Beretta Cougar ... Opinions?


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todd-45
September 24, 2006, 08:53 PM
I would like to know the opinions of those who know the Beretta Cougar 8000F in 9mm. I've got only one Beretta, a 96. If it's as reliable and smooth I'll be pleased.

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Zero_DgZ
September 24, 2006, 09:29 PM
No longer manufactured: Parts and magazines are already an issue from what I understand.

My guy at the gun shop said they're great, reliable, and eerily accurate guns if you can find one. Emphasis on the if.

berettaman
September 24, 2006, 09:43 PM
No longer manufactured: Parts and magazines are already an issue from what I understand.

Not so fast there. ;) Beretta has stopped manufacturing them under the Beretta name,however they shifted the production over to their Stoeger factory. Same great quality and yes the Cougars are really sweet soft shooting guns. I own or have owned every Cougar model at one time or another.My Cougar L was my daily carry untill the new Px4 came out.I still have my 8045 and although I don't shoot it very much since it's a Cat-Pac/limited addition,it's a pure orgasmic experience.

Croyance
September 24, 2006, 10:12 PM
They aren't just making them in Turkey, from what I understand it is made on the same equiptment. They just shipped it over.

10-Ring
September 24, 2006, 10:40 PM
In the Beretta line up, I prefer the 92 series of guns (including the 96) but I've never had any problems I'd consider a deal breaker if I were considering another one of their guns. The Cougar should be a good performer.

mr.trooper
September 25, 2006, 02:02 AM
After inspection of a Beretta Cougar 8040 mini, and the new Steoger Cougar in 9mm i cant see any real differences in fit and finish. They appear to be the same gun with a different logo on the grips.

Glockensig
September 25, 2006, 02:23 AM
Any links to a Stoeger 8000 picture/ article?? and , do they make a 357 sig version like beretta did?

MadMercS55
September 25, 2006, 12:25 PM
I fired the Cougar in 9mm and .45 and liked the both. I was going to buy one in 9mm, then the PX4 came out and I liked that a little better than the Cougar, even though they are similar, the PX4 had a better feel to it for me. Both Cougars I fired were rental guns and not well cared for, I put 300rnds through each one and both never failed in any way and were very accurate and soft shooting. I have looked at the new ones from Turkey and have mixed feelings on them. The samples I've seen had a different\cheaper look to them than the original Cougars I've handled.

Croyance
September 25, 2006, 10:04 PM
The PX4's mechanics are based in part on the Cougar, though the trigger mechanism is said to be improved, as is accuracy. That was from the Beretta factory rep, so take it for what it is worth.

I like the Cougar over the PX4, though it is heavier. I actually like each, but like the smaller size of the Cougar.

made2cut
September 26, 2006, 10:08 AM
I love my 8000. It's been as reliable as my 92fs which is perfect. I like shooting it as much or more than any gun I own. A 8045 has been on my short list for a while now.

Flame Red
September 26, 2006, 10:46 AM
I have an 8045, and it is totally reliable, eats any ammo and is pleasant to shoot.

Marshall
September 26, 2006, 11:26 AM
Less expensive now?

Snake Eyes
September 26, 2006, 11:33 AM
Does the PX4 use the same, rotating barrel lock-up as the Cougar?

Gixerman1000
September 26, 2006, 07:39 PM
I own a Beretta 8000F Cougar INOX 9mm (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/Gixerman1000/Handguns/Beretta8000FINOX.jpg) that has been a great shooting pistol, it's accurate, has light recoil and has functioned 100% perfectly with every thing I've put through it.

bg226
September 26, 2006, 08:19 PM
Does the PX4 use the same, rotating barrel lock-up as the Cougar?

Yes, the Px4 uses the same rotating barrel locking system as the Cougar. The Px4 is a very nice pistol.

Jon Coppenbarger
September 27, 2006, 08:28 AM
I picked up a Beretta cougar in 357 sig over the weekend. I have not shot it yet but should take care of that shortly. It seems to be a very well built handgun that I would like to use as a carry gun sometimes.
I sold my glock 30 about 3 years ago when I bought my Styer M40 and have carried the Styer ever since. But I am always looking for something better.

would of bought the Cougar in any caliber but the 357 sig came up.
Will go out and put a few rounds threw it and repost later in the week.
Jon

P99guy
September 27, 2006, 09:56 AM
When the Couger was first introduced, my dept. tested them in 9mm against the Beretta M92SB-F 9mm's(124 gr HydraShok) that we were carrying for possible adoption for officers with small hands (that was a main selling point that Beretta was making about them at the time) But we found with 4 examples of that early manufacture that we tested,
that they were noticably LESS accurate than our 92's were...and were rejected from adoption.
I assume they improved that in later produced pistols judging by the positive comments by the membership here.

Cousin Mike
September 27, 2006, 10:02 AM
I have the 8000D - DAO 9mm. It's an excellent pistol. It's an especially wonderful pistol for teaching new shooters. I find I don't care for DAO triggers much, so it's mainly a range gun... but every once in a while it'll slip itself into a holster and ride along with me somewhere. I'd love to get my hands on an 8045, or the .357Sig version - but the 9mm is fine by me for SD/carry. Seems to kick a little to the right due to the rotating barrel, but it's nothing to worry about.

TOU
September 29, 2006, 02:26 AM
Any links to a Stoeger 8000 picture/ article?? and , do they make a 357 sig version like beretta did?


Try this thread...

Link: Stoeger 8000 (http://www.berettaforum.net/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=6;t=013583#000000)

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