If you want to use a .22 for self-defense, then carry a Beretta 21A Bobcat. This user-friendly pocket pistol will surprise you with its accuracy and reliability! The Bobcat is a subcompact pistol ideal for concealed carry. It has been one of the best pocket pistols in the last thirty years and continues to be one of the most sought-after handguns for deep concealment–thanks to its snag-free line suitable for all holsters and pockets.
Beretta 21A Bobcat: The Best Mouse Gun
The Beretta 21A Bobcat is a blowback and semi-automatic pistol with a DA/SA trigger mechanism. This stainless steel pocket pistol is comparable to the size of a smartphone and weighs 11.5 ounces only. It is equipped with a frame-mounted manual thumb safety. To better understand what this pistol is made of, below are the specs of the Bobcat:
- Barrel Lenght: 2.4”
- Overall Lenght: 4.9″
- Operation: Blowback, Semi-automatic
- Weight: 11.8-14.5 ounces
- Hammer: External
- Calibers: .22 LR, .25 ACP
- Capacity: 7+1 rounds for .22LR & 8+1 rounds for .25ACP
- Trigger: Double-action/single-action
- Frame: Anodized Aluminum Alloy
- Finish: Black, Inox (Stainless)
- Grips: Checkered Polymer
- Sights: Blade front, notch rear
- Rifling: Right hand with 6 grooves
Ease of Use and Performance
The Beretta 21A Bobcat is very easy to use and accurate, thanks to its design that secures the barrel to the pistol frame. The .22LR has the capability to pierce into the target and penetrate deep enough to hurt any perpetrator, but it doesn’t mean you can bet your life on it. A seven-round magazine shall keep an attacker at bay. You’ll be surprised as much as I’m when shooting this Beretta model pistol within a 10-yard distance; the accuracy is simply exceptional. It’s definitely one of the most reliable small firearms shooters can use.
Pros and Cons
The tip-up barrel is an awesome feature of the Bobcat. The shooter loads and checks the gun without having to work with the slide. This makes it easy for everyone to operate, especially women and the elderly. Cleaning a misfire is much easier and quicker for these Beretta pistols.
The only thing I didn’t like about the Bobcat is that it is quirky when it comes to ammo. You have to make sure the ammo is suitable to your pistol because it is designed without an extractor and solely relies on blowback inertia to take fired cases off from the chamber. If a round fails to fire, you can’t cycle the action to eject it. Rather, you have to tip up the barrel and manually remove the dud from the chamber.
For ammunition, I recommend Velocitors CCI minimags ammo because the bullet is heavier, thus offering better penetration.
Overall Verdict and Price
The Beretta 21A Bobcat may not be particularly exceptional as a defensive weapon but when SHTF, it is better than nothing. It is a very fine alloy frame pistol, just make sure you’re using premium ammunition to avoid misfires. You can get this Bobcat for $270-$355 but there are pre-owned Bobcats you can get for a much lower price.
Watch this video and find out more about the Beretta 21A Bobcat pocket pistol!
The Beretta 21A Bobcat is one of the best mouse guns on the market today. Being a Beretta, we can be sure the quality is there along with its user-friendly design. I often use this pistol as an alternative to my Kel-Tec P-32. It’s surprisingly easy to hit your target with this pistol, and it’s perfect for concealed carry or a backup gun. The Bobcat is so easy to use, accurate, and reliable. It’s built with the finest and toughest steel, so you can be sure it’s corrosion-resistant and durable enough to withstand the test of time. This convenient pocket pistol is available in .22 Long Rifle and .25 ACP cartridge. When it comes to quality, value, and design, it’s by far the best pistol in its class.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.