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Old 03-12-2011, 10:38 PM
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Default Ruger LCP or Beretta tomcat?

I'm thinking of getting one of the two, but i'm not totally sure, I'm weighing the differences and the LCP appears to be coming out on top, does anyone have any experiences (both positive, and negative) about the Beretta Tomcat?
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:52 AM
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I love my LCP, but have no experience with the Tomcat. I have two 9F pistols and love them.
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While the tomcat has a tendency to bite bigger handed (& less careful) shooters... between the two, I like the Beretta better, but that's just persnal preference.
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Take a look at the new Ruger LC9 - its already on the roster.
I got a Bersa 380, and I really wonder if the 380 was needed to be designed, (9X17 vs. 9x19 isnt much difference)
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Is the Tomcat a .380, or .22?
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Old 03-13-2011, 6:28 PM
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I've never shot an LCP but I've had a Beretta Tomcat and I would never buy one again. Any gun that I have that malfunctions is not one that I'm willing to carry. The Beretta I had years back had several malfunctions and I lost faith in it pretty quickly. It was ok to plink around with, but with the cost and lack of availability of .32 acp ammo I was glad when I finally sold the gun.

On the positive side, the Tomcat .32 was pretty accurate at close range.

This is just my biased opinion but I wouldn't feel well armed with the Tomcat or the LCP. If I had to choose only between the two I would choose the LCP in .380 but why not move up to a 9mm? They're almost the same size. Think about if two big guys wanted to do you harm, would a .32acp Tomcat really cut it?
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.32 vs .380 I would go with 9mm. I would go for the LC9. Oops! Is that CA legal?
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I love my LCP, but have no experience with the Tomcat. I have two 9F pistols and love them.

The LCP is certainly convenient to carry but IMO it's miserable to shoot since it is so light. 30 rounds through one of these makes your hand feel like it's been whacked like a hammer. The Tomcat doesn't require racking the slide to load which is a virtue for folks that have difficulty racking the stiff slides on current autos.
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Have you checked out the Taurus TCP? You may want to check it out. A lot of people are raving about it and it fits the hand better(for me) has nice finish and seems to be a good gun. One complaint I have heard from several people about the LCP is that it tends to eject the brass back into your face.

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I've got a Jetfire - .25 cal earlier brother of the Tomcat. It sux - sight radius about 3" or less, impossible to shoot accurately. Lots of jam/eject issues. And none on my other guns...

BTW - Tomcats have a problem of cracking unless you get stainless/Inox. And I really wanted to like the one I have...

Is Bersa an option for you? .380 and inexpensive with good track record...
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.32 vs .380 I would go with 9mm. I would go for the LC9. Oops! Is that CA legal?
YES! The LC9 is on the "newly added to the list" sheet, in the last couple of weeks!

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http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/recentlyadded.pdf
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The LCP is certainly convenient to carry but IMO it's miserable to shoot since it is so light. 30 rounds through one of these makes your hand feel like it's been whacked like a hammer. The Tomcat doesn't require racking the slide to load which is a virtue for folks that have difficulty racking the stiff slides on current autos.
I can't imagine any pocket pistol being a dream to shoot....I love my LCP, I have crimson trace guard on it and it obliterates the center of targets without even thinking. Yes it hurts, yes the pull is long, but that's what keeps you from shooting yourself in the foot when retrieving from pocket holster. There are no other safety features of this pistol accept a hell of a long pull.

It is what it is, a ten yard max shooter that you could wear to church, no problem, no questions asked....and any cal gunners in Bay area are more than welcome to shoot mine if they want to give it a go.
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What about the s&w bodyguard? Anyone have experience with that?
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