Beretta 3032 Tomcat

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Beretta 3032 Tomcat
Alleycat.jpg
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Italy
Production history
Designer Beretta
Manufacturer Beretta
Produced 1996 – present[1]
Specifications
Weight 410 g (14 oz)
Length 125 mm (4.9 in)
Barrel length 61 mm (2.4 in)

Cartridge .32 ACP
Feed system 7 round detachable box magazine

The Beretta 3032 Tomcat and Beretta 3032 Tomcat Inox are semi-automatic pocket pistols designed and manufactured by Beretta. They are chambered in .32 ACP (aka 7.65 mm Browning) and are small pistols, designed for concealed-carry and use as backup weapons. The Beretta 3032 Tomcat builds on a long line of small and compact pocket pistols for self defense manufactured by Beretta.[2]

Specifications[edit]

The Beretta 3032 Tomcat is a simple blowback pistol with a single- and double-action trigger mechanism.[3] It also features a tip-up barrel.[3] It is fitted with a frame-mounted thumb safety. This safety acts as a slide stop when engaged. The frame is made out of aluminium alloy, the slide and barrel are either carbon or stainless steel.

The document included with new Tomcat 3032 pistols warns that the owner should never use +P (high-pressure) ammunition that exceeds 130 ft·lbf (176 J) muzzle energy.[4]

Beretta 3032 tip-up barrel.

Variants[edit]

It is available in an "Inox" variant, with stainless steel barrel and slide and the frame anodized to look the same.[5] For a short time a titanium model was also available.[3] There was also a Tomcat Tritium version with tritium night sights called the "Alley Cat".[5]

Early versions of the gun were subject to frame cracking in the slide just above the trigger area. Beretta implemented a modification to thicken the metal in slide area of the gun designating these as Wide-Slide models. More information is needed to clearly identify Original vs Wide-Slide models once they are removed from their factory package.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Model 3032 Tomcat Historical Information". Beretta USA. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  2. ^ 3032 Tomcat at Beretta International
  3. ^ a b c Ian Hogg (2004). Pistols of the World. Krause. p. 40. ISBN 0873494601. 
  4. ^ "Model 3032 Tomcat ammunition" at Beretta USA.". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  5. ^ a b Massad Ayoob (2005). Gun Digest Book Of Beretta Pistols. p. 161. ISBN 0873499980. 

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