Beretta fixed this issue by increasing the thickness of this section of the frame - and the freshly introduced 'INOX' stainless model has been free of this failure.
Inox Model Beretta Tomcat .32 ACP
I think that the open-top slide and 'Tip-Up' action of the very short .32 ACP barrel (2.4") is the most noteworthy and useful feature of this subcompact design:
Beretta 'Made in USA'
The 'INOX' model uses an aluminum frame color anodized to match the stainless steel finish of the slide and barrel.
- It is a simple hammer fired 'blow-back' action that operates reliably without any extractor - the empty cases being 'blown out' of the chamber by residual pressure. The trigger action is DA / SA while the magazine holds seven rounds .. plus the eighth round that is chambered into the barrel by hand.
Although some online folk complain that the Tomcat is heavy at 14 ounces empty - and wide for a sub-compact - it is a small pistol - so small that most shooters will only get a two finger grip on the butt with their pinkie curled under.
Sootch00 does a good job of shooting & reviewing the Tomcat and showing you how that barrel springs up:
P.S: On reflection - I guess that a small framed revolver in perhaps .32" (327 Federal Magnum?) - .38" or .22" caliber might also suit strength and function impaired shooters in a similar fashion. The only remaining limiting factor would then be the required trigger pressure.
6 Shot Ruger LCR 327 Federal Magnum.
- Can Also Fire 32 ACPM.K.