejected. And also be sure they will not bounceoff a hard object and hit someone.If your firearm has a mechanical malfunction while shooting, or if powder or gas emanates from it,or if a cartridge case is bulged or ruptured, or if the sound of the fire is not quite right, DO NOTCONTINUE SHOOTING. STOP IMMEDIATELY AND UNLOAD THE FIREARM. Then take thefirearm and ammunition to your gunsmith.A loaded cartridge case that becomes jammed in a semiautomatic gun between the slide (or bolt)and the barrel may be removed as follows: Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. First,remove the magazine, and then pull the slide or bolt back. Hold it or lock it to the rear. Removethe jammed case by shaking the firearm or pick it out with your fingers.Unloading:1. Be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction.2. After removing the magazine, be sure to clear the chamber3. Do not assume a firearm is unloaded until you have visually checked it.Transporting and storing your firearm:1. Always keep your firearm unloaded when transporting it to and from shooting activities.2. Store firearms and ammunition separately, preferably locked and secured. Keep firearms andammunition out of reach of children, untrained individuals or careless, unauthorized adults.18

Semi-automatic pistols:1. Carrying a semi-automatic pistol with a cartridge in the chamber greatly increases the chances ofaccidental firing. Doing so may only be justified in cases of clear and present danger. For instance, in cases of self-defense you may have to fire your pistol instantly, however this is notrecommended. The safest way to carry a loaded pistol is to have the chamber empty.2. If you MUST carry a semi-automatic pistol with a cartridge in the chamber, be sure the hammer isdecocked. If your pistol has a hammer lowering lever, use this lever instead of the trigger to lowerthe hammer. And also, if your pistol has a manual safety, always leave it on when carrying thepistol with a cartridge in the chamber until the firearm is aimed at the target ready to shoot.Ammunition:1. Use high-quality, original, factory-manufactured ammunition in your firearm. Never useammunition that is wet, dirty, corroded or damaged. Never oil or lubricate ammunition or letexcess aerosol lubricants, preservatives, or cleaners come into contact with cartridges. This maycause dangerous malfunction problems. Be sure your ammunition has the proper caliber, whichis engraved on the firearm. Do not use ammunition of any other caliber.2. Reloading ammunition is a science. Improperly loaded ammunition may cause severe damage toyour firearm and severe injury to both the shooter and other individuals. Use ammunition ap proved bythe U.S. Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, Inc. (SAAMI). All warranties are void ifyou use reloaded, remanufactured , handloaded, or other non-standard ammunition.19 pressure inside the chamber or the barrel may cause severe damage to the firearmand/or severe injury to the shooter. This may be caused by obstructions in the barrel, propellantpowder overloads, or the use of incorrect, wrongly assembled, dirty, corroded or damagedcartridges.Stop shooting IMMEDIATELY and check the barrel for obstructions if:- you have difficulties in chambering a cartridge or feel unusual resistance-a cartridge misfires-a fired cartridge case is not extracted-you see unburned grains of powder in the mechanism-a shot sounds abnormal or weakDirty, corroded, oil hambered completely, and the cartride case may burst when firing.Wipe any oil preservative from the chamber before shooting and do not lubricate the cartridges.Lubricants interfere with the required friction between the cartridge case and the chamber wall.This causes stress similar to excessive pressure.Do not use too much lubricant on your gun s moving parts. Do not spray gun care aerosolproducts where they may come into contact with ammunition. Do not overspray. Lubricants,especially aerosol sprays, may penetrate cartridge primers and cause the ammunition to misfire.Some lubricants may get inside cartridge cases and prevent powder from igniting. If only theprimer ignites, the bullet may become lodged in the barrel.20

Firearm care:1. When your firearm is delivered it comes in a factory package and has a light coating of protectivegrease and oil. Clear all this grease and oil from the bore and exposed mechanism beforeloading.2. Double-check your firearm is unloaded before disassembling it for cleaning.3. After cleaning, make sure you have not left a cleaning patch or any other obstruction in the boreor chamber.Parts:BERSA s distributor has a complete supply of replacement parts. Even though most gunsmiths are highlyqualified to make the necessary repairs to your firearm, the workmanship of any particular gunsmith, otherthan those in our Service Department, is totally beyond our control. Should your firearm ever requireservice, we strongly recommend that you return it to BERSA. Unauthorized adjustments or partsreplacement can void your warranty.It is the responsibility of the purchaser to be absolutely certain that any parts ordered from BERSA are ofthe correct type and are properly fitted and installed by a competent person. THE IMPROPERFITTING OF PARTS OR IMPROPER MECHANICAL ADJUSTMENT MAY RESULT IN A DANGEROUSMALFUNCTION, DAMAGE TO THE FIREARM, AND POSSIBLE SEVERE INJURY TO THE SHOOTEROR TO OTHERS. Therefore, the purchaser and/or installer of parts must accept full responsibility for thecorrect adjustment and function of the firearm after such installation has been made or attempted.21

Service policy:Your firearm has been carefully inspected and tested before being shipped to ensure it meets ourspecifications and standards. If your firearm needs adjustments, refinishing or repairs, we highlyrecommend that you obtain factory service from BERSA.If you have any questions about your firearm s performance, write to our Service Department andaccurately describe the situation. If the Service Department feels your firearm may need factory service,they will let you know and give you all the instructions for shipping the firearm adequately.BERSA s distributor will inspect your firearm thoroughly and evaluate the problem or problems youmentioned in your letter. If the repairs needed are not covered by the warranty (copy enclosed), we willsend you a quotation of the actual cost of the repairs, not an estimate. You must authorize all repairs. Norepairs will be made without your express approval.Returning firearms for service:1. Federal Licensed dealers may ship handguns via U.S. Mail. The Post Office confiscates handguns mailed by private individuals.2. Under Federal Law, you may return rifles by U.S. Mail. Other firearms may be returned bycommon carriers such as United Parcel Services (UPS). State and local gun laws vary greatly.Consult your local prosecuting attorney about any laws in your area that may restrict shipping orreceiving firearms. Taking all these f