If you are considering the idea of purchasing a Beretta Tomcat 3032, you might want to read this. This is a handgun that comes from one of the more recognizable brands in the industry. While it may have its advantages, some users have reported certain problems (which we’ll cover individually).
For its part, the Beretta Tomcat 3032 is known to be reliable and accurate in terms of being a good pistol. It works to the advantage of the concealed carrier because of its size. Indeed, it’s a pistol you can depend on if you ever find yourself in the position to defend yourself.
With that in mind, it’s important to know what the common issues are. The list below may not discourage you to buy one. It should help you become more aware of what to expect should you decide to use a Beretta Tomcat 3032.
Let’s dive right in and discuss the common problems as reported by users:
Firing Mechanism Problems
To begin, we’re going to discuss the issues regarding the firing mechanism. Some have reported that it may fail even after firing through three full magazines. Specifically, those who rack the slide while the hammer is down, this issue could arise.
One user in particular said that because of this, the reliability of the pistol may be in question. Some say that the solution lies in the single-action feature of the pistol. The double-action version doesn’t have this problem as far as we know.
Some users have reported that cracked frames appear to be common in the Beretta Tomcat 3032. Even the Beretta website has stated that reports of this occurring. The Tomcat’s frame is made from 7075 T6 aluminum.
If you own an AR-15, you’ll notice this is the exact same material that most manufacturers use for lowers. The real issue here is what is causing these cracks from happening? One potential culprit could be muzzle energy.
Ammunition manufacturers had been increasing muzzle energy over the course of many years. Some to the point where it can reach levels such as 150 to 200 ft of muzzle energy. This is way more than any aluminum frame can handle (specifically one that weighs 14 ounces).
If your Tomcat 3032’s frame is cracked, it might be rendered useless. For this reason, you’ll want to find ammo that is compatible with this handgun while not producing a lot of muzzle energy to where it can potentially damage the frame.
Specifically, ammo with no less than 71 grain will be good here. Anything more, and you’re asking for trouble.
No pistol owner wants to deal with jamming issues. Specifically this includes failing to feed the round from the magazine. This could be an issue due to the magazine itself.
To confirm this, you’ll want to clean the pistol on a regular basis when it’s safe to do so. The rounds may not eject the right way. If you notice any jamming, it could be due to the magazine even if the issue persists with a clean gun.
This is an issue that Beretta should address as soon as possible. Feeding issues may yet again bring the actual reliability of this pistol to question. A true reliable pistol is one that will be able to feed a round into a chamber via the magazine and get a shot off without issue.
Jamming issues can be dangerous when you’re in the process of defending yourself. For this reason, you’ll want to test your Beretta Tomcat on a regular basis. Not only to check for reliability issues, but to ensure if it’s up to snuff in a home defense situation.
As mentioned before, the frame crack seems to be the most common and frequently reported issue. To that end, you may also notice that Beretta has included instructions on what kind of ammo to use. You’ll want to follow the instructions and find ammo that will be compatible with your pistol (we’ve already said it once, but it should bear repeating).
The feeding issues reported are a real cause for concern. The same goes for the firing mechanism problems. Both are not a good look for Beretta and for those who want to use this pistol for home defense purposes.
When it comes to home defense, the one thing you’ll want to look for is reliability. If you know it’s going to work most of the time, you can depend on a pistol that will help you in a home defense situation (if one were to arise). What an attacker is hoping for is that your gun fails so they have the upper hand against you.
Beretta is a brand that is known for being reputable. It’s no secret that they do produce pistols that are reliable. However, the Tomcat 3032 seems like it can use some serious improvements.
This could include strengthening the frame or making modifications to the magazine where feeding issues can no longer be the problem. If anything, eliminating any issue that would compromise the reliability would be a priority.
The more reliable a pistol is, the better it will serve you in those life and death situations. At this time, it may be a smart idea to consider an alternative if the reliability issues seem to be enough to turn you away. Otherwise, purchase it and fine tune it until you’re confident enough to use it in a home defense situation.
Wrapping It Up
Now that you know some of the common issues with the Beretta Tomcat 3032, it’s up to you to purchase it. If reliability is on top of your list for finding a handgun, this may be one to pass on for now. At least until Beretta addresses the issues relating to its reliability.
Otherwise, it may be a good pistol to use for target practice for the moment. If you are confident enough that it’s reliable for home defense, you are more than welcome to use it. As always, you’ll want to clean it on a regular basis.
That should help you rule out the possibility of a dirty gun causing some of these issues.