A couple of points...XLR8
: I've had a Bersa Model 383 in .380ACP for 20 years +/-... This pistol is the same as the "Thunder" - just wasn't named as such, though today's version has a "key lock" on the left hand side above the trigger. Mine has never suffered a stovepipe jam or FTF, and has served as a carry gun when something larger wouldn't work. It will digest anything I feed it. I have used it to shoot the heads off of alligator snappers (just heard recently that they're indangered?) in the ponds from 25+ yards, so accuracy has not been an issue. The only thing I didn't like about it (and the same holds true for the all-metal S&W semi-auto pistols) is the magazine safety... Had to have the magazine inserted to make it fire. Well... I've never been afraid of disassembling any firearm, so I took it apart and removed the magazine safety (the same as I have done on my S&W pistols!) For all intents and purposes, it is just a carbon steel Walther PPK in .380ACP. Yes it looks a little different externally, but mechanically is pretty much the same. I have always found it to be a good value if you are looking in the .380ACP line. My carry load/anti-turtle load for the .380ACP is the Federal Hydroshok 85g round... Good energy for that round, and good expansion of the bullet.
This is the Model 383, though mine is in satin nickel:
This is today's Thunder .380:macville
: Check out the Kahr line of 9mm's... The K9 model is basically like an all-metal Glock. 7+1 rounds, rated at +P. This is what replaced the above mentioned .380 that my wife was carrying. The grip size was exactly the same as the Bersa and, while the trigger is considered "long" by some, it doesn't stack up on you... Just a long pull. We get 1 hole groups with our K9 at 15 yards - so 25-30 yards shouldn't be a problem. You can find out more at: http://www.kahr.com/PA-1_9mm.html
Hope this helps!