Originally Posted by SGT-MILLER
Ok, I have a question.
What is the quality of the Cougar 9mm pistols?
Almost every single firearms dealer has these in my town for around 399 dollars.
Some of the dealers say they are poor quality, but others say they work very adequately.
BUY IT! BUY IT! BUY IT!
The quality is top drawer..Beretta in Italy, where all the Cougars used to be made, and sold for over $500 were as good as anything Beretta made.
When the stopped making them due to labor costs driving the price higher and higher, they shipped all the manufacturing equipment, drawings & specs to Turkey and created a Stoeger facility there..LOWER LABOR COSTS! The cosmetic finish is almost as good, fit and function is the same and the price is almost half. Plus, Beretta currently has Cougar 9mm mags on sale for $19.99 & CDNN has Beretta Cougar 40 mags for $24,99.
I bought one last week and after shooting it today, went and bought it's brother. Both are 9mm and I've already gotten extra mags from Beretta and a set of wood grips on the way. Guess I will need to order another set. ALL METAL PARTS, and compared to my Beretta Cougar, the difference in the finish is Beretta A+ and Stoeger A-...The ONLY difference I have found is the front sight on the Stoeger sit a little higher on the top of slide than the Beretta does..Enough space under front edge and rear edge of sight on either side of dovetail (looking front to rear) is match book cover thickness. Just looks different, both Beretta & Stoeger shoot the same.
As time and money allows, I intend to fill my house and cars with them...That will make mags, holsters and ammo all common to one gun...But, act soon, the price is already going up on this jewell of a gun...