The Beretta Tomcat is the newest design in a long series of single action/double action blowback pocket pistols developed by Beretta. Two variants are currently made. The most common is is all-black comprised of a darkened carbon steel slide and a black anodized frame. The second "Inox" version matches a stainless steel slide to a silver anodized frame.
The gun is extremely small, weighing in at only 14 oz. (410 grams) making it easy to conceal and carry. The pistol also features a tip-up barrel that makes it possible for the gun to be loaded without operating the slide. This featured has made the Tomcat a favorite of small frame women shooters who find it difficult to wrack the slide back on larger pistols. The fact that the pistol can be easily carried without a complete overhaul of the traditional female wardrobe is not overlooked by its many fans either.
One of the drawbacks inherent to most pocket pistols is the lack of power associated with the platform. The Beretta 3032 Tomcat takes the high road on this and is chambered for the .32 ACP. This round is known to be a bit more powerful and offer slightly more penetration on average than the also-popular .380.
As with all guns, this one does have some limits though. The current trend toward purchasing "hot" +P ammunition is not a good idea when applied to the Tomcat as a number of cases of the frame cracking under undue stress have been reported.
Features of the 3032 Tomcat include a frame-mounted, thumb activated safety, a 7-round capacity magazine, and a single action/double action trigger mechanism. The Tomcat is often not considered a "true" one-handed pistol due to the fact that it is difficult to manipulate the heel-mounted magazine release with one hand.
Reviews of the Beretta Tomcat pocket pistol can be found below. Newer reviews of this gun can be found further down the page. Please write a review of your own if you've had a chance to use this pistol in the past and can shed some first-hand insight on the good and the bad that comes with owning one.
I have owned my 3032 TomCat for over a year. It is accurate, gives enough kick but not too much. It is compat and easily hidden. But it jams every twenty rounds or so using the Magazine that came with the new weapon. I have tried hollowpoint ammo and that is the worst. Now using FMJ rounded tip and still the frequency is bad. A screw has come out of the grip after only 150 rounds. Last week the safety broke and is locked in the "off" position. I have shot no more than 200 rounds through the weapon with these problems. I have zero confidence in the weapon due to jamming and the safety is now useless. To mail it off for inspection and repairs will cost way too much money. Tomorrow I will call HQ customer service in Maryland and see what they can do for me. Two Baretta dealers have told me the gun has been aproblem for Baretta since day one, and that I should return the gun to Baretta and ask for a replacement or for a credit for a new Baretta weapon. Read More
When I read reviews it always amazes me why people will get rid of a gun, when an easy fix can correct the problem. I've owned a Beretta 3032 for years and i never leave home without it. Sure there have been a few problems at first, but they were easily fixed, and you don't have to be a gunsmith. Many people complain about Stove Pipes or Jams. Sometimes this will occure if not broken in properly or the use of European 32acp Ammo. But for the most part, all that is required is a replacement Magazine. I had occasional stove pipes (failure to eject and feed),in 2 our of 4 Factory Magazines. Hummm, I ordered two of the Promag Magazines, one 7round, one 10 round. No more stove pipes, even with Hollow Points. Mags are the biggest cause of Jams. As for the Cracked Frames, I've put over a 1,000 rounds thru mine and no problem. Of course I stick with the Factory Spec's. Keep the Ammo at or under 133 lbs of Energy. As far as it being too big or bulky, Not even. It's a perfect fit in my back pocket, fast and easy to get to and no outline. I've had dozens of pocket pistols and the little 3032 Beretta recoil is a pussy cat and easy to control. I have big hands and it has never bitten me. To me, it is the pefect pocket pistol. Read More
I have had a Tomcat .32 for over 10 years. I take it out and put a box of ammo through it about once per year. I have never had a problem with its performance. Never a jam. Never an FTE. It's quite accurate for a pocket gun, and it has enough weight to feel like a real gun in your hand, rather than a toy. Also, it has an exposed hammer, SA/DA action, and a safety lever for old-school types who want more control over the operation of the gun than they can get from the DAO pocket guns. Drawbacks: This gun kicks harder than you'd expect for a .32, despite the solid feel of the gun. Compared to a Kel-Tec or similar polymer guns, the Tomcat feels pretty heavy in your pocket. For that amount of weight in your pocket, you could have a 9mm now (LC9, PF-9, Nano, etc.). The 14-18 oz. pocket 9's were not available when I purchased the Tomcat. I can only imagine how those kick, because I haven't tried one yet. Because of the weight to power ratio, I'm thinking of switching to a 9mm DAO pocket gun. But the Tomcat is a very compatible gun for a lot of people who want a reliable pocket pistol with the features not found on the new polymer DAO's. Read More
I took my tomcat out today and had three stove pipes and two failure to feeds and one failure to eject. That's with two different mags and fore different kinds of ammo. I also tried gold dot spears it seams to make no difference. I've also had several occasions win I took the tomcat out of my uncle mikes pocket holster the mag release had bin pushed wile in the holster and the mag fell out! Any way otherwise I thank it is a nice well made pocket poper. I just wish it was one I culd depend on. I carry a ruger lcp380,kahr cw40,kahr pm40,kahr mk40,desert eagle micro 380 and a XDM 45. But the tomcat stays at home. Read More
I got a tomcat in trade and let's just say I'm not impressed! I've had eaight stove pipes and three failure to feeds out of 150 rounds. I bought a kahr mk40 and love it!! Read More
I bought the Tomcat for my wife about 2 years ago, as she lost the use of the .38 snubnose revolver that she formerly used for conceal protection. My wife is very small with small hands, and found it very difficult to use as double action pistol, due to strong trigger pull. I had my Gunsmith massage/ polish all moving parts to lighten pull, and it helped, but she still has issues with gun.She can't rack it, which is not a big issue, due to the cool tip out barrel, but the recoil is a bit much, even though only a .32, due to 14oz light weight. Also a huge issue with this gun, particularly with people with BIG hands, is the danger of being cut badly as the slide kicks back. This happened to me once, and to my gunsmith, who needed stitches!! Seriously, watch your hand near thumb base doen't get in the way of this or you will NOT forget it. It requires one to grip very firmly, and low to prevent being smacked. It just barely hit my wife once as well, and she has very small hands.The slide has the two very sharp ends on either side! Other than the blood- tales, this is a fun little gun to shoot, and easy to conceal, however I am looking for a .38 or .357mag in the Luger LCR, or a .38 snubnose revolver like she used to have and love, because when Mommas unhappy, wer'e all unhappy!! Read More
I thought stovepipes were virtually unheard of on this pistol, according to Berreta, even with different ammo, 71gr. I get 1 every 30 rounds. very disapointed so far but i'll keep trying different ammo, got a few left to try. Read More
Bought mine in 2004 for concealed carry. I shoot about 50 practice rounds every 6-8 months. In 2011 during its yearly shoot, the pistol started to shoot a little left then 2" left. The barrel realease lever broke out of the frame. Not enough to release the barrel but enough to change the impact point. The factory said this was a fairly common event. I sent it back to the factory via St Louis and a few months later they sent me a new one and charged my credit card $162 for shipping and inspection to honor the warrantee. It was their design problem but I was compelled to pay for it. I thought that Beretta was better than that, guess not. No more Berettas for me or my friends. Read More
I have the Tomcat and have used it on the range a few times at 20 feet. Easy to shoot. Use it for carry sometimes, depending on my dress and locations visited.. Easy to carry in pocket holster or belt holster. I prefer the belt holster over the pocket holster because access is easier with the former. Read More
Once we get past the "I don't want any gun smaller than a .40 S&W for concealed carry" -which is actually an indictment of a CALIBER/ROUND rather than a fair evaluation of a GUN...then we're looking a great little package. The Tomcat is small but not "too small". That is, it's big enough to allow a quick grab and consistent presentation in a stressful situation. The trigger guard allows most anyone to get his fat trigger finger onto the trigger...although the short grip may mean that he might have a tight fit for even only two fingers on the grip and one under the magazine. In comparison, although a Ruger LCP (in .380) is smaller and flatter, it's almost TOO small to easily get a good grip on pull from a pocket or holster. Like most automatics, the Tomcat can be ammo picky. I tried 13 different rounds from 9 manufacturers and found 3 loads that shoot both reliably and close to point of aim. 3 other loads were prone to FTE. 1 shot to point of aim but unreliably. The other 6 shot reliably but not to point of aim. I own one each of them both in the "Inox" version and the standard blue. Both guns have over 500 round through them. I can detect no problem areas as far as structural failure/damage. Again, like most autos, they need a 'break in' period to settle down. Read More
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