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Beretta Couger 8000 and Sig 228 - Which do I prefer?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Frandy, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. Frandy

    Frandy Well-Known Member

    I bought the Couger (LNIB) only a month ago and put around 500 rounds through it. The 228 (NIB) has only 150 rounds through it, having gotten it Fridy and shooting it for the first time yesterday. Two new 9mm pistols in my stable.

    Obviously, these pistols have differences, particularly in their weight with the Couger at 937 grams unloaded and the 228 at 845. The sight radus of the Couger is a bit shorter and the grip feels a bit more substantial in the hand from front to back. And, of course, the Beretta has the rotating barrel that some really dislike (not me).

    The similarities? Both shoot really well. Each feels great in my hands and recoil is negligible. Both have functioned perfectly thus far in their short lives and have been a joy to shoot.

    I haven't fired them side by side yet, but that should happen Tuesday evening. I'm really eager to see if I have a preference for one over the other. Right now, I am equally pleased with them. Sure, the 228 is already a classic and on many forums people sing their praises. I do too (I like my 226 also!), But, as maligned as it is, the 8000 is also a pretty fine combat/police pistol. Two thumbs up.

    There, I feel better. :p


  2. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Well-Known Member

    I had an 8045 that I liked well enough but for one thing - the slide mounted safety/decocker. It was accurate, good fit & finish, reliable, decent trigger, I just don't like push-up slide safeties. Must be an upbringing thing or sumpin', so I ditched it, along with a ss 92. I have no problem with Berettas, I think they're a quality firearm, except for the ergonomics - dumbassed slided safeties just don't work for me. I have several SIGs (love my SIGs), a couple of H&K's & 1911's and a CZ. JMB had it right IMO, if one must have an exteranl safety.
  3. Frandy

    Frandy Well-Known Member

    Yup, certainly should have mentioned that most obvious difference. :p

    It will take practice getting used to that reversed decocker/safety but I have to admit that when drawing to fire, I find the push-up action to be fast and logical.


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