The Bobcat Model 21 is Beretta's older pocket pistol. The gun is almost exactly the same as the Tomcat in form and function with the significant difference being in that it is chambered for either the .22LR or .25 Auto. This review set is for the .22LR version of the pistol.
The Beretta's Bobcat functions as a double-action-only gun which is streamlined to provide a snag-free presentation on the target when drawn from the pocket. The gun weighs in at just 11.5 ounces and is less than 5” in overall length. Regardless of its small size, the gun is known to handle well as Beretta engineers have done a good job in matching both the frame and barrel to the specified cartridges. This pocket pistol is known to provide good accuracy at close range and its reliability is above average as well.
All Bobcat pistols feature a tip-up barrel which allows the gun to be both loaded and cleared without any attention given to the slide. This is a major advantage to some shooters who tend to prefer revolvers for the simple fact that racking a slide proves difficult for them. The Bobcat pocket pistol features internal safety systems as well as an external thumb safety.
The Model 21 Bobcat comes in two finishes. The most common setup is a black steel slide matched to a black anodized aluminum frame. A second “Inox” version trims the slide in bright stainless steel complementing a bright aluminum frame.
Below you'll find all available reviews for the Beretta Bobcat pocket pistol in .22 Long Rifle. Please write a review of your own if you've had the chance to use this gun in the past so your experience can benefit others in the worldwide shooting community. The .25 Auto Bobcat has its own review set so please be sure to submit your review in the proper place.
Bought my Bobcat 21 new,in 2004.Suffered all kinds of jamming with bulk ammo.After trying CCI Stingers ,no more jams occured,none. Than tried federal Bulk Ammo. No jams,but will only use CCI for defensive carry.Have a Ruger 10/22 rifle.Bought a box of Remington Bulk ammo,only time rifle had cycling problems.Was taking the Bobcat to the range.Decided to take the Remington bulk,jamming and all,just to get rid of it.Suprise!Not one jam or misfire in the Bobcat.(Remington bullets, 22lr stand shorter than CCI 22lr.)The Bobcat is one of three carry guns I rotate.What I have learned:always clean once a month,the gun you carry,even if you don't fire it.The lint and dust are enought to cause a malfunction in any gun.Since doing this,the guns always goes,bang.The Bobcat 21 is an awesome firearm! Read More
As an owner of a Beretta 92FS, I am familiar with Beretta's quality. So, I recently bought a used Bobcat and shot it at the local gun range using bulk 22 ammo. The gun jammed on the first shot! Then I learned from forums like this that this little gun does not function well with "Walmart bulk ammo". I will be trying again soon with CCI Stingers and Mini-Mags and report back with my results. I'm confident that the issue with the Bobcat is ammo related and not a design problem. Read More
I have found in shooting the .cal. .22 the biggest hangups will be in the choice of ammunition. I experimented with six of the most poplar brands and found that ony one consistently delivered what I expected. For a comparison I shoot my cal. .32 Berrete and experienced no problems at all. The most common problem I have with my .22 is that does not not seem to be enough power when the primer and casing are fired, causing the empty casing to get stuck half way in the chamber and half way sticking out. I have tried about a dozen different brands and all produce the the same problem. As many and as long this particular weapon has been produced, I find it hard to imagine that Berretta is not aware of the problem and cannot recommend a solution. Read More
You just have to use a very high velocity .22 bullet. That's all. I have owned and shot my bobcat for 20 some years. If you use CCI Stingers (my gun) you will never have any problems. They do not exist. Oh, keep it clean and all that but give the blowback design power, and you will not be dissapointed; ever. BTW, a 22 going 1600 or even 1700 something feet per second is very powerfull. Manson family members used a .22, so was the bullet that killed Robert F. Kennedy. These bullets were old fashioned. Today's bullets go way faster. Fast is not everything, but the momentum is there and so is the penetration. You are not under-powered carrying a small .22 comfortably in your pocket. You have it all right there. Keep it clean, use fast bullets. You are well protected. Read More
Bought the Bobcat new three weeks ago in 22 cal to carry as my concealed piece. I've fired approx 100 rounds through it and has not yet, even once, made it through a full clip w/o a jam. Jams every time. Better w some ammo than with others, but regardless, a gun this finicky is not suitable for its single intended purpose ---Concealed personal defense. I can't even imagine anyone really relying upon this pistol for self defense. Baretta needs to improve on this design significantly or drop it from their line. It has already been back twice to the gun dealer (Baretta Rep) and no significant improvement can be detected. I managed to talk a gun show patron last week in tulsa out of buying this pistol (He was just in the final seconds of making his deal). I sure wish someone had done that for me. Brass hangs in slide. Slide rises out of track. Thumb safety is VERY hard to actuate. Jams are hard to clear. Spent shell sometimes stays in chamber. Tipping up of barrel for first round also assumes a handy loose cartridge providentially emerging clean and dry from the pocket lint and finding its way into the chamber followed by barrel back down, locked in place, all at the proper instant. I have also had it "click" on perfectly good rounds w/o firing. Removed the "dented" round, put it in my Ruger Or my Henry Lever action rifle and it fired just fine. The gun is as cute as a Chocolate Lab Puppy, but not nearly as lovable or anxious to please its owner. Read More
I forgot to mention it is very accurate for such a small firearm. Coincindentally the ammo that works best stingers are also the least accurate, but the weapon works flawlessly. The mini mags work just as well, and I found to be more accurate though with a slightly lower velocity. Standard bulk ammo is the most accurate, but absolutely unreliable. Too many feed problems,jams and misfires. Just not enough power to cycle properly. Also worthy of note if you experience a misfire which is fairly common with .22 ammo flip the barrel up and put a new round in rather than pulling back the slide the clear and reload. This weapon almost always has problems cycling this way no matter the ammo. Read More
I found the gun's reliabiliy issues stem from what type of ammunition was used. Stinger and mini mags are the best and with those I've had no problems with the weapon. Any sort of non jacketed bulk ammo causes problems. When it jams which for me has been rarely it is a real problem to correct quickly, and I feel the misfires are due to the quality of the ammo. I also used Remington Yellow Jacket HP in which I do not recommend. The weapon does not like this ammo and has feed/jam problems due to the shape of the nose of the bullet. Don't use this ammo in this gun! I find that the weapon itself is of good quality and price it is a very nice firearm, but God forbid if it jams when you need it most there is no quick correctibility. You'll have to throw it at you're assailant. Read More
I am a fairly strong person, but I find it impossible to pull back the slide. The top of the trigger has sharp points on it and pinches my finger against the frame. The bottom of the trigger also has sharp corners and irritates my finger. The barrel release takes two thumbs to open the barrel. I see videos where people are easily manipulating their Bobcat and are not having the problems listed above. I just purchased this product yesterday (7/14/12) and I am not very happy. Read More
Use CCI Stingers in all of your 22 semi's, you won't be disappointed. My experience with the Beretta Jetfire (pre Bobcat/same gun) was that the regular 22lr's jam on a regular basis. So annoying..... Read More
Every review prior to this one (ok maybe one exception) is written by a person that should not have a firearm and should not be posting reviews. That's the nicest thing I can say other than calling them idiots. If you understand just a little about semi-automatic handguns you will know the Bobcat is a fine little pistol. Read More
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