.32 cal Beretta Tomcat semi auto Pistol 
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Quality pocket pistols. 
The same dedication to advanced design, uncompromising quality and strict quality control that make the 92F, Cougar and Cheetah such international standouts is found in all Beretta small caliber, pocket-size pistols. Simplicity, safety and practical use are their best qualities.

Practical and Simple . 
User-friendly design is common to all Beretta small frames. The exclusive tip-up barrel allows the user to easily load a round directly into the chamber. It also assists in the safe clearing of the pistol by allowing a live round to be easily removed from the chamber and the bore quickly checked. Jamming and stovepiping problems are virtually eliminated by the open slide design shared by all small frame Berettas.

Advanced Materials . 
Keeping an eye on quality helps keep Beretta small caliber semi-automatics out front. Beretta pistols in the 3000 Series utilize the toughest of forgings for their barrels, while slides are fashioned from solid steel bar stock. Frames are machined from solid aluminum forgings. The new Inox versions and the exclusive 3032 Tomcat Titanium utilize the finest materials, difficult to machine but exceptionally corrosion resistant and durable.

 

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1)Barrel. Forged out of special high-strength steel; precisely rifled for accuracy. The Inox and Titanium models feature stainless steel barrels.
2)Slide.
Machined out of high-strength carbon steel and specially heat treated.
3)Sights.
Notched rear sight and blade front sight for fast target acquisition.
4)Safety. Manual, conveniently thumb operated.
5)Contoured Tang. Top of the grip area is precisely curved and relieved to snugly accommodate the shooter’s hand, thus protecting the thumb web from being pinched by the slide and increasing the pistol control upon firing.
6)Frame. Made of a special Titanium alloy, noticeably stronger, lighter and more corrosion resistant than stainless steel. In all other models the frame is made of special aluminum alloy forgings and anodized black or gray.
7)Tip-up Barrel Latch .
8)Trigger Pull. Smooth, crisp pull in double/single action . 
Snag Proof Design. Smooth contours permit quick, smooth draw.

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3032 Tomcat. 
Stopping power, concealability - that’s what the new double-action Tomcat is all about. Using 60-grain .32 ACP hollow-point ammunition, this latest addition to Beretta’s small frame collection provides firepower equaling the punch of a .380. Yet, all this serious capability is packed into a compact, lightweight, 4.9 inch (125 mm), 14.5 ounce (400 gr.) package. A drift-adjustable rear sight provides for superior accuracy. This model is available in a Matte black anti-glare finish or Blued glossy finish. 

3032 Tomcat Inox. 
This new model has a stainless steel slide and barrel. The alloy frame is gray anodized to match the color and finish of the stainless components. The trigger, hammer, safety, magazine and other parts are blued.

3032 Tomcat Titanium . 
Titanium is a remarkable material, considerably lighter and stronger than steel. It is also completely corrosion resistant. The new Beretta 3032 Tomcat Titanium pistol has the frame constructed of this sophisticated material, making it a pistol of unsurpassed strength that weighs a mere 16.9 oz (480 grams) The superior corrosion resistance is guaranteed by the use of stainless steel for the barrel and slide.

 

 

 

Media > Reviews > Source: 2002

 http://www.thearmedcitizen.com/gunpages/tomcat_ga.htm

The BerettaTomcat...A Feisty Fistfull
This Reliable, Well-Made .32 ACP Is Scarcely Larger Than Many .22 or .25 Autos on the Market.

By Garry James

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As the saying goes, “all good things come to he who waits.” While Beretta’s .32 ACP Tomcat has experienced a period of time between its announcement and final delivery, it appears that the gun has more than justified the delay.

 

If you don’t know by now that legal concealed carry is becoming a major factor in the current handgun market, you haven’t been reading Guns & Ammo. A number of small pistols have been introduced to meet this demand. Women, especially, are taking to the more diminutive arms that can readily be carried in a handbag, appropriate garment pocket or fanny pack.

 

For a number of years Beretta has offered a spiffy little auto, the 950, originally chambered in either .22 Short (Minx) or .25 ACP (Jetfire). While neither round was exactly a barn-burner when it comes to stopping power, the gun had a couple of features that made it popular. First, of course, was its size. It was one of the smallest auto pistols on the market. Secondly, the 950 had a handy tip-up barrel which, with the flick of a thumb latch, exposed the breech for loading or unloading. This acted as a safety factor and aided those who had trouble pulling back a slide in order to chamber a round. In 1985 another tip-up-barrel pistol emerged, the double-action Model 21 Bobcat. Similar in size to the 950, this auto was more streamlined and offered in a more effective .22 LR chambering (as well as .25 ACP).

 

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The author found the Beretta Tomcat to be manageable and very reliable. Despite its almost .25 ACP-size, this .32 ACP is comfortable to shoot with one or two hands.

The barrel feature proved so popular that it was used even more recently on the .380 Beretta Model 86 Cheetah. The Cheetah, as might be expected, was somewhat larger than the Model 21 (7.3 inches overall, as compared to 4.9 inches) and was twice as heavy.

 

Obviously what was needed was something in-between. A gun chambering a more powerful round, but maintaining the concealable size of the Model 21. Enter the Model 3032 Tomcat.

 

Measuring but 4.9 inches long, 1.1 inches wide and 3.7 inches high, the Tomcat is exactly the same size as the .22/25 Bobcat, which it strongly resembles. Despite the identical measurements, the Tomcat weighs four ounces more than the Model 21. I surmise this is because of the slightly larger diameter barrel and requisite greater slide mass which would involve a bit more material.

 

The 3032 is comprised of an aluminum frame and steel barrel and slide, as well a other steel internal components and external controls. Speaking of controls, despite the gun’s small size, the safety and magazine release button (located on the bottom left side of the grip) are easily accessible to one with even moderately large hands.

 

Like the 950/21 pocket guns, the Tomcat has a tilting barrel which is released by a forward push on a small lever sited at the midpoint of the left side of the frame. As the gun has no extractor, racking the slide will not eject a chambered round. It is necessary to unload the piece by opening the barrel and manually extracting the cartridge with the fingers, or simply by dumping it out.

The gun’s safety is a small lever on the left rear of the frame just below the slide. It is a traditional mechanism and does not act as a hammer drop. Pushing the lever up keeps the trigger from being pulled and also locks the slide. The Tomcat’s firing pin is inertial, which when used with the hammer lowered and safety engaged, allows the gun to be carried safely with a round chambered.

 

Sights on the Tomcat are pocket pistol basic, involving a fixed blade front and drift-adjustable notch rear, with the former being milled out of the barrel stock and the latter notched into a flat at the rear of the slide.

 

The hammer itself protrudes just enough from the slide to allow a good purchase, though it does not extend beyond the grip beavertail, nor above the top of the slide. This means that it will be relatively snagproof when drawn from pocket or purse.

 

The Tomcat was taken to the Petersen Ranch in Lake Elizabeth, California, along with a selection of ammo that included Winchester 60-grain Silvertips, CCI 71-grain TMJ Blazers and Lapua 75-grain FMJs.

 

For our first five-shot string we stoked the magazine with Silvertips and then tilted the barrel to manually load a round into the chamber. The barrel was snapped shut and the first shot fired double action at a seven-yard “combat range” bull’s-eye target. The premier round struck pretty much to point of aim in the nine ring. Subsequent shots fired in the single-action auto mode clustered right around it giving us a group of 3/4 inch. All types of ammo functioned in the gun perfectly, and there was no dimunition of accuracy with any of the brands. Average groups ran in the 1 1/4-inch range—all pretty much to point of aim. Recoil was not in the least bit sharp, and general handling characteristics were A-1.

 

Rounds were also chambered by pulling back and releasing the slide. Feeding in this manner was quite positive and the slide tension was by no means prohibitive. The recoil mechanism is composed of a pair of vertical coils that impart force to the slide via a duo of flanking bars designed so they engage appropriately shaped notches inside the slide at about midpoint.

As might be inferred from the above, the Model 3032 acquitted itself honorably, and for those who wish to carry a small .32 auto for self protection, would be at the top of the list. The Tomcat should be a howling success.

Origin of this data

This material was originally found on the web at http://www.beretta.com/media_2002/beretta_tomcat_2002.asp and is reproduced here in a larger typeface. The original magazine was Guns&Ammo in 2002 (from whose website the original article has vanished). The original publication was during during 2002, month unknown. No copyright information was found.

 

 

QB

December 28th, 2002, 09:09 PM

I had a Titanium Tomcat for a short time. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the gun however I ended up selling it and my Seecamp (sold all my guns in .32 and .25 caliber). It fit my hand well, functioned 100% with different types of ammo (range and hollowpoint) and seemed to be well made. The manual states that the magazine is different than a normal Tomcat mag (gives you a specific part number) and that the normal Tomcat mag can damage the Titanium Tomcat. I called Beretta to order some extra mags back in October/November and they did not have any. Said to call back the end of December. You may want to check into the availability of magazines for the TI Tomcat. Someone else reported they used a regular tomcat mag and it seemed to function OK but I wasn't willing to risk breaking my gun by using a mag that Beretta specifically stated not to use. I beleive I paid $429 + tax for my TI Tomcat. Don't know what they're going for now but it was extremely difficult to sell/trade. Seems everyone wants a Seecamp or NAA for some reason.