this is my email to david olhasso a competition shooter champion who used to shot for beretta.
i am looking to get into idpa comps. i shoot every other week and i am getting a stoeger cougar i like the trigger and it seems to be a really good gun. i have heard that you shoot idpa with a stoeger cougar or did, what did you have done to you cougar or what should i do to it before getting into idpa? also how did the aluminum frame hold up to wear and tear?
also why did you like this gun? i have my reasons but what was yours please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
this is his answer.
When I shot for beretta, I thought the cougar was the best gun in their lineup. Unfortunately, beretta never supported the gun properly and they never made a 5" version of the gun. The rotating barrel is much more accurate than the 92/90-two variants and is a very good platform. Again, unfortunately, with such a short barrel, it is not at all ideal for competition at the highest level. When competing, I use a 5" barreled gun which give me the best possible accuracy potential due to the longer sight radius. Yes the cougar is more accurate, but with such a short sight picture, it is harder for the shooter to be accurate enough under stress.
As for the aluminum frame: it is made from the same aluminium that is an integral part of the M9 and M9A1 that have been used by the armed forces since 86. There are some shortcoming to the 92, but the frame is definitely not one.