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heavygargoyle 10-28-2011 08:53 PM

Beretta Tomcat, smallest handgun
Is this the smallest handgun that I can buy for my girl?

canebrake 10-28-2011 09:00 PM

A .32 ACP for what? Personal defense?

Why not just get her a baseball bat?

Dillinger 10-28-2011 09:01 PM

I believe some more context would be needed to be able to accurately answer this question.

Small as in? Caliber? Size?

Because one would think there are several Derringers out there that used to fit in vest pockets, boot lips and the like that would be "smaller".

Then you have the very tiny, almost comical novelty pieces that do shoot. Cane has a picture of a really small revolver that is about the size of a postage stamp.

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canebrake 10-28-2011 09:11 PM

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World's smallest handgun

This is the world's smallest gun - and although it might look like a harmless toy to some it is anything but as it is capable at firing deadly bullets at a speed of 300mph.

The Swiss Minigun, being marketed as a collector's item, is two inches long, and fires 4.53mm bullets

Costing 3,000 in stainless steel, a gold-plated, diamond-studded version is also available.

The gun is banned in the US - because it is too small to qualify for sporting purposes.

purehavoc 10-28-2011 09:27 PM

Its your money so what you do with it is up to you , but I wouldnt waste my money on one of those , If your looking for compact with some punch buy her a Ruger LC9 its a 9mm , 1" longer than the tomcat ,and just a few oz heavier, very accurate out to 10 yards load that thing up with some home defense rounds and you got something, not to mention about $100 less than the beretta

jjfuller1 10-28-2011 10:17 PM

how can one even pull the trigger on that little revolver?

trip286 10-28-2011 10:25 PM

I had to youtube the video myself.
See the little spur on the trigger guard? It's a DA revolver, and the trigger guard is actually the trigger.

that little thing is nuts

heavygargoyle 10-29-2011 02:10 AM


I'll stick with a Glock 26 then

gollygee 10-29-2011 06:39 PM

As Cane says, it's purpose has a lot to do with which one. Also, I'd advise against trying to surprise her. Let her shoot yours, after being sure she has a handle on all the safety rules, maybe shoot freinds'/relatives' guns and, if available, take her to a range that rents them. Let her decide what caliber & what platform she likes.

I don't own a derringer, so can't speak from experience, but I heard a lot of folks say they were surprised how uncomfortable they were to shoot.

hardluk1 10-29-2011 08:28 PM

Take your daughter to a indoor gun range/gun shop and let a female instrutor help her out. maybe she can fire a round or two from other peoples guns. If you have a area forum or local group see if some of the guys or galls will help with different pistols. Then you pay for the gun. It has to be her choice .

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