I returned to shooting at all less than four years ago. I began to shoot again using a very nice, near new S&W Mod 67 .38. After a short while I began to think I wanted a semi-auto of some sort to carry, something that wouldn't imprint like the larger wheel gun. After a LOT of hand wringing and reading, I bought a Stoeger Cougar. I just could NOT beat the price at under $300 new, and about $320 after mailing and paying my FFL fee. Mine is in 40 caliber. The Cougar is a very smooth shooting pistol with little felt recoil and near-negligible muzzle flip. I feel it is gentler to shoot than the Smith & Wessons I have owned in the past with the exception of the Model 10 with it's heavy barrel. The Cougar is exactly what I had hoped it would be: a Beretta in all but the front end name! I own three magazines for it now, and went to the manufacturer's website (www.stoegerindustries.com). To my surprise the pistol is NOT listed on the website. I sent Stoeger an inquiry about the pistol and two days later got a short reply that they were no longer manufacturing the Cougar at all. So it's "coke bottle" guns for all in the future, I guess.