Stoeger Cougar 9mm

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by SGT-MILLER, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    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.


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  2. 8000F

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    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...
     

  3. AsmelEduardo

    AsmelEduardo New Member

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    It's one of the best kept secrets from Beretta.... they just move all the machinery and tools to make Cougars from Italy to their Turkish plant, "Stöeger", in here they don't spend one day in the shelves, it's the best bang for the buck for a brand new Cougar....
    The Cougar it's a very good firearm specially the 9mm...
    Stöeger make shotguns with the same machinery and QC that Beretta have in Italy.... their Benelli Novas are indentical, and the M3 Super 90 too... without the price tag...
     
  4. mwsfarm

    mwsfarm New Member

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    I really like mine- its a great gun for the money, It is one of those ultra-reliable guns that is within easy reach.
     
  5. Bigcat_hunter

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    I used to have Beretta cougar and it was the nicest pistol I have ever owned. I had to sell it. I tried to find another with no luck.

    As for Stoeger,...I have one of there shotguns. A Beretta 390 or AL 391, errr...I mean a...Stoeger 2000. I cant say anything bad about it. I did have to use it for a boat paddle once, and it shot after words.
     
  6. Bighead

    Bighead New Member

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    Can you guys discuss the rotating barrel system?
     
  7. 8000F

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    I'm putting a link below that will help a little...Also, the Cougar was designed to be a 40 and as such, a 9mm in a Cougar should last forever...

    Beretta 8000 Cougar in GunsWorld
     
  8. Mac79912

    Mac79912 New Member

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    I wanted one but when I got back to the dealer someone beat me too the gun.I was super pissed because I told the guy I was going to an ATM and it only took me 20 minutes.I will never buy from his shop ever again.:mad:
     
  9. notamoocher

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    Got one in lay-a-way at my local gun shop. CDNN has 15rd mags $17.99 and you get free 2-mag pouch. Already got mags and holster just waiting to pick up gun.
     
  10. group17

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    A gun for less than $400 that has been totally reliable.
    Poor quality? Not from my experience. It's a keeper!
     
  11. notamoocher

    notamoocher New Member

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    really nice

    Picked up my cougar Sept. 15th got it out in the backyard today some. This gun is really nice. I am not a great pistol shooter, and this guns makes me better. Great trigger, nice balance and perfect function. Does feel like less recoil than my XD. My's the 9mm in black. The mags and holster from CDNN worked fine. My son a great shooter can't wait for him to try it.
     
  12. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I had not heard of the Stoeger handguns, so I went onto Youtube. Here is two, kind of long winded reviews.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bEwRXMemUI]YouTube - Stoeger Cougar Review Part 1[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsPSQdzv8eU&NR=1]YouTube - Stoeger Cougar Review Part 2[/ame]
     
  13. theicemanmpls

    theicemanmpls New Member

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    made in Turkey

    As everyone knows Turkey is a Muslim country. I don't have any issue with anything made by mooselems. I have read some of the anti Islam, and anti Muslim rants on this and other gun related sites. With all that rant, and other words, i won't use right now, why would anyone want a pistol made by Muslims?

    If this particular firearm functions, and looks like the Berretta at a sharply reduced cost, I want one. I don't care who made it.

    I try to buy only American made firearms. Sometimes, as in this case, a deal is a deal.
     
  14. JBPDXOR

    JBPDXOR New Member

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    I have owned and shot my Stoeger Cougar 8000 for over a year now without any issues. No FTE, FTF or magazine issues after shooting at least 1500 rounds.

    Remember, the Beretta Cougar was NATO listed from 1994 to 2004, 30,000 rounds fired without any issues.

    Here is a good site which shows pictures and compares the Cougar with Beretta's 92FS;
    http://members.cox.net/waynesfirearms/htm/8000F.html
     
  15. group17

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    We were at war with Japan and I drive a Honda (Made in USA). I have a German manufactured SIG and a Braun coffee maker. Italian manufactured Beretta and love a good bottle of Chianti. My choice.
    Turkey is an ally of the US not an enemy nation. How do you know the religion of the guy putting your US manufactured weapon together?
     
  16. 407Rebel

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    I can say from first hand experience that the Stoeger Cougar is one hell of a gun at a great price. I bought one on 09/22 from BPS Orlando for $450 and change. I had heard what a bargain and all so I decided to check them out. I looked at the 8000 in black. I also took a quick turn with the Storm. I was unable to tell a difference in quality as far as fit and finish is concerned between the two guns. The Storm was selling for $539 and the Stoeger was from just eyeballing the guns at least an equal to the Storm. Sold.
    I took it home and cleaned it. On 09/25 I took it to the range and ran some PMC and Federal FMJ through it. Ate it all without even a burp. Accurate and functioned like a dream. Not one FTE or FTF. I decided to slam a few Ranger talons and Hydra-shoks through her just to see and it ate them as well. I was pleased with the muzzle flip and general recoil of the Cougar.
    I own a Ruger 89 (my first gun), Browning BDA, Glock 19, CZ 2075, and the Stoeger Cougar. The CZ and the BDA are easily my favorites, but the Cougar is a damn fine gun and stacks up with them. The Stoeger is the best bargain on the market right now.
    As a side note, the Stoeger is a bit heavy and not of a nice size for a CCW weapon. For the house or the car it would be a fine choice.
     
  17. cluznar

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    DON'T pass up a chance to own a Stoeger Cougar 9mm. I have the compact version (same only shorter grip holds 13 rounds) and it is one fine gun. Accurate, low recoil, dependable, easy to shoot. The Cougar does not get enough recognition, it is a high quality firearm for a moderate price. GET ONE you will be glad you did. ;)
     
  18. vulgar_hands

    vulgar_hands New Member

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    I've wanted one of these for a while. I just haven't been able to pull the trigger on the right deal. I really need to look into getting one.
     
  19. Westy

    Westy New Member

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    I have two of the Beretta Cougars, one in .45 ACP and the other in 9mm. Both great guns!
     
  20. BobbyBJr

    BobbyBJr New Member

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    I have one in 45 and one in 40 and love them both. I carry the 40 using a IWB Old Faithful holster without any problems. Both shoot very well and are accurate. My girlfriend shoots both just fine too. I've seen the 9, but have resisted the urge to purchase one thus far.

    Bobby