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How do you guys feel about the Barretta 21?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Metal Angel, May 17, 2012.

  1. Metal Angel

    Metal Angel

    Oct 20, 2010
    I had the opportunity to shoot a Barretta 21 (.22LR) yesterday, and before this, never cared a lick about these guns. That thing was so awesome though! The trigger was great and it seemed really accurate for such a small gun! Right now I don't have a .22 that I love, and I want one that I will love because it's so reasonable to shoot. Would it be dumb to have one of these instead of a more purpose built target pistol like a Mk III? It may also serve as a "something is better than nothing" carry gun. Because my current EDC ends up being more of a EODC (every other day carry). I wouldn't dream of a .22 being my primary EDC, but it wouldnt hurt to have one rather than nothing. Really though, I think this question is more about the 21 as a range gun... I just think I might enjoy it more than a Mk. III or the like.
  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012

    Never seen one but my wife has a cute little .22 made by Taurus that is a copy of a gun made by some Italian company called "Beretta". Seems to be a nice little gun.

  3. Ive owned a couple of them over the years. Dont have one now.

    Mine were well made, and functioned OK, if kept spotlessly clean. They seem to get grumpier sooner than most of the other .22's Ive owned.

    They are a little big and chunky for a pocket pistol, and .22,s arent the most reliable either. If youre thinking of one of these for that, Id look to something else.
  4. FL Airedale

    FL Airedale Dog Breath

    May 21, 2011
    North-Central Florida
    I had one for a long time and just sold it last year.

    I wouldn't say that it was unreliable at feeding. I have a big stockpile of Winchester .22 and it likes that ammo fine.

    The problem I did have with it was that sometimes it wouldn't fire. I don't think the firing pin hit the primer as hard as my other .22 guns. The primer would be dented but it didn't fire. If I rotated the cartridge so that it hit a different part of the rim, it always fired.

    At first I thought that this was just bad ammo. The thing is that I have 2 .22 rifles and another .22 pistol and I put a lot more rounds through them without any failures.

    For that reason, I decided it wasn't worth having. I would prefer to have a larger caliber for self defense and I don't want to get in a gunfight with a gun that may not fire, even if it was only once every couple of hundred rounds.
  5. Golddog


    Nov 26, 2003
    Parkton, MD
    I had one in .22 Short. It was the least reliable gun of the hundreds I've owned; it never got through more than two rounds in a row without some sort of malfunction, and I tried every brand of ammo on the market in it.
  6. Thats a very common rim fire problem, and one of the main reasons I dont like carrying them. Its just the nature of the beast with that type of primer. Ive had it happen with all my .22's, and pretty much with every maker of ammo.
  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    What's a Barretta?

    J/K ;)

    I have a Beretta Tomcat in 32ACP that runs great. I have no experience with the rimfire.
  8. Metal Angel

    Metal Angel

    Oct 20, 2010
    Sorry about the spelling... My phone auto corrects from Berretta to Barretta. :upeyes: I was just to lazy to fix it.

    Makes sense that the .32 would be more reliable... But this gun's main purpose for me would be plinking hundreds of rounds at the range, and .32 isn't cheap! I really don't consider anything .380 or less a good defensive caliber, and if I bought this in .32 or .25, I wouldnt be doing high volume shooting with it like I could with .22. The CC option would truly be a secondary purpose to range plinking. Like throw it in my pocket if I planned to carry nothing otherwise. Still, even a plinker can be no fun to shoot if it jams all the time. I know that's an inherent problem with rimfire, but it sounds like guys are saying this one jams more than other rim fire pistols... I don't want a jammomatic. Plus it's secondary purpose as CC would truly be defeated if I couldn't be pretty confident in its reliability.

    I don't know... Seems like cheap fun if it worked well... Might just have to decide if I want to take the chance or not.
  9. I think part of the problem with these guns is the lack of an extractor. As I said earlier, mine worked fine when they were spotlessly clean, but as they got dirty, they got finicky pretty quick.
  10. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta
    Come on...

  11. dewidmt

    dewidmt Gunaholic

    May 25, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    I had a 950 for quite a few years (single action, .25 auto) but sold it off. I have since picked up a 21A which is slightly larger and DA/SA. I like it! I wouldn't advise it as a target gun, but it is a fun plinker. I keep mine stashed in the console of my Jeep and sometimes throw it in my pocket for a quick trip somewhere. Mine is dead nuts reliable with CCI Mini-mags.
  12. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    I'd much rather have the Beretta 87 Cheetah, personally.
  13. Ol' Dirty

    Ol' Dirty

    Jun 26, 2006
    Houston, Texas
    My dad gave me a stainless 21A in .22. It's a neat little guy but it isn't very accurate. It functions great but the accuracy is a bit disappointing.
  14. Metal Angel

    Metal Angel

    Oct 20, 2010
    Definitely a nice gun, but I think the reason I had fun with the 21 was because it was so small. My dad has a Mk. II and a high standard and I just don't have a lot of fun shooting them. It's like shooting an air gun or something. Not saying the 21 kicks, but it at least feels like you are shooting a firearm.
  15. 257 roberts

    257 roberts

    Mar 18, 2012
    I have one and its NEVER misfired or jammed,I don't shoot it anymore but it ALWAYS worked
  16. I have had Ruger's Standard and a MkII but liked the Bobcat better. Mine ran great on Mini-mags, and tolerably accurate to 7 yd. or so.
  17. 4 glocks

    4 glocks

    Jun 29, 2010
    I have had one for over 20 years. Works fine on Mini mags and stingers. Bulk ammo is hit or miss. I do not shot it much.
    I keep telling myself I should sell it but then I tell myself it's cheap to shoot.
  18. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

    May 17, 2005
    Land O lakes, FL
    It makes a very cool suppressor host!

    [ame=""]Beretta 21a Bobcat + TM WASP silencer Video Review - YouTube[/ame]
  19. stopatrain

    stopatrain Lifetime Member

    Aug 28, 2005
    I have one in .22 short and .22lr. Both work 100% if you keep them clean and feed them good ammo.
  20. Rob1109


    Jul 4, 2010
    I have the .22. Really nice gun. Also have the .25 version. Never had any issues with either, although I think the .25 should be inherently more reliable. .25 expensive to shoot. Since I got my LCP I don't carry the 21A very much. Still, it's a very nice gun. You can't go wrong if you want one. Best.