If I would have bought my Cougar 40 before the XDm 40 I would have never bought the XDm. My Cougar is the most accurate centerfire pistol I've owned. Point shooting at 18-20 feet puts all shots within a paper plate size area. Due to the rotary lock up barrel the pistol doesn't seem to have all that much barrel rise so follow up shots easily remain on target. As far as I'm concerned they are a quality firearm for a very reasonable price.
I agree. My Stoeger 8040 Cougar is the gun I prefer to carry unless some special circumstance requires something else. It is the most accurate semi-auto I own, sturdy, and a good OAL (7.2") for general purpose carry. Great gun for a great price.
I own a .40 cougar and its ultra reliable = has more creep in the trigger than my skill saw but its a carry weapon so I guess thats a good thing. I actually use it for practicing my trigger control because I do some competitive shooting and it really helps when I shoot my Glock with (not factory trigger) if the stoeger has the same quality as the Beretta I say BUY IT!!!!! Just remember what I said bout the trigger.
Got it out yesterday and shot a few mags thru it. This is one of my alltime favorites. I have wanted to pick up my sons a 9mm for Christmas and believe I'll get my local dealer to start trying and find me a couple of them.