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Beretta 21A Bobcat | Gun Carrier Handgun Review



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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The Best Mouse Gun: Beretta 21A Bobcat

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

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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

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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 by sootch00 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.

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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  1. Hayden

    January 30, 2021 at 6:21 PM

    @Sir Matthew Moore
    You mentioned you had the beretta in .22 short. If I read your post correctly, if it does fire .22 short, that would be a Beretta Jetfire. If you have a Beretta Bobcat 21a, I was able to purchase extra magazines through the Beretta website. Hope this helps.

  2. Lydia

    January 23, 2021 at 4:26 PM

    Stop bothering me with damn emails

  3. Sir Matthew Moore

    January 17, 2021 at 7:52 PM

    @Jay21 post 13Jan21
    I too own the Italian .22 short from Italy. While I have found some great CCI .22s for it, I cannot, for the life of me, find any mags to replace the factory one. Can you point us in the proper direction?

  4. Keith/Doc

    January 13, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    I have a similar action Ruger.22 but I definitely prefer my Kimber 9 mm Crimson Trace micro. Just a little larger & heavier with an easy slide that even my older, arthritic hands can handle…

  5. BC

    January 13, 2021 at 6:38 PM

    I’ll stick with my .32 ACP Tomcat inox that has Crimson Trace laser grips.

  6. Jerry

    January 13, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    I have a Beretta 71 with the fake suppressor removed. It is an excellent CCW.

  7. jay

    January 13, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    I love the bobcat i have a beretta that shoots only shorts from Naples Italy i will buy a bobcat when i find where i can obtain one

  8. Jon Lemeshka

    January 13, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    950s 25acp , nine rounds

  9. David T

    January 13, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    Where can I find used Bobcat’s for sale?

  10. Mel Skaggs

    January 13, 2021 at 1:48 PM

    don`t think .22 is legal CCW carry some places

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