Beretta is one of the oldest firearms manufacturers out there, having been around for almost 500 years now. They’ve had plenty of time to make mistakes, learn from them, and then apply those lessons to another generation of firearms. One recent good example of this is the Beretta 3032 Tomcat.
The .32 ACP Beretta Tomcat is an extremely small concealed carry pistol that some officers use for backup and off-duty carry. Features include an alloy frame and forged blue steel slide (stainless steel is optional), external hammer, tip-up barrel, and manual safety. The open top slide—a Beretta feature since 1915—reduces the likelihood of a spent case hanging up during ejection.
In a sea of plastic mouse guns, the decidedly old school Beretta Tomcat stands out with its Inox (aka “stainless steel” for those who don’t speak fluent Beretta) slide and forged aluminum frame. While this makes it thicker and heavier than a modern injection molded pocket pistol, it pays dividends elsewhere.