As many of you likely do not care; I am an erstwhile collector of Yugoslavian & Serbian pistols and of the .32 ACP caliber in general. The cheaper, the better. Why .32? Well of course this is the first, semi-auto cartridge developed by the Legendary John Moses Browning. It’s all not tacticool at all; euro, more humane round from a bygone era. No serious self-defense advocate would recommend you EDC the humble .32 ACP. (I don’t) That’s part of what I love about it - my Collecting a semi-obsolete caliber that is purely for fun and no practical reason. It on this pursuit that I succumbed to a “Black Friday” sale of a Beretta Tomcat “covert” (ie threaded barrel) 3032 .32 ACP. What could be better than a small mouse gun in an anemic caliber weapon th a giant supressor completely obscuring the fixed sights? While the pistol has yet to arrive; I have received the extra magazine I ordered for it.
I started loading it up with some agulia .32 ACP FMJ that I had lying around. After 3 rounds the magazine jammed up and I wasn’t able to get the bottom round back out at all; without completely dissembling magazine. I asked myself … why would a magazine not be able to feed a common loading of the ammo? So after reassembling the magazine I reloaded it with some PPU ammo that I just bought in quantity as the price had recently fallen to 19.95 (a great deal for this not quite “boutique” round.) Sure enough - no problem. I got my calipers out and sure the aguila was .98 OAL and the PPU was .96. I thought this a bizarre occurrence that the Aguila ammo functioned so well in my Zastava M-70 pistol & also upon inspection, the magazine had much more space for OAL of Cartridge. The Tomcat magazine is pretty much only is enough space for a maximum Cartridge OAL of .96. I’m also willing to bet that a larger .32 caliber Beretta like the model 81 has a better magazine design. However, I haven’t got my hands on one of those gems yet.
I get that it’s a purposely diminutive magazine sized for a mouse gun with an ironic name of “tomcat.” Having exterminated many, many raccoons with .38 specials, .22s, etc. I would not think it reliable to cleanly kill a “cat-sized” creature (raccoon). And I will definitely leave an mousing up to my two beloved, feline tomcats.
I eagerly await my ridiculous, impulsive purchase of my Italian Tomcat to do a full review. One of the things I’m intrigued to try out is the “tip up” barrel feature for chambering the first round. I imagine it’s fairly cumbersome with a suppressor equal to the weight of the pistol? And my experience with Berettas being good enough I figured let’s give it a go.
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