Beretta Tomcat or Ruger LCP?

Beretta Tomcat or Ruger LCP?

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    Beretta Tomcat or Ruger LCP?

    I currently own a Beretta Tomcat, .32 auto which runs like a clock. It is well made, stainless steel, safe, accurate & reliable, and probably will stand up to many thousands of rounds. What I don't like about the Beretta is: it is relatively heavy being all steel, it is thicker than the Ruger, and looks like a pistol in my pocket (it tends to print). Additionally, the .32 is not a great man stopper. I am thinking about getting a Ruger LCP. The advantage I see with the Ruger is lighter weight, thinner than the Tomcat, and slightly more powerful.

    I rarely carry the Tomcat as a primary ccw because of the low power of the .32, and I usually carry a S & W 642 as a primary,sometimes carrying both. So, my question is would I really be buying an upgrade with the Ruger? Would you trust the 380 as a primary carry?

    Your opinions and thoughts would be appreciated.


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    If it works better for you then it is an upgrade. I'm interested in an LCP too. If I can shoot it better and it proves reliable, I'll carry it. I do like the Tomcat though. Best little mouse gun I've had.

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    I've never been a huge fan of the Tomcat for the very reasons you mentioned. It is a nice quality gun though. The LCP is new, but its just a copy and refinement of a gun that has been out for some time. Its bound to be a decent gun.

    Dont discount the .32ACP... select the correct ammo and it performs as well or better than 380 in the mouse guns.
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    The little Beretta .32 is (at least) a proven (heavy but dependable) little firearm...I might wait though, until some time has proven the new little Ruger...OMO
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    Any locked breech pistol is an upgrade from a blow back.

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    What is the advantage of a locked breech?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinokrk View Post
    Any locked breech pistol is an upgrade from a blow back.

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    Between the P32 I've had and the Tomcat, I'd have to disagree.

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    I gave my Tomcat to my son a couple years back. That means I liked it but it is kind of heavy for such a small gun.

    That being said, I am on the lict to buy the very next LCP the LGS gets in and I am posative Ruger has made a good gun here. I am sure it will find its way in my pocket more times than not.
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    Per the OP thread title,..If it was my money, I'd spring for the Ruger LCP

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    I carry a Tomcat. I am also a big fan of Ruger. But I am not rushing out to buy one of the new LCP's. Here is why.

    First, the LCP looks supiciously like a Kel-Tec. I really don't like Kel-Tec triggers. Besides, new models often have a problem or two that the manufacturer needs to work through. This is true even of a manufacturer with Ruger's reputation for rock solid reliability. I will let some one else do the beta testing on this one.

    Second, I really like my Tomcat. Yeah, it is a .32. But it carries 8 rounds of CorBon JHP. I freely acknowlege that it weighs more than an LCP and fires a lighter round. The result is that there is a lot less recoil and it should be possible to get back on target faster. With either of these guns, you are going to be pulling the trigger more than once. So the speed with which the second, third, and fourth shots can be placed is important.

    That does not mean that an LCP will never ride in my pocket. I just want to know more about it first.
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    I carry a Tomcat as a BUG, or jogging gun alot. It has virtually no recoil and has been a great firearm for me. I guess if its a piece of mind issue, step up to a .380. I feel confident my little .32 can rapid unload CM everytime. I had a P3at, but just didnt like shooting it and had a couple relabilty issues with it.

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