I have shot the new stainless and my old 3 digit from the fifties. The old one shot surprisingly well. Didn't do so well with the stainless model. This was just a very modest amount of shooting. I think with practice, the old model would shoot real well.
I'm to the point where I can shoot empty .22 casings with my stainless Bearcat at 10-15 paces. It helps if the sun is reflecting off of them. I can also shoot from the hip. It was my first handgun, and I've shot it well over 4,000 times. Great little gun!
I can shoot at 22 casings with mine but it would surely be an accident if I hit one. When I first got it I couldn't hit anything but after many rounds I can make a 1 or 2 inch group at 10 yards offhand. I actually shoot it better than my single six or 22/45, of course am not to great of a shot. It is my favorite 22.
I really like my Bearcat and it shoots quite well for me. I often carry it while woods bumming and also while hunting. I've taken gray squirrels with it. I have large hands, but the small Bearcat hasn't been a problem for me.
I've got two, one with an alloy frame and one of steel.
I don't shoot either one well at all.
It is a shame because I really like the look and feel of the little gun.
If I want to actually hit something, my 6-1/2" stainless SingleSix is my best choice.
Maybe I will try one of the stainless Bearcats next.
Love shooting the Bearcats. I do not have any new models, so I can't compare old to new. My groups are about the same as with my single sixes with fixed sights ( off-hand or from the hip). Just plain fun to shoot with CB Shorts. :lol:
I have both a 1950s OM and a newer NM stainless. Both shoot very well altho I had to mess with the front sight on the newer one to get it to zero. They ARE picky about ammo; both of mine like Stingers about the best, although I've never tried them with pistol match ammo.
I used to carry the OM everywhere in my boot top (you can imagine what the bluing is like.....) and used it when I ate up all my backpack food. Many rabbits, a few grouse and chachlacas (pavo de monte), more than one trout (relax, the statute of limitations is long run out. I hope.). One rockchuck before I found out what nice diseases they can carry!
I have big hands but have always shot two-handed, so little guns suit me just fine. My OM has the original "plywood" grips, refinished a few times tho.
My old model shoots better'n I do, and that's about all anyone can ask for out of any gun. It is picky about what it gets fed, and has a decided preference for Stingers. It'll shoot minute of squirrel/rabbit/varmint out to about 20 yards every time.........(even though I might not. :roll: )
I bought a new SS for my daughter and it is a great little shooter with Aquila Humingbird CB caps. I have taught her to shoot and how to reload it. This little pocket revolver is my second one and now I think I am going to buy me one to convert to 22 mag for a river gun...