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.
Hi, Here's a personal opinion: I've owned a Baretta 21A Bobcat INOX (.22 cal LR) for about a year. I bought it for specific reasons: extremely small size, light weight, reliable manufacturer, high quality, and it does not have to be racked to put a round in the chamber for firing. This latter feature is essential because I bought the gun for my petite wife who has a weak wrist and has had difficulty in racking semi-automatics and a fear of firing them, regardless of what the guys in the gun stores and the blogs have claimed about semi's. This model Baretta has a tip-up (ie on the loading-end of the)barrel. You slide the 7-round magazine up in to the handle, flip open the T/U barrel, insert a round into the chamber, and you're ready to go for 8 rounds - without racking, a great advantage for folks or women who struggle with racking. Alternatively, you can just pop in the magazine, rack it and you're good to go for 7 (not 8) rounds. This model is extremely reliable, PROVIDED you understand a bit about it's design. It does not have a mechanical ejector; instead it has a blow-back design , which uses some of the energy of the ejected round to slam back the slide after firing and then eject the round. For highly-reliable and jam-free operation, blow back designs require a narrow range of permissible energies for the blowback ejection to reliably function, and only specific type of ammunition types fit the bill. I personally use CCI Mini-Mags and CCI Stingers; after 1000+ rounds, I have never had a mis-fire. I bought the 21A INOX (stanless steel version) because of reports that the standard blued steel version had issues with cracked frames. The Stinger round is a high-powered one (1750 fps)and I've never had cracked frame issues even with that type of ammo on my 21A INOX. Additionally, the .22 cal HP Stinger round delivers the same energy to target as a .380 round, a very nice factoid for those doubting the use of a .22 cal handgun for concealed self-defense or those considering the use of a small caliber handgun by their loved ones. Overall, a very fine and reliable weapon that is highly accurate, has the kick of a pellet gun, and yet will put down an assailant in short order. Read More
I do not own a Bobcat yet but I do own and ALWAYS carry my little Beretta Tomcat 32. I cannot speak for all women, however after having shot and carried a variety of guns, I choose the Tomcat hands down as my carry piece. I have arthritis which greatly limits my ability to shoot the heavier type guns these days (though I used to love to shoot the HK P200SK). Tex, I bet your wife would love the little Tomcat 32 too. Not only is it simple to operate and easy to handle with no recoil at all; it's almost weightless. It's really cute too and can be carried almost anytime. As for ammo, mine seems to prefer PRVI PARTIZAN FMJ 71gr. I have fired around 300 rounds through her in the past couple years and she has only had one misfire and that was when I tried some Winchester that a friend gave me. I guess she is like me, she knows what she likes to eat and what she doesn't. I plan to pick up a little Bobcat 22 soon just to practice with. Got to stay in shape for the evil doers you know and .22 ammo is way cheaper than .32 ammo. Read More
I think you guys may have got ahold of some lemons. I have had mine for three years now and have a little over 300 rounds through it. Flawless with CCI stingers or mini mags, Occasional jams with bulk ammo. So I don't have a long track record with it, hopefully I don't run into the same problem as you guys did I have read many account of people putting thousands of rounds through these guns with no problems, assuming they are true who knows. Well I guess I will get out and shoot mine some more and see what happens. Read More
I have a Beretta .22 Model 21 Bobcat and have been very disappointed in the reliability. I had it sent in for warranty work shortly after purchasing it and it was returned with the information that they had fired 50 rounds through it with no malfunctions. This has not been my experience. I have fired hundreds of rounds through it and it consistently misfeeds, fails to eject properly, and somtimes fails to fire. I would love to get a Px4 Storm subcompact, but am reluctant to do so based upon my only expereince with a Beretta firearm. I originally purchased the Bobcat because of the Beretta reputation, but this weapon has not lived up to that reputation. Read More
I have not shot a pistol or rifle since being in the service 45 years ago and today I took my brand new virgin Beretta Beretta Model 21 Bobcat .22LR Pistol to the local indoor pistol range which I had all to myself. I had clad ammo so I was forced to buy CCI Lead Round Nose Ammo which I used. I fired a total of 98 rounds overall I would say the gun was very reliable although 3 times when I fired a single round without a clip in the gun it hung up brass between the slide and the barrel and failed to properly eject. I fired over a dozen 7 round clips starting with a round in the chamber and the gun functioned perfectly. My accuracy is another matter my shooting was very inaccurate from 50 feet and my only real complaint about this gun is the force necessary to pull the trigger even when cocked the trigger pull force seemed excessive. Hopefully as the gun breaks in the trigger will pull easier. I think that it would be hard to find a better pocket pistol in the $300-$400 than this little Baretta its certainly small enough to be easily concealed and carried and although its not a large caliber gun I would not want to be shot by it that's for sure. Read More
First, I don't own the Bobcat. I do own a Tomcat (.32 Auto) and have for about 7 years. I have used it as a conceal/carry and HAD no problems until recently. (If you read my similar post on another site, I apologize.) Mr. Miles (the commentor above) seems to know his stuff. But, I had a similar problem with the Tomcat only with use of different ammunition. No problems with the Car-Bon JHP or Winchester 71 gr. FMJ ROUND NOSE. I've put a few hundred rounds through the gun with no jams. I put in some Winchester BLUNT NOSE FMJ (the box is not marked any differently than the round nose and Winchester's website doesn't even show that they make the Blunt Nose .32 Auto) and got four jams in about 15 20 shots from a magazine. My only problems have been with the ammunition. BUT, with that bad ammunition, I did get a bad jump of the slide on the frame, which I think is what Mr. Miles experienced. The tip-up barrel remained locked to the frame; but, the slide was jammed up near the muzzle. It was a bad jam not easily remedied under pressure. I still love the streamlined form of the gun. Feels very solid. The grips seems to come a little loose from the frame regularly. That promotes a shifting feeling in the palm while firing. Not good, especially with the short barrel. I have never been bitten by the slide. But, I've got a thick hand and rue the day when that happens. I'm looking for a little .22lr for my wife to get comfortable with the using a handgun. Given the cost of ammunition for the .32, it will be cheaper to buy the .22 (or close enough 😉 ) to justify the new purchase. Read More
I have owned a "Beretta" Bobcat, model 21A, for about 23 years now. I received it as a gift, & at the time, carried it for concealed protection, in my line of work. It was very easy to carry almost anywhere, due to the small size, & very light weight. However, after years of carrying this gun, (with occasional cleaning), I decided to get reaquainted with firing the gun, since I hadn't shot it in many years., After the 1st shot, the gun jammed, & after reloading the clip, as I attempted to fire the weapon, it misfired to my left side, about two feet up, to the right, over my shoulder. I checked the gun over, reloaded it, & it misfired again. I took the gun to a friend if mine, who is very familiar with small handguns, & he tried to fire the weapon, with the sane results. I asked around, &was told that such an occasional misfire is not uncommon, for a semi-automatic, but the consecutive misfiring was due to more than a fluke. I'd also had problems when going through a regular cleaning of the pistol. For some reason, the slide would become loose, and slide up towards the top, out of alignment, & didn't feel firmly in place after replacing it to the proper position. I'd never field stripped the gun, & saw how dangerous this gun could potentially be. I called "Beretta's" local authorized dealer, & sent the gun in for a thorough once-over. They didn't explain finding any significant issue that would account for the problem, but went through it, replaced a few parts, (which considering I hadn't put more than 50 rounds through the gun, in the 20+ years I'd owned it), I considered odd, but they claimed to have shot an extensive amount of rounds through it, without incident. I'm writing this review as a cautionary warning, for other gun owners that are relying on a weapon for self & family defense, as I had, carrying the gun in my vehicle & on my person, when I felt as though I might have need for it, only to find that I might have only succeeded in blowing my own ear off, rather than defending my family. I now fire all of the weapons I carry on a regular basis, check the assembly, & feel lucky that I learned about what might have become a horrible tragidy on my part, before I needed to ever use this gun. Read More
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