Beretta 3032 Tomcat Pistol


Style Sub-Compact Pistol
Frame Various
Grips Black Nylon Glass
Caliber .32 ACP
Capacity 7 rounds
14.5 oz (411 g)
Length 4.9 inches (12.4 cm)
Barrel 2.4 inches (6.1 cm)
Trigger DA/SA
Safety Slide
Sights Fixed
Manufactured Italy by Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta
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Beretta 3032 Tomcat Reviews

102 Reviews


Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Thu, 14 Jul 2016

tony101365, Perhaps you are lucky or have not noticed the crack. The reports and experiences of reliable frame failure are rampant. The failure of Beretta to acknowledge their design fault is just as reliable. This little .32 piece of disappointment has turned me away from any weapon with the name Beretta on it. Post again when you find the crack.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Sat, 16 Apr 2016

Blev, my S&W 360 is lighter than the Tomcat 3032. It is so comfortable in my front pants pocket that I often forget it is there. 13 oz with a stainless cylinder. Tomcat held 7 shots of .32. S&W hold 5 shots of .38 or .357 Not trying to sell the S&W as it is not cheap, but it is a no brainer to me on reliability, comfort and power. I suppose you can throw a non-functioning Tomcat at a BG's head though.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

I'll repeat myself, but you cannot trust the Tomcat 3032 in any style. The frame will crack. Look at the new Airlite revolvers if want a lightweight carry weapon that packs a .38, .38+p or .357 mag punch. Only 5 shots, but the revolver will most likely work.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Sat, 24 Oct 2015

I don't want to make this a discussion forum for your favorite gun, but I think research is key. This site is great for research. NAA? Go for it. I haven't heard of any complaints on NAA although the .380 may kick a bit in that size pistol. Hope the warnings on the Tomcat helped.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Fri, 23 Oct 2015

forddave, I don't think they all break at some point, not the frame cracking in the same place on numerous Tomcats anyway. I have a S&W 22 revolver made in 1956. Nothing broken...a S&W 469 made around 1980. The recoil spring seemed to lose its strength. S&W sent a new one, no charge on a 30-year-old gun. Ruger Redhawk, H&K 45, Winchester .22 Gallery Rifle and my very first Ruger Mark 1 that I had purchased 34 years ago. The Mark 1 serves as my competition pistol and I have not had any other problems other than the free slide spring on the 469. The Tomcat frame is a specific and clear quality issue. It is not simple wear and tear. Beretta simply refuses to admit and address it. Beretta=Never again.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Fri, 16 Oct 2015

I am not here to insult Tomcat owners. I would be very happy to hear that Beretta addressed the inherent problem and now makes a great .32. Until they do that, however, additional purchases will only validate their inferior product and hurt those who buy it.

Ernest C. from Chanhassen, MN on Fri, 16 Oct 2015

johnnyz- i think you hit the nail on the head with your statement. just a matter of time before they discover the crack. not sure when mine really broke,heard about it and pulled mine out and sure enough,CRACKED gun not abused at all, to look at it you would think it was new.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Thu, 15 Oct 2015

forddave, Rate the piece of junk with star(s?). No influence from me, please. When I can Google scores of cracked frame stories, then experience my own INOX frame cracking, followed by 3 months of BS from Beretta, I am only comforted by the fact that anyone who buys a Tomcat or supports their "wonderful" reliability is either a Beretta affiliate, hasn't had the frame crack yet, or hasn't found the crack that already exists.

Homer R. from Cora, WY on Sun, 11 Oct 2015

I have read a lot of negative comments about the .32 Tomcat but all I can say is mine is performing great. I can't tell you how many boxes of ammo I put through it, lost count. It went to the range with me every week and between rounds with the .45 or .380, my friends and I would put a few more mags through the Tomcat. I want to keep it as a carry so it stays home now. I used .71 grain Winchester ball from Wally World exclusively and the little gun never hiccupped after about the second box. Everything needs a break in but I only had a couple of failures to eject and feed. It put a couple of hot brasses down my shirt collar but so does my .45 so... If you decide to buy, be sure and get the wide slide. A couple of my friends who had the old Tomcats did have some problems but the new slide seems to be taking care of it, at least for me. There might be a few lemons out there but mine is a keeper. NOT FOR SALE....

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Tue, 1 Sep 2015

I had read your post from January 2010 where you said you bought the Tomcat in 1997. Perhaps that was in the pre-crap Beretta Tomcat production era as my personal experience and the posts of countless others indicate this is NOT a reliable pistol. If you have fired Corbon 32ACP with an energy level 74% higher than the manufacturer’s recommended Silvertips and have not experienced a problem, you may wish to check the manufacturer and model of the gun you are referencing.

Pete W. from Hayesville, NC on Mon, 31 Aug 2015

I am with you Jake, I have been carrying and shooting this weapon since I bought it when they first came onto the market. No problems, malfunctions, or cracked frame. Over 12 years and still going strong. Killed a number of critters--skunk, moles, armadillo, etc---because it was the gun that I always have with me. I may retire it someday, but not today!!!

Blaine R. from Brightwood, OR on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

OK Guys, cracked frame Tomcat returned to Beretta on 11/15/2010; replacement (new) received 2/9/2011. And that only after calling ot find out status after no word in two months. Sold it on 2/9/2011 to the gun dealer who helped my with return. BTW - I saw a photo of a cracked frame posted here months ago but can't find that photo now, can anyone help. I want to send link or photo to friend up north who has same Tomcat 3032.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

Watching a documentary on spontaneous discharge of a Remington rifle, a long term problem that had resulted in several deaths. Apparently, the government can order recalls on cars, strollers and food, but they cannot order recalls on firearms. It is up to the manufacturer to do so. Remington never did on this particular rifle. One person stated that if the govt were to order firearm recalls, they would become so safe that they wouldn't fire. This may be the reason Beretta has not recalled the Tomcat. It is cheaper to address complaints than fix all the guns. Remington's response letters to those that complained sounded much like the letter I received from Beretta.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

Jake, you unfortunately will flush 3 if not 4 of the stars you awarded the moment you see the crack appear. Wide slide owner and mine still cracked. The emotions at the moment you recognize the crack include denial, anger, depression and acceptance. Beretta will address the problem by telling you that this is extremely rare and they are a fantastic company that will stand behind you. WARNING: Don't bend over! The frame will not crack if you never shoot it again, or if you don't drop it, or if you don't look at it wrong.

Homer R. from Cora, WY on Wed, 19 Aug 2015

Just finished my fifth full box of .71 grain Winchester .32 acp through my new Tomcat wide slide. Had two failures to feed in the first 20 rounds. Did a bit of polishing on the follower and no problems since. Mine is the matte finish and with the wide slide I think they have solved the cracking problem as long as we stay with the recommended rounds. I want to put a couple of more boxes through it before I trust it as a carry but so far, so good. My only complaint is room for my two fat little fingers on the grip but by adding a Hogue sleeve it really helped. I'll give it a four star right now and unless it really disappoints me in the next few boxes, I'll be back to add the fifth.

Roger I. from Arlington Heights, IL on Sun, 19 Jul 2015


Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Fri, 26 Jun 2015

Sorry tallionstallion, You are mistaken. The INOX frame is the same alloy with the fault, weakness, problem, whatever. Mine cracked. I asked Beretta if they addressed the problem by a redesign. "No need," they said. It is very rare and if it does crack again, I have the best manufacturer standing behind me. It took the best manufacturer 4 months, 1/3 of an entire year to replace the INOX that broke. As rare as they claim it would be, I am sure the replacement would have cracked again and in the same place. Wide slide is a nice story, but it didn't save my frame from the notrorius crack. Not trying to be down on Beretta or the Tomcat without justification. It is junk. I have had dealing with other manufacturers that do back flips to fix problems. Beretta fed me BS. Sometimes you wonder how customer service will treat you with any number of products. I know how Beretta will treat me as I lived it. Can't buy another Beretta product, and I am not down on them as a naysayer. This is their fault.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Wed, 24 Jun 2015

Blev, Sorry on the lingo. Foot Pounds Energy=FPE. Chrono=chronograph for velocity So many good pistols and revolvers to choose from. The Ruger LCP or an Airlite S&W revolver in .38. (I fit a S&W .357 Airlite in my front jeans pocket and it weighs less than the Tomcat) Sig has a new sub-compact 9mm. Seecamp, NAA.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Tue, 23 Jun 2015

Oh Blev! So many red flags! FPE is calculated by weight and velocity. Do you chrono your 32ACPs if they are not on the Beretta list? They must be chrono'd from the Tomcat to be accurate. I accept no +p, but this standard is crap. I never put anything heavy through mine and it cracked. Can you define excessive wear and tear as a structural crack after a few dozen to a few hundred rounds? "Might prevent," is akin to might hold together while driving a notoriously flawed auto on an interstate. If you want to chance it, God bless. I am done with any Beretta product forever.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Fri, 19 Jun 2015

Blev, I think the thumbs up/down rating is addressing the quality or content of the post, and not the gun.

Beretta 3032 Tomcat Questions & Comments



Terry D. from Windham, NH on Wed, 13 Jul 2016

I have own my Beretta .32 Tomcat since 2000. I have fired it it many times for shooting practice and just plain fun. I can not recall ever having a jam and as I always clean my weapon after it's use and check it very well I have never seen a crack in no frame or anything loose to report. It is very reliable and for it's size it will put a hurting on anyone at less than 10 yards away. I have had many revolvers and pistols and shot from a 1911 to a M16. I'm a USMC veteran and I will endorse the Beretta .32 Tomcat anytime.

Brandon C. from Oak Park, MI on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

johnnyz is right. If you are going to carry a gun and trust your life on it, the Tomcat has shown to be not very well made with the frame. It will probably eventually crack at some point. I think the J frame revolvers are the best bet, they will always work, but then again in my opinion, you are moving away from a pocket gun to a little larger gun. All small semiautos are fickle and you take a bigger chance in your gun malfunctioning when you need it. A great gun I wish they still made is the S&W .32mag six shot airweight. Every now and then one will pop up on internet sites for sale.

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

sounds good, I failed to mention, they call it inox finishe on the bobcat, but on the Cheetah, they called it nickel, that's the one I have with 2 13 rnd mags. It was $700.00 new and that is with the plastic grips! God forbid if I want to upgrade to the actuall wood grips. one more question, the difference between the 84FS and 85FS, is the 85 a single stack? that's what I think the difference is, so the grip is not as wide as the 84, and the single stack holds 8 .380 rnds.?

Brandon C. from Oak Park, MI on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

I agree that the bigger round you have and can carry is idealy better. I would rather carry a .32 than a .25. As far as the Inox version of the Tomcat, it has the wide slide that the mat and blue frames are made with now, but again I have read on the internet that people have experienced frame cracking issues on the Inox version too. If you don't shoot much and keep within the manufacurer recommended ammo load, the Tomcat will probably serve you good as a pocket carry gun.

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

I like this one, it's the same inox or I call it nickel finish. the .32 caliber should provide better kanetic energy, please add your experties. my spelling sucks lol

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

to BLEV, no offence taken, I always have an open mind when it comes to anything, especially firearms, I am DEFINATELY no expert an firearms. The .25 Beretta I had was 19 years ago, and I remember shooting a 50 gallon oil drum with it from about 6 feet away at an angle (in a safe place) and I just remember I could practactly see the round bounce off of the barrel and ricochete to my right. That's was the extent of my farensic testing! lol. I didn't even think about the effect of a centerfire as opossed to the centerfire round in an automatic. So thanx for the heads up. How would you compare the .32 against the .25 in the Beretta, or the copy. In the since of a pocket pistol used only for the purposes of self-defense, getting out of a jam quick like? Richard in Washington

Brandon C. from Oak Park, MI on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

I mean no offense, but there is a big difference between a Tomcat and a Bobcat for Beretta pistols. From my study, the .22 is a better round, but the .25 is better chambered for a semi-auto pistol. A center fire cartridge as opposed to the .22 a rim fire cartridge. Rim fire= more chances of a jam in a semi-auto from my studies on both rounds. Not to mention, there are some pretty hot rounds being manufactured these days for .25acp. 10 rounds of .25acp in these little guns is a lot of fire power dispite the lack of a big bullet. In my profession I have seen guys shot once with .25 and it killed them, and others I have seen shot point blank with a .45 and survived. I have also seen guys shot several times with a 9mm and survived. The debate of caliber will still go on though.

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Thu, 14 Apr 2016

I had the Beretta Tomcat or Bobcat chambered in .25 caliber and I tell you what, I could probably throw the bullets faster than they cam out of the gun. The gun was great, had one in .22 short, and the .25, I would rather have the .22lr for self defense than .25 cal. Don't get me wrong, Beretta's are top of the line weapons, it's the .25 cal that is worthless.

Brandon C. from Oak Park, MI on Thu, 14 Apr 2016

The Taurus Ply .25 looks good, but for another $100 bucks or so, you can get a .32. I've done a lot of research on pocket pistols and what I am going to buy once I get the money. The 9mm's that have been made small are great, but in my opionon still aren't small enough to put in the pocket for me. The wide slide now produced on the Beretta is still getting cracked frame issues from my research :( The Naa Guardians are nice, but still on the heavy side for the competitor offers in an all steal gun. I think I'm going to go with the Seecamp .32 once I get the money to actually buy a gun.

Felipe F. from Punta Gorda, FL on Thu, 14 Apr 2016

"Taurus, the same company that coppied the 92fs (Horibbly I might add)..." LOL. Shoot one and see if you feel the same. And FYI. Taurus didn't really "copy" the 92. Taurus bought the Beretta factory in Brazil along with the tooling to make the 92. Changes to the pistol have been made by both Taurus and Beretta over the years . I'm glad Taurus left the safety on the frame where it should be.

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Tue, 1 Mar 2016

Doriadiver, what 9mm do you carry? I thought they were talking about the Tomcat by Beretta chambered in .32 cal. Unless there is something I don't know and they came out with one in 9mm. anyway, just curious. Oh, I saw an add the other day, Taurus, the same company that coppied the 92fs (Horibbly I might add) has now coppied the Beretta Tomcat, or Bobcat.. I just saw it in the last issue of American Rifleman, it's a blatent coppy! come on Kimber, be original. at least they are make some decent 1911's so I hear.

Douglas I. from Omaha, NE on Wed, 11 Nov 2015

Yup, very pocketable in jeans or shorts as the hot weather here dictates. Weighs barely a pound and absolute quality throughout. Same size and weight as the wife's Sig 238 but packin a lil more punch with the 9mm.

Brandon C. from Oak Park, MI on Thu, 29 Oct 2015

I have seen that on the internet, it looks great. How much bigger is it than the NAA? Does it fit into the front pocket of jeans easily? I guess I'll have to go take a look at one of them.

Douglas I. from Omaha, NE on Thu, 29 Oct 2015

Check out the new Kimber Solo. Not much larger than the NAA, but chambered in 9mm. It's become my daily pocket gun in the FL heat. Shoots GREAT!

Brandon C. from Oak Park, MI on Fri, 23 Oct 2015

jonhnnyz, I have tired to see if this gun would work for me but, it just isn't as a reliable pocket gun on doing my research. I had one 10yrs ago and loved everything about it, but I sold it, because I went broke. Never shot it, and feel bad now about knowing its weakness and unreliability and selling it, heh. I have done so much research on this gun, and even calling Beretta to find out when the wide slides would come into production. However, it seems from all my research that even the wide slides will crack at some point. At this point I am looking at the Naa Guardian .380 from doing my research of a pistol that will fit in my front pocket with a decent caliber and at least 7 shots. Blev

Douglas I. from Omaha, NE on Wed, 21 Oct 2015

Loved till I didn't! Wouldn't use a T Cat as a sinker fishing. It's a POS and I own 3 other Berettas that I love. I was 2 months waiting for repair/replace from Beretta. I got a new one back and promptly sold it. Unacceptable!

Ernest C. from Chanhassen, MN on Fri, 16 Oct 2015

yea i agree, like i said loved it untill a couple of days ago, but to me what makes a good gun is how good the customer service is when you have a problem. i'm not bashing it either. i am confident beretta will stand behind it. they all break at some point. will let you guys know when its taken care of.

Ernest C. from Chanhassen, MN on Thu, 15 Oct 2015

just wanted to say i loved my tomcat inox intill about 10 mins ago,the frame is cracked. gun always ran well,point of aim and i thought well built. e-mail customer service and waiting for a reply. also it was not shot very often(may be a good thing after all),was a coat pocket gun. bought new in 04 and it still looks new. i understand all guns break if u shoot enough BUT THE FRAME ON A LOW ROUND COUNT GUN !!! BERRETTA YOU CAN DO BETTER

Roger I. from Arlington Heights, IL on Wed, 19 Aug 2015

Keep an eye on that frame. It will crack unfortunately. Just a matter of when, not if. I've seen several of the wide slide models, including the INOX crack. Be very careful when trusting your life to it.

Brandon C. from Oak Park, MI on Sun, 19 Jul 2015

Unfortunately I have read on the Beretta forums of the wide slides cracking in the frame too. I will not buy one until they change that aluminum alloy frame out.

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