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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!

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In this article:

  1. Beretta 21A Review
  2. Gun Specs
  3. Ease of Use and Performance
  4. Pros and Cons
  5. Beretta 21A Price and Overall Verdict

Beretta 21A Bobcat: The Best Mouse Gun

Beretta 21A Review

The Bobcat is a subcompact pistol ideal for concealed carry. It has been one of the best pocket pistols in the last 30 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.

Gun Specs

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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 Length: 2.4”
  • Overall Length: 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 Beretta 21A magazine shall keep an attacker at bay. You’ll be surprised as much as I am 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.

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Pros and Cons

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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 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.

Inertia Definition: The state in which an object remains at rest or in motion unless an external force will influence a change.

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 mini-mags ammo because the bullet is heavier, thus offering better penetration.

Beretta 21A Price and Overall Verdict

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.

 

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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.

Do you have a favorite mouse gun you think is equal or better than the Beretta 21A Bobcat? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy. 

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6 Comments

  1. Thomas

    January 3, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Reliability is great but the sights are useless it or mine is strictly a point and shoot pistol haven’t had an accurate Baretta since my early 50’s model 25 caliber Barretta it does shoot better if you don’t clean the barrel, I wonder why?

  2. Catawold

    September 2, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    My wife had one of these when I met her and I scoffed at it. But, I’ve learned that it has its place. For all the valid reasons in the article its better to have this than nothing. You can empty the mag into a target pretty quickly and get the hell out of there!
    Because its a blow back and not all .22 LR ammo reliably cycles the mechanism, I did some research and found that CCI/Speer “STINGER” ammo works best. 32 grain, 1640 fps, 191 ft/lbs at the muzzle.
    STINGER ammo provides enough snap that I seldom have a FTE in a box of 50. Not real expensive either.

  3. HOFFHACK

    May 31, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    For about the same money, you can get the Beretta “Tom Cat” .32 and use the Winchester Silver Ammo which hits like a .380! IT IS THE SAME BASIC SIZE GUN AS THE 21A, BUT IN A MUCH MORE SERIOUS CALIBER. IT IS DOUBLE/SINGLE ACTION TOO! IT HAS A LONG DOUBLE ACTION TRIGGER PULL, OR YOU CAN COCK THE HAMMER AND IT BECOMES SINGLE ACTION. I HAVE OWNED ALL THREE, THE 21A IN .22 CALIBER, THE 21A IN .25 CALIBER, AND THE TOM CAT .32 WHICH I STILL OWN AND CARRY IT ON DRESS UP OCCASIONS! THERE IS NO COMPARISON!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/184c7e17fed6db16eccd40957032930bc240d7848385111ce63436c89ffaeb76.jpg
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    A HELL OF A LOT MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!!

  4. John - Atlanta

    May 31, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    > Velocitors CCI ammo because the bullet is heavier thus offers better penetration.

    What proof do you have of that ? Just asking because I have fired many types of .22LR from mine and have seen no real difference in performance with pine 2×12 EXCEPT failure to extract from some ammo (mostly the Aguila target ammo), especially on rapid fire.

    As for accurate, the sights are pretty much on the side of useless, especially in a close combat situation because it is almost impossible to get a sight picture with a quick draw. imho, It is best aimed by using the top of the barrel to aim, like a shotgun/bead. For use in the dark against a dark target at 21 feet, I found it more useful to have a dab of whit eout on the front sight.

    I found it does work best with normal CCI 40 grain copper coated. Though except for the occasional failure to extract, it works equally well with the Federal 40 grain copper coated. I can not remember having any fail to fire with any ammo … though that was years ago when I tested it with all different types. I pretty much stick with the CCI.

    So, how many rounds can you put into a 3″ circle at 10 yards drawing from a holster?

    • HOFFHACK

      May 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM

      Come on John! It’s a “Belly Gun!” And in Northern climates, with heavy clothing, not the best in either .22 or .25! More likely to piss come big guy off!

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