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The Beretta Tomcat: A .32 ACP Pocket Pistol

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Beretta introduced its Tomcat in 1996, and the tiny pistol chambered in .32 ACP continues to be an option for concealed carry and backup use. The handgun is a little different than most other semi-automatics, though. Most notably the barrel rotates up to insert a cartridge, a pleasant advantage for anyone who struggles racking slides and doesn’t prefer revolvers.

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Today there are three different versions of the 3032 Tomcat available. All are chambered in .32 ACP, run single action/double action, have a magazine capacity of seven cartridges—single stack—and its release is near the bottom of the left grip panel. The hammer is external and a manual safety is also located on the left side of the guns. Slides and barrels are steel on the blowback-operated pistols and frames are weight-saving aluminum. The lever to unlock the barrel for rotation is also located on the left side of the firearm, where most semi-autos have their slide stop.

The stainless 3032 Tomcat Inox model comes with a 2.4″ barrel, measures 4.92″ in length and weighs only 14.5 ozs. unloaded. It’s wears black grips and is the bargain in the line, coming in with an MSRP of $529.

In 2020, the company rolled out a pair of new versions, both with threaded barrels that measure 2.9″ in length. The 303 Tomcat Covert wears wood grips and blued metalwork. It’s a classic look that has a price tag of $599. It’s also available with the shorter, unthreaded barrel for the same price. In its longer, muzzle-device-ready configuration it measures 5.42″ long and still manages to only tip the scales at 1.45 ozs.

The other new model, the Tomcat FDC, has a businesslike flat dark earth finish. Its physical specifications are identical to the Cover, but MSRP increases slightly to $619.

Article by GUY J. SAGI

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