Tisas Fatih B380 F380B 380 ACP

The lowest-graded pistol was also the personal favorite of most of the raters. The Faith is an attractive pistol with good fit and finish and good accuracy. Reliability was marred by a single short cycle. It also fired high, which isn't easy to fix.

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When shooters look for a personal-defense firearm, they are sometimes swayed by reports of what are basically range pistols, those with a light trigger, no safety, and a heavy frame. But a practical personal-defense pistol is easy to carry, might have a heavier trigger than a Bullseye gun, and it might be quickly shoved into the waistband or pocket without tearing fabric or skin. Also, a practical pistol might be carried in the hand as you travel to a vehicle or placed safely at home ready. The handier practical pistol may be more desirable than a big, heavy pistol that homes every round into the X-ring at 25 yards.

Left to right: The Fatih, Bersa, and CZ are a little fat, but fit most hands well. They measured out to be about the same girth. Because they are small pistols, slight differences in grip size are not as noticeable as with larger handguns.

We recently tested a trio of practical medium-sized 380 ACP handguns that offer light recoil, good accuracy, and generous magazine capacity, the last characteristic being an advantage over old-style double-action-first-shot 380 pistols, such as the Walther PPK or SIG P232.

We tested the Tisas Fatih, a straight-up clone of the Beretta 84 Cheetah. The second modern test gun is the Bersa Thunder Plus, a high-capacity version of the long serving Bersa Thunder 380. Because there are not a lot of affordable high-capacity 380 ACP pistols around, we also obtained a used CZ 83 in 380 ACP. The Model 83 has gotten very good grades in the past.

We tested the pistols with five types of 380 ACP ammunition, but we fired the accuracy portion with the hollow points.

All three are simple blowback-action handguns. Each has a double-action first-shot trigger. After the first shot, the slide recoils and cocks the hammer for subsequent single-action shots. Two of the pistols are selective double-action pistols with manual safeties, allowing cocked-and-locked carry, and the other is a decocker-type with a manual safety.

For test ammo, we used Remington and Aguila loads of the 95-grain FMJ type, Fiocchi’s 90-grain XTP, Hornady’s 90-grain XTP, and the SIG 90-grain V-Crown. We fired 45 rounds in each pistol in combat firing off hand. We used the three hollow-point loads in accuracy testing.

Let’s look at the differences in performance.

Gun Tests Grade: B

$434

We have seen these pistols on sale for $385, others at $479. Like the Beretta 84 it’s based on, the pistol uses an open-top slide, a double-action trigger operated by an external drawbar, and a high-capacity 13-round magazine. The pistol is very well finished. The blue finish on steel parts and anodizing on the aluminum frame are well done. There were no internal tool marks. The pistol exhibited a high level of fit and polish. The front sight is part of the slide, and the rear sight rides in a dovetail slot in the slide. The hammer is well designed, and the grip tang eliminates any chance of hammer bite. The sights are small but snag free and precise enough when properly lined up.

ActionSemi-auto, blow back; double action first shot
Overall Length6.88 in.
Overall Height4.83 in.
Maximum Width1.39 in.
Weight Unloaded23.0 oz.
Weight Loaded26.3 oz.
Barrel Length3.83 in.
BarrelSteel
Magazine Capacity13 rounds
SlideSteel
FrameAluminum alloy
Frame Front Strap Height2.0 in.
Frame Back Strap Height2.5 in.
GripsPlastic
Grip Thickness (max)1.26 in.
Grip Circumference (max)5.7 in.
Front SightSingle white dot on fixed post
Rear SightSingle white dot, rear notch
Trigger Pull Weight Double Action9.6 lbs.
Trigger Pull Weight Single Action4.5 lbs.
Trigger Span Single Action2.5 in.
SafetyManual
Telephone(865) 604-6894
Warranty1 year
WebsiteSDSImports.com
Made InTurkey; imported by SDS Imports

The Fatih magazines were easy to load to full capacity. The pistol may be fired double action first shot, and the ambidextrous safety may be applied after firing for use during movement. The pistol may be carried hammer back and safety on. We believe few shooters will adopt this type of carry because of the lack of a redundant grip safety.

The Tisas 380 is a selective-double-action pistol. Note the manual safety is set on Safe; push down to Fire. The safety is handy and easy to use.

Fired offhand, the Fatih provided the best double-action first-shot hit probability. The Fatih’s grips were very well designed compared to the slick grips we have found on Beretta handguns. The balance of adhesion and abrasion helped handling and combat firing. A drawback is that the pistol fired 3 inches high at 10 yards. Just the same, by adjusting the sight picture, we were able to secure X-ring hits with the pistol in single-action combat firing. The Fatih’s white dots on the sights are not a three-dot horizontal pattern, rather, they were a big dot front sight over a small dot rear sight to form an “8.” With practice, you will be able to fire to the point of aim.

Disassembly of the Tisas Fatih is simple. This is a well-finished pistol with no visible tool marks. The Fatih is an attractive handgun. Fit, finish, and performance of the Tisas Fatih are good to excellent. We liked the Tisas Fatih’s grip checkering. While a tad thick, the grips fit the hand well and offered a good gripping surface.

Firing for accuracy, we found the pistol was reasonably accurate. The Fatih exhibited a 2.0-inch 15-yard group with the Hornady FTX. Some groups were as large as 2.8 inches. There was a single malfunction. During the test, the pistol short-cycled with the SIG V-Crown load. This was the last cartridge in the magazine and the round with the least energy tested. Just the same, this points out the need to test your pistol with your preferred carry load.

In common with the Beretta 84 and full-size Beretta pistols, takedown was simple. The pistol magazine is removed, the chamber checked to be certain the pistol isn’t loaded, and the slide locked to the rear. A lever on the side of the frame is turned to allow the slide to be removed. Unlike the fixed-barrel CZ and Bersa pistols, the Fatih pistol features a removable barrel.

Our Team Said: We liked the Fatih the best of the test. Workmanship is solid. Fit and finish are European quality. The pistol is easy to use, and recoil is modest. We rated the Fatih down a half grade on the single malfunction, and we handed out another half-grade demerit because the pistol fired 3 inches high in relation of the point of aim with the conventional aiming point and sight picture. Otherwise, we were enthusiastic concerning this handgun. Although it doesn’t hold as many rounds as the Bersa, the Bersa was supplied with a single magazine while the Fatih was delivered with two.

380 ACP Range Data

Fiocchi XTP 90-grain HP 380XTP25Tisas FaithCZ Model 83Bersa 380 Thunder Plus
Average Velocity933 fps945 fps921 fps
Muzzle Energy174 ft.-lbs.178 ft.-lbs.169 ft.-lbs.
Small Group2.45 in.2.6 in.2.5 in.
Average Group2.9 in.2.95 in.3.0 in.
Hornady Critical Defense 90-grain FTX 90080Tisas FaithCZ Model 83Bersa 380 Thunder Plus
Average Velocity922 fps930 fps927 fps
Energy170 ft.-lbs.173 ft.-lbs.172 ft.-lbs.
Small Group2.0 in.2.4 in.2.5 in.
Average Group2.4 in.2.9 in.2.9 in.
SIG V-Crown 90-grain JHPTisas FaithCZ Model 83Bersa 380 Thunder Plus
Average Velocity899 fps917 fps904 fps
Muzzle Energy161 ft.-lbs.168 ft.-lbs.163 ft.-lbs.
Small Group2.3 in.2.6 in.2.5 in.
Average Group2.7 in.3.1 in.3.0 in.
All groups were fired at 15 yards from a braced benchrest position using an MTM K Zone pistol rest. We used a Competition Electronics Pro Chrony to measure velocity. The first chronograph screen was 10 feet from the muzzles of the firearms.

Value Guide: 380 ACP Semi-Auto Pistols

Gun NameIssueGradeComments
Glock 42 UI4250201 380 ACP, $360Nov. 2020A-Best Buy. The Glock 42 handled well and offered the best accuracy of the test.
Colt Government Model MK IV Series 80 380 ACP, $400Nov. 2020A-Because of the Glock’s availability as a current product, we would pick the Glock before the Colt MK IV.
Ruger LCP II No. 3792 380 ACP, $300Nov. 2020BThe Ruger LCP II is reliable, reasonably accurate for short-range use, and not difficult to control.
NAA Guardian 380 ACP, $350Nov. 2020C-This NAA was well made, and its fit and polish were good. Accuracy was poor even for a pocket pistol.
S&W M&P 380 Shield EZ 180023 380 ACP, $384Aug. 2018AThe Shield is EZ-ily among the most useful and attractive 380 ACP pistols we have tested.
Springfield 911 Bi-Tone PG9109S 380 ACP, $559Aug. 2018AThe Springfield 911 is suited to carrying hammer down instead of cocked and locked.
Walther PPK/S 4796006 380 ACP, $700Aug. 2018CNot reliable with a modern load designed to maximize the cartridge. We would not buy the Walther PPK/S.
Rock Island Armory Baby Rock 51912 380 ACP, $356Aug. 2016ACombat shooting with the Baby Rock gave good results. Accuracy was excellent for a pistol this size.
Ruger LCP 3701 380 ACP, $229Aug. 2016B+We would pay more for the LCP Custom, which has better sights and trigger.
Remington RM380 Micro 96454 380 ACP, $341Aug. 2016B-Heavy stacking of the trigger led to poor accuracy. The RM380’s sight regulation was also badly off.
Ruger LCP-C Custom No. 3740 380 ACP, $419Oct. 2015AThe Ruger’s sights and trigger are great improvements over previous versions of the LCP.
Taurus Curve 180CRVL #1-180031L 380 ACP, $380Oct. 2015CThe bottom line is that a pistol without sights isn’t useful, in our opinion. Pass on the Curve.
Kimber Micro Carry Advocate 380 ACP, $796Sept. 2015AThe Kimber was well finished and demonstrated excellent reliability and accuracy.
Browning Black Label 1911-380 051904492 380 ACP, $620Sept. 2015BThe Browning is a reliable handgun with familiar operation. Less accurate than the smaller Kimber.
Glock 42 380 ACP Subcompact Slimline, $480Nov. 2014BWith a Viridian green laser on it, we’d bump up the Glock 42’s grade to an A- and probably buy it.
Kahr CW 380 No. 3833 380 ACP, $419Nov. 2014BWe didn’t like the Kahr’s sights, the short grip, or the long DAO trigger pull.
Colt Mustang XSP Pocketlite O6790 380 ACP, $649Nov. 2014C+The XSP costs a lot of money, and there are many pistols that work better for less money.
SIG Sauer P238 238-380-NBS12 380 ACP, $710Nov. 2014CIts controls should have produced a 1911-like feel, but the P238’s inconsistent trigger pull affected accuracy.
Ruger LCP-CT 380 ACP, $559Jan. 2014A-Ramp-up time was nil, but firing the LCP-CT pistol without using the laser was a feat.
S&W Bodyguard 380 109380 380 ACP, $419Sept. 2013BThe Bodyguard had the best integrated laser sight of all the models tested, easy to turn on.
Ruger LCP 380 ACP, $379Jul. 2013B+The LCP performed with any ammo we loaded into it. The sights are minimal.

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s too bad that you didn’t test the Browning 1911-380. I have the Black Label Medallion Pro, and I can tell you either the 4¼”, or 3.685″, is easily one of the most accurate, easy to fire, and just all round top of the line 380 I have ever shot.

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