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Old 02-11-2011, 2:55 PM
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Default Beretta Bobcat .22 price?

What do you guys think about the bobcat? I found this little pocket gut in a consignment case for $260 has original box and papers and extra mag shop said it mabey has 100 rds thru it let me know what u think
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Old 02-11-2011, 3:44 PM
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I'll take it.
If its in SoCal and you won't take it, let me know since I've been looking for one.
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Old 02-11-2011, 3:57 PM
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Good price. They are not on the approved list so they are hard to find. Mine is a little finicky about ammo. It likes the Winchester Super X22LR, but seems to shoot the Wal Mart Federal 550 bulk ammo with no problems. Be sure to keep the chamber clean to keep it ejecting cleanly since it's a "blowback" design. No extractor claw. I also found that after I load the magazine, I will "tap" the mag to seat the rounds to the rear and it slightly lifts the nose of the top round up so it will feed better after the first "single loaded" round in the tilt up barrel. They are VERY LOUD so wear good ear protection. Go for it. HTH c good
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Old 02-11-2011, 3:59 PM
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Excellent price, if you pass on it let me know.
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Old 02-11-2011, 4:27 PM
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I've had it and the .25acp. I finally gave up on them due to reliability problems. I see them here and there $200-250. Below is a better price. Over that and you may be paying too much. I have better luck with the single action 950bs types in .22short and .25acp. I have 4.
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Old 02-11-2011, 9:56 PM
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Bought one 10years ago for $200 and its still shooting good.
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Old 02-12-2011, 2:27 AM
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I've had one for 25 years now, and its fun and reliable. I don't ccw with it anymore though; my three ccw slots are full :/
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I've got a 21A Bobcat, and I don't care that much for it. It's not accurate enough to be a fun plinker, and not reliable or powerful enough for a pocket gun. It was fun at first, but mostly likes premium ammo, and has turned into a bit of a safe queen. A 10/22 or MkII/MkIII would be far more fun and much more rewarding as a plinker.

Here's my old range report on it:


I have a Bobcat, and there are lots of mixed reports on reliability - some people can't make them work for beans, and others have good luck with them. Here's the scoop on mine, FWIW.

There's no extractor, so duds and failures to extract will leave you out of commission for a while. Some folks have made little ejector rods to slip under a notch they've cut in the grips so they can push unejected or dud rounds out quickly.

Mine works best with CCI Minimags and nearly as well with CCI Stingers. I get roughly 1 failure per 100 rounds with Minimags and 2 per 100 with Stingers - typically what I call a horizontal stovepipe, where the ejected brass is caught horizontally between the slide and the barrel. These are pretty easy to clear, and most of the other jams aren't.

Stingers have a big, bright flash (woohoo!), while Minimags are much more subdued. Groups range between 4-6" at 10 yards, and the Stinger groups are slightly smaller than Minimags. I can get them down to about 3" from a rest.

The sights are nearly non-existent, and to get these 4-6" groups, I need to have my strong glasses on so I can see the tiny front blade, which makes the target a total fuzzball.

When I shoot other ammo, either standard velocity or weaker hi-velocity ammo like Federal Champion Hi Velocity or Zappers, I get a ton of jams, usually 3-4 per magazine. Horizontal stovepipes, regular stovepipes, jamming into the chamber, failure to extract, and partial extraction are typical. I've had a few double-strikes required on Zappers, which is unusual.

This is one of the benefits of the centerfire versions - they're much more reliable. I got mine as a plinker, and it's been good for that, but I'm working on some form of front sight improvement. The place I got it had a .32 as well, but they're too expensive for plinking.

Also, the mag release button is in a funny spot, in the side of the grip, and when I've been practicing a lot with more traditional guns (which is most of the time), it's not very quick or intuitive to get to.

Lots of people say they're better if you keep them spotlessly clean, but mine has the same reliability whether it's just been cleaned or has had lots of rounds through it. I'm at about 500 rounds without cleaning now, and it's still running as I described above.

All in all, I've been pretty happy with mine - it's very nice looking, with attractive bluing and wood grips, and it's fun to shoot. I wouldn't even consider using it as a defensive gun except as a absolute last resort, both because of the weak round and because of the mediocre reliability.

It's too bad you can't get the Keltec P32 or P3AT easily, because it's smaller and lighter, with lots more power and better reliability. For a small defensive gun, I'd definitely look elsewhere.


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