Bersa 380 Holster – A List of 5 Holsters To Fit Your Bersa
Bersa 380 - KEEP THIS IN MIND
When you are looking for a Bersa 380 holster, you should be aware of what exactly your needs will be. Do you want to carry concealed? Or do you perhaps want to be able to comfortably carry for long periods of time? To be able to answer that, we first need to look at the Bersa 380 and see what we are working with.
Weapon Size and Weight:
The Bersa 380 has the following measurements:
- Weight: 20 oz (560 g)
- Length: 6.61 in (168 mm)
- Barrel length: 3.54 in (90 mm)
It is clear that the Bersa 380 is as a small sized handgun. Small guns are great for concealed carry and a lot of folks would perhaps even carry it as a back-up weapon. As such there are a wide variety of holsters available to you, such as pocket holsters, ankle holsters or even shoulder holsters. Below we look at 5 options that we really like.
Our 5 Top Picks For Bersa 380 HOLSTERS
Below we look at 5 holsters that are available on Amazon. We look at the materials that the holsters are made from, the comfort of how it is worn, how it fits the Bersa 380, and how easy it is to draw your weapon from the holster.
Here are our top holsters:
Fobus Standard Holster RH Belt BS2BH Bersa Thunder 380 / Firestorm .380 Cal
Many firearm users like leather holsters for their "authenticity", their durability, and their looks. But while leather holsters certainly provide all of these, they have their drawbacks as well. Such holsters "sweat" leading to shrinkage, and they require regular maintenance as well.
Forbus offers a solution to these issues with this holster. Unlike a leather one, it requires no special maintenance. It can be cleaned with simple soap and water. It holds up well when exposed to severe weather elements. And it's easier to draw a firearm from this holster rather than a leather one because this holster has a patented passive retention system.
The only contact that the firearm has with the holster is where the piece's trigger guard touches the holster frame. It should be noted that there have been complaints from users unfamiliar with Forbus products about excessive tightness around the trigger guard, making it difficult to draw the piece initially. However, all Forbus products have similar tightness in this area, which can be reduced with the application of sandpaper and/or oiling upon purchase.
Drawing and reholstering pieces repeatedly after initial purchase is also effective in reducing this stiffness. It should be noted that this product is intended to be a .380 holster, worn with a fairly wide and sturdy belt to support it. While some Bersa users report using this holster model for concealed carry or waistband wear, this should not be done for support and safety reasons.
Fobus actually made a video that shows how to break in your Fobus holster correctly:
OUTBAGS USA OB-02SC Nylon OWB Outside Pants Carry Holster w/ Mag Pouch
Our next competitor for the best Bersa 380 holster is another inexpensive alternative to leather from the manufacturer Outbags. This holster's construct is largely nylon, which gives it a denim-like appearance. The holster has both a belt loop and a steel belt clip. Aside from an adjustable thumb brake, this is a fairly "frills-free" holster. As advertised, it does have a small attached magazine clip.
Its nylon material requires only soap and water cleaning, but this may not be the best holster for severe, all-weather use. The holster is adjustable, and can fit the frames of other basic .380 caliber models, such as a Browning. However, it is unable to accommodate models with attached lasers or tactical lights. The interior of this holster is padded, which helps to preserve finishes.
Best use of this holster is probably at indoor gun ranges, or to store pieces. There have been some complaints from users about rapid deterioration of this holster when exposed to the sun for extended periods. Issues have also been reported about the magazine pouch and belt loops ripping loose with extended use, though both remain serviceable if sewn back on by users.
The holster has been used for concealed carry. However, concealed carry wearers should be aware that this holster is fairly bulky under clothing, and that its nylon construct can snag on some clothing materials. This holster comes in both a left and right handed model.
Galco Waistband/Inside The Pant Holster for Bersa Thunder 380
This holster is offered by gun leather manufacturer Galco, and was specifically designed for Bersa Thunder use. It can be used for other Thunder caliber models such as the .22, but users should be warned that it will not fit other .380 frames, including Bersa ones. While this Bersa 380 holster is designed for the Thunder, users need to be patient, follow directions, and plan to leave their guns untouched in the holster for several days, which allows the holster to stretch to the Thunder's shape.
Maintenance is typical for leather holsters. The design is sturdy and durable, and it holds up well in all types of weather. This holster also suffers the same issues as other leather holsters reviewed here. This holster's clip is made from plastic rather than metal, which some users find aids in ease of putting on/taking off, and adjusting the holster.
This holster is intended for concealed carrying of the Thunder, but it's fairly shallow concealment. The only real complaint about this holster concerns its restraining strap, which some users find quite stiff and difficult to use. This Galco holster comes in both right and left handed models.
Concealed In-The-Pants/Waistband Holster Fits Bersa Thunder 380, Thunder 9, Thunder 45 From Ace Case
This Bersa 380 holster is a popular and inexpensive holster produced by Ace Case that certainly gets the job done as a concealed carry holster. It's not bulky, and its sturdy clip and contoured fit mean that unlike other holsters reviewed here, it won't give you away under clothing.
This holster also has a bit more give to it then some other holsters described here, meaning that it can accommodate more model types. Its nylon and "faux" leather construct also mean that this won't be a "forever" holster.
Buyers should note that some users have complained about the holster's large retaining clip. Some feel that it makes the holster uncomfortable to wear for extended periods, while others have found that inattentive wearing can cause the clip's metal to rip through fabric and even upholstery. This holster offers ambidextrous use.
Barsony Brown Leather Pancake Holster for 380 and Small 9mm 40 45
Barsony's "pancake" style Bersa 380 holster will fit several other ultra-compact makes. However, this holster itself is very compact, so users should be warned that it will not accommodate all other similar models, even Bersas if they happen to have tactical light attachments.
This holster is conveniently light, which makes it a good concealed carry choice. It's suitable and easily accessible for non-concealed carry wear as well. The holster is of a leather and hand stitched construct, and will have the attendant leather maintenance needs.
However, because of the leather's suppleness out of the box, buyers will find that this will not require immediate attention. There have been some user complaints about both the holster's snap and retaining strap not functioning properly. This model is for right-handed use only.
OUR TOP Bersa 380 HOLSTER CHOICE
It should be noted that these Bersa 380 Thunder holster reviews were conducted with the assumption that Bersa 380 Thunders were what potential buyers would be using the holster for. While some of the holsters have more give than others, none of them work particularly well for non-380 models, and even then, users should consider a firearm's frame size before purchase.
It should also be noted that none of these holster types are appropriate for pieces with tactical lighting. Also, stiffness with a new leather holster is a given, and users should note that holstering issues because of this weren't considered as part of these reviews.
Restraining strap and snap problems described here appear to be user issues. But if a strap or snap isn't cooperative for individual users, it's not a safe or effective holster for them, so users with gripping or dexterity issues should take note of complaints here concerning the Barsony and Galco models in particular.
Which Holster Would We Choose?
In terms of price, ease of immediate use, and durability, the winner is the Ace Case holster. Users should keep an eye on its knife-like clip, however.
And in terms of wearing comfort, versatility, and durability, the all-around winner is the Barsony pancake holster. As with all leather holsters, users should accept that it may not be immediately wearable. But for those willing to apply some elbow grease and patience, this is an affordable, well-made, and very wearable holster than can last for decades.
Which HOLSTER OPTION Would YOU Choose?
We assume that if you are reading this article, you are on the market for a new holster for your Bersa 380. So which holster would you pay good money for? Or do you think there is perhaps another holster that is not on our list, which is a better choice? Let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you!