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Old 06-17-2009, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default Anyone Familiar With The Beretta Cougar?

I picked up a super clean Beretta 8045 Cougar today. I had seen the Cougar in .40 and 9mm before but not .45ACP. I was wanting a compact size .45, so I grabbed this one. It seems to be a pretty nice pistol.

Anyhow, are any of you gents familiar with the Cougar and in particular the .45 model? I'm finding a bunch of nothing with google. Anyway, I would defer to your judgment before some strangers opinion.

Anybody?

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BTW, I know that search is our friend, but I couldn't find anything on the .45ACP Cougar.

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Congratulations

Found these off Dogpile. The last link is Dogpile. Great search engine.

Beretta Mini Cougar 45

Beretta 8000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Beretta 8045 - Dogpile Web Search

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Thanks Jo. I forgot about dogpile. I'll have to add it to my favorites. It must've dropped off somehow.

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Anybody with any experience with the Cougar, particularly the 8045?

The write ups seem pretty good. The only knock seems to be magazine capacity. I though higher cap mags were available...

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I've handled them at SHOT, but I have never field tested them. They seem like a solid piece, though I believe the steel slide and aluminum frame are going to offer the same rock and rattle that made the M9/92/96 series a problem after a few thousand rounds.

As a basic CC weapon I think it would most probably last you a good long time CA.

How some pictures and a range report?

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Sure, I'll be happy to post pics and a range report. After ten days when I can get it out of Gun Jail. California ten day waiting period you know.

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I picked up a super clean Beretta 8045 Cougar today. I had seen the Cougar in .40 and 9mm before but not .45ACP. I was wanting a compact size .45, so I grabbed this one. It seems to be a pretty nice pistol.

Anyhow, are any of you gents familiar with the Cougar and in particular the .45 model? I'm finding a bunch of nothing with google. Anyway, I would defer to your judgment before some strangers opinion.

Anybody?
I don't have the .45 but I do have the .40 version. Actually it is the mini-Cougar (8040) It's called the "mini" because it comes with a short 8 rd. mag which makes it very concealable but doesn't have sufficient finger purchase, and it comes with a 10 rd. mag with a grip extension which makes it a full-sized Cougar. I bought it in 1999 for $550 and have put about 1500 rds. through it. It's not a 25yd. gun, but I didn't buy it for target shooting. It's extremely well made and solid and I like it, despite it's weight. The design is solid and supposedly more accurate due to the locking axial rotation of the barrel via the double cam acting on a tooth on the central block, securely locking the slide to the barrel. I have not had any jams during the entire time I've owned it. The new ones are made by Stoeger and are considerably less money, though I have read reviews claiming the finish is not as nice as the originals made in Italy. You should enjoy it!
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Thanks RL.

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ca, 6/18/09

I have had a 8045 mincougar for about a year now. By coincidence I am wearing it now as I type. It has about a thousand rounds of FMJ and hollow point ammo through it without any problems. Boringly reliable and accurate. Mine takes six round and eight round mags. Hard to go wrong with an 8045. Good luck.

best wishes- oldandslow

ps- if you take a look at the beretta forum (Welcome to the Beretta Forum) info on the 8045 comes up fairly often.

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