I couldn't find a Bretta Tomcat thread and figured I wouldn't be beaten too badly about the head and shoulders if I started one, since I'm a newbe.
My wife wanted something smaller, lighter and more cancelable than her BDA 380 (double stack magazine, 13+1 capacity) and bought a Beretta 3230 with factory installed Lasergrips, but it didn't work out too well because she's a southpaw and it had a bad habit of dropping the ejected cases on her head. Guess who ended up with the Tomcat?
I know that many believe a 32acp lacks the oomph for a defensive round, but others share my opinion that shot placement counts as much, if not more, than size, weight and speed; And the holes tended to appeared in the paper where I wanted them to, so the Tomcat was a keeper. Unfortunately, the little guy didn't share the same opinion.
A spring broke after a couple hundred rounds, which is common enough problem for the local gunshop to keep in stock and replace without charge. Another hundred or so rounds and another spring, but this time one of the recoil spring assemblies got bumped as he was putting it back together and went into orbit. He ended up transferring the Lasergrips to another 3230 he had in stock and sending the original back to Beretta.
The second one shot just as well as the first, but with less than two hundred rounds through it, a small chunk of what looked like potmetal appeared on the shooting bench and I was holding a single action only pistol in my hand. It was sent back to Bretta with the Lasergrips installed.
Last Friday, (Four months later) I picked up the stainless steel replacement, sans Lasergrips. which won't fit the Inox Tomcats due to the thicker frame. It was too late to get ahold of Bretta to discuss this slight oversight, but it was warm enough Saturday to take my new pocket pistol out to the range and chilly enough to have the whole range to myself for most of the afternoon.
Wanting to find out if the new one was as fragile as its two predecessor, I put a box each of Aguila, Blazer, Fiocchi, Prvi Partizan, Winchester and Sellier & Bellot FMJs through it, plus a box of Hornady JHP/XTPs without a single failure to feed, misfire or jam. The S&B's are a bit hot, so I never used them in the potmetal tomcats, but the Inox version didn't get any indigestion from the overly rich diet. I bought them because the price was right and didn't realize their muzzle energy exceeded Beretta's recommendations by such a wide margin until I got around to looking up their specs. (I guess I'll have to pick up an old Walther to use up the rest of them. )
Anyway, the Inox Tomcat is more of a keeper than the original. The wider frame fits in my oversized paws better and it is definitely a Point 'n Shoot for me rather than an Aim and Fire.
BTW - My wife finally decided to completely eliminate the flying brass issue and got a 2" Rossi in 38 Spl. And yes, I did point out it is roughly the same size and weight as her BDA, and holds 9 fewer rounds, but I did so with due care and caution since she can write her initials with it at 7 yards.