Stoeger Cougar 8000: looking for opinions


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FieroCDSP
August 21, 2007, 09:52 PM
Hi, folks. I picked up a Stoeger Cougar last Saturday, and just wanted to toss up an opinion and get others' experiences and opinions.

I was initially looking into the store's price on a Taurus pt92, to compare to a used price I'd seen at my local store, but after finding they were out of them, I had to make do with browsing, and firmly convinced I was not going to spend any money now.
After much browsing and soul-searching, I finally asked to take a look at the Cougar. My first impression was that it seemed cheap. After all, a $329 semi-auto 9mm from a foreign company.... Maybe I'm spoiled on Smiths...

Anyway...The weight surprised me, but likely because I'm used to polymer frames. Even empty and aluminum framed, it's a good chunk of weight. The grip seemed to fit my hand okay, resting firmly on the middle pads of my middle and ring fingers and the web of my hand choked up naturally on the backstrap against the abbreviated tail.
Unlike some other pistols, I can reach and actuate the mag-release with a very slight turning of the muzzle to the left. This was the sole reason I passed on a Ruger P89...I had difficuly working it and had to turn the gun almost seventyto eighty degrees to get it right. I'm sure with practice it would work out, but I wasn't interested in changing that habit.
The SA/DA action is nice. In SA it's a light and fairly crisp break. In DA it's stout, even more than my Sigma, but it's a smooth and consistant pull. During my first hundred rounds, I found it to be managable in the hands with quick return time on the sights.
I took a few moments to try out drawing the weapon and flipping the safety off. The safety flips up and is easy to nudge off with your thumb as your hands come up and into position. Pulling it back down to the de-cock position requires tilting left roughly 25-30 degrees. A minor issue, as safeing the weapon means the threat is likely gone.

The hundred rounds i put through it were swift and without incident, with the exception of user error. I detail stripped the weapon the night I bought it, and had trouple piecing it back together after being drawn away for several hours. I placed the trigger bar spring in backwards, preventing it from locking in. After 75 rounds, it popped out and into the mag-well, preventing it from firing. A screwdriver was all I needed to repair it the proper way and the remainder of the ammunition was trouble free.

It cleaned up nicely with the over-sized P-B and nylon brushes and patch rod that were included with it behind the foam padding. If anyone can tell me what that Stoeger emblemed, double-sided cup-holder thingy that came in the case with it is, I'd appreciate it.

I only later (while I was trying to piece it back together) read that it's actually the same gun as the Beretta Cougar, just manufactured by the same machines in a different country. One can hardly complain about getting a Beretta for half-price.

All in all, I'd say I got my money's worth, maybe more. I pulled the tightest group of my life near the end of my shooting session, and what seemed like a cheap alternative to what I've been wanting (Walther P99), has turned into a definite keeper. Now I just need to stock up on 9mm reloading supplies.

Anyone else'd experiences or thoughts?

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KrankyKraut
August 22, 2007, 01:32 AM
The Cougar 8040 (.40 S&W) is on my to buy list if and when it becomes legal in CA. At the $370 MSRP it's too good an idea to pass up. And it looks good, to boot.

Hiccup.Master
August 22, 2007, 02:54 PM
The Stoeger Cougar was my first hand gun purchase, a 21st birthday present to myself. After have putting close to 1,000 rounds through it, I could go with this as my only hand gun I ever buy. I would really only like to add a nice 1911 to my collection of fire arms. I've shot quite a few different hand guns of my dad's and his friends, and my 2 favorites are deff the 1911 and the cougar.

Same friend of my dad's, his brother has a Berreta Cougar he brough with him one time, we stripped it down and compared the 2, they're like identical twins.

If anyone can tell me what that Stoeger emblemed, double-sided cup-holder thingy that came in the case with it is, I'd appreciate it.

I had this same question, and it's only for show, not real purpose for it. I think I asked this same question either here, or on the beretta forums and we came up with a list of possible uses for it.

FieroCDSP
August 23, 2007, 12:16 AM
The lack of replies had me thinking I was the only person to ever buy one. :D
Thanks for chiming in.

Hiccup.Master
August 23, 2007, 04:19 PM
I'm suprised more people don't have one, It's cheap and scary accurate.

Not to mention the rotating barrel design is very interesting, if I was an avid gun collector with money to spare I would pick one up just for that fact alone.

Kymasabe
August 23, 2007, 07:45 PM
Loved mine...here's my range report on the .40cal
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=232208&highlight=stoeger+cougar

JohnnyOrygun
March 29, 2008, 09:49 PM
Excellent post, I love my Cougar. It's a very nice little gun and in my opinion a very good CCW. Its not too heavy, at least compared to my SA Government Model. It really fits my hand very well and I have large hands. I think that buying one of these little Cougars is a real no brainer, at least IMHO

JHansenAK47
March 30, 2008, 10:42 AM
I'm suprised more people don't have one, It's cheap and scary accurate. They are backordered where I live. I was quoted at a minimum 3 month wait and told it was probably going to be significantly longer than that. I got a Beretta Cougar and my friend has the Stoeger, guess everything works out in the end.

DawgFvr
March 30, 2008, 02:25 PM
I just purchased one last week...looks like a finely made weapon...I am cleaning today and going out to the range this afternoon. I will post a range report shortly.

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