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Beretta 21a Bobcat fan club

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Carbon_15, May 26, 2008.

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  1. Carbon_15

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    The bobcat catches alot of flack on the forums, despite the (undeserved?) reputation, it remains one of my favorite, most shot and most carried guns in my collection. Despite having more traditional carry guns, the little bobcat's size, shape, and tip up barrel means it is more likely than not, the gun I carry. Mine fuctions flawlwesly with Stingers, and almost 100% with Federal bulk ammo. The accuracy, and shootability of this little gun supprise me everytime I shoot it. Despite having microscopic sights and a short barrel, I can bounce empty shotshells as easily as with my MKII or Neos. A little pocket pistol just shouldnt shoot this dang good!
    Sound off if you love your Bobcat!!!
     
  2. JBP

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    It's OK. My wife's handles CCI Mini Mags better than the Stingers (& that's why its reputation - very finicky with ammo). I prefer my Beretta 913 in 25ACP. One more round and isn't choosy what I feed it.
     
  3. sm

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    I like 'em lots!
     
  4. buttrap

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    Mine runs fine with Stingers too untill it gets dirty after 5-6 mags out of it.
     
  5. MICHAEL T

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    I got 2 of the 950's Jetfires and the model 20 25auto Their accurate and relieable .
     
  6. bannockburn

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    I would love to have back the Model 950's I used to own; they were great little guns. And the one I miss the most was a beautiful Model 20 that I had hard chrome plated to protect it from corrosion. That gun had the nicest DA trigger on it for such a small auto.
     
  7. plinky

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    Gotta say it's been years since my 21A has been shot. Next range trip for sure.
     
  8. sixgunner455

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    I would like to shoot one sometime.
     
  9. Mad Magyar

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    Damn, I wish I could then I'd still have it...It was n.i.b., did everything I could but it was "jam city" from the git-go...Two trips back to Beretta, they had their little check-list all marked; but still the same...When using the hypervelocity loads, helped, but still was not reliable...
    Anyway, from all the good reports from others; let's say I got the "bad-one" that left the factory....:(
     
  10. gpr

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    i have a cousin...pt22...no problem with the gun its self...it took several trips to the range with the niddle nose pliers to get both mags to feed.....gpr
     
  11. wristtwister

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    Scary, isn't it?

    My little Bobcat is the biggest surprise to fellow shooters at the range. I pull that little toy out of it's "cute little holster" (description from one of the women) and start blasting center-mass on the BG targets at 10-15 yards. It has to be the "most examined" gun I own, and everybody that shoots it wants to buy it from me.

    I'm not too particular about what I shoot in it... the Remington smoke pills work just fine and it really rocks with Stingers... but it seldom misfires or jams up on me... and nothing is simpler to clean than a flip-top with only one dismantled piece (slide). It takes me longer to get out the cleaning supplies than it does to clean the gun, so mine doesn't stay dirty much. I figure I run about 200 rounds a weekend through it, and it keeps everybody's attention when I'm shooting with it.

    While it's only a .22LR, putting six or seven of those in somebody will still get the job done, and Aguila makes some "self defense rounds" that even step up that SD application. It'll probably get some rest now that S&W has sent me back my target pistol which they went through, but the Bobcat is the best gun for the money that I've bought lately. It's reliable, and fits in your shirt pocket.

    WT
     
  12. jame

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    Mine is nearly a daily carry. With .22 Stingers, it's 100%, she's gotta be clean.

    One of the best pocket guns available IMHO....
     
  13. Steve C

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    They're a great gun for those times when a larger piece isn't an option. Certainly better than harsh words if you need to fend off an assailant.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. tuckerdog1

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    Mad Magyar,

    I could have written that, word for word. Glad it's working for the rest of you.

    Tuckerdog1
     
  15. Top_Notch

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    I've always wanted one of these but have been afraid of purchasing a $250 paperweight. I may pick one up based on this thread. Time to go shopping and see what they're going for these days.
     
  16. oneounceload

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    only I have smaller is a 1908 Colt .25......taught my kids to shoot handguns with it....always fun and accurate
     
  17. roo_ster

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    The M21A was my third gun to ever purchase.

    It has been reliable and accurate.

    That said, I haven't fired or carried it in years. My Kel-Tec P32 is smaller, lighter, and more powerful.

    It just was outclassed.

    One thing: the 21A is pretty complex for a pistol. LOTS of itty-bitty parts. Luckily, it was made well and is of high quality.
     
  18. makarovnik

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    Love 'em with stingers, mini-mags and velocitors. I even like them with .25acp.

    Too bad .25acp ammo is so expensive. I think it's because of low demand because everyone thinks it's such a crappy round. Well it isn't a crappy round in a 2" barrel.
     
  19. CZF

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    Yes, better than a sharp stick. I bought mine last April.
    Only have 12 rounds thru it.

    Pocket carry seems OK, until you compare it to a Ruger LCP.
    Much lighter and with .380 power.

    The little Beretta really shoots nice and is steel and wood.
    However..the lighter LCP calls my name.
     
  20. Confederate

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    The guns are very nice, and I have both the 21a stainless and the 950 .25ACP stainless. Both guns are now way overpriced and I always thought it was a bit cheap of Beretta to only include one magazine and to charge $35-$40 bucks for a spare, when they're in stock, which is almost never!
     
  21. Carbon_15

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    I theroy I agree, but in practice The little bobcat usualy gets carried anyway. I have a P32 and P3AT. They both bear the Bobcat in power to weight, but the tip-up barrel makes this so conveniant. With the baby kel-teks you have to insert a mag, rack the slide, retract mag, top of mag, re-insert mag. WIth the Beretta, you just put in a loaded magazine and drop a round straight in the chamber. That is why it gets carried alot. I'll admit I'm a lazy CWP holder.
    Besides all that, the heavier DA first pull on the Beretta feels more safe in the pocket.
     
  22. Pilot

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    The first mag through my 21A was a disaster using Federal bulk pack ammo. I immediately switched to CCI Minimags and its been 100% reliable. Yes, I carry it sometimes when I can't carry anything else or as a BUG.
     
  23. RoadTrash

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    Love Mine Too!

    This is a great little jem...it shoots just about anything I put through it. Except the cheap Winchester 550 bulk pack stuff....I can't get that garbage to run in anything.

    I carry this gun almost every day now that it's getting warm out. It just fits so well in a pocket! I keep it loaded with stingers.
     

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    I just got one last month. I love it. Fun, easy, cheap to shoot. Convenient to carry when the other option is no gun.
     
  25. elsullo

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    Me big like!

    I too had a great Beretta 21A! It functioned perfectly with almost ANY ammo, and was very happy to fire CCI Stingers all day, of which I enlarged the hollowpoints slightly---these produced softball-sized craters in soft clay! Only a tiny few failures to fire, and it was always the bad primers of the cheapest ammo and not the gun.

    My Bobcat had the fat wooden grips, which I carefully sanded down to a much thinner profile for discrete pocket carry, in a job where being found to carry concealed meant immediate termination. I even modified a thermos bottle to hide it in plain sight on my dashboard!

    I DO regret having to sell it, but it was to a good friend, and I moved up to the North American Arms Guardian .380, and it likewise seems totally reliable.........................elsullo
     
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