Stoeger Cougar 8000


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Arsyx
November 1, 2007, 03:31 AM
Hello THR, once again I need your knowledge on firearms. While browsing the forum I fell upon a 340 dollar handgun that looks great. I've always wanted to buy a handgun in which I wouldn't be bothered if the holster caused the finish to rub off. My problem is I wonder if this thing is dependable, or if it's picky on ammunition? Has anyone fired one of these handguns before?

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balin
November 1, 2007, 06:16 AM
Mine eats up anything I put in it. Very accurate. I have nothing but good things to say about them..........especially for the price

YosemiteSam357
November 1, 2007, 12:45 PM
balin's experience mirrors everything I've read about this gun. One of the great values currently out there.

Beretta "outsourced"/sold this model name to Stoeger (http://www.stoegerindustries.com/firearms/cougar8000.tpl) a few years ago, and they in turn are having the gun made in Turkey, and that's why it's such a bargain. When they were Italian made they were $500-600 guns.

Turkey is really coming up in the manufacturing world, and this outsourcing of guns by other makers is a trend that's just going to increase. My experience with current production Turkish guns is great, in my Armalite AR-24. My Springfield XD was made in Croatia. Remington is reselling Baikal shotguns. Get used to it.

The only downside to the Cougar I can see is that it's a little heavy for what I want in a gun that size. But then, that's why they make polymer guns.

-- Sam

Neophyte1
November 1, 2007, 12:46 PM
I have researched the 'mess' out of this one. It is a Beretta with Stoeger 8000 on it. I have it on my list to have. All info. points it into the must have.
Beretta is the 'service center'

hexidismal
November 1, 2007, 12:49 PM
Unfortunately I've never had the opportunity to see one. I've been waiting for a local store to carry them, but none have shown up around here yet. I continue to hear nothing but good things, I just wish I could get a look for myself.

I've been wondering if maybe they don't offer a model with a 10 round mag for NY, and perhaps that's why they aren't here.

hexidismal
November 1, 2007, 01:04 PM
After that last post I thought.. well why not just call and ask. So, I just called Benelli and the very nice woman I spoke to confirmed that is the reason. They aren't producing 10 rounds mags, but they may in the future. So, no cougar for me.

On a side note. nice and fast customer service over at Benelli/Stoeger on the phone though.

berettashotgun
November 1, 2007, 01:32 PM
10 rd. mags for the cougar are everywhere.
CDNN has a'plenty.

hexidismal
November 1, 2007, 01:41 PM
Well, yeah, but they aren't being shipped with 10 rounders. Which means that NY shops won't get the guns.

Kymasabe
November 1, 2007, 11:28 PM
I had the .40cal and the 9mm, sold them both in a cash crunch, wish I hadn't, they were great guns and very, very accurate.

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