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Posted: 1/30/2006 12:49:36 AM EDT
I'm looking at adding a Cougar, probably 9mm, to my collection. One of the models I liked in the past was the Cougar but I've never shot one. What's your experience with it? Any problems? Likes/dislikes?

Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:18:19 PM EDT
It is a heavy gun......but so is the 92 series.

I carry a full size and the mini. Both are in 9. No problems with either piece.

Their lack of popularity and recent discontinuation has kept the price down. I picked up the mini slightly used at 350.

The shorter design is what sold me......now accessories aren't real common, but they are out there.

I just wished I picked up an Inox...
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:26:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RDP:
It is a heavy gun......but so is the 92 series.

I carry a full size and the mini. Both are in 9. No problems with either piece.

Their lack of popularity and recent discontinuation has kept the price down. I picked up the mini slightly used at 350.

The shorter design is what sold me......now accessories aren't real common, but they are out there.

I just wished I picked up an Inox...



I've seen a few INOX ones up for sale. They sure ain't cheap. Other options I'm considering are a 1911 in 9mm, if I could find a decent one, or a 92 series.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 3:34:28 PM EDT
For carry I prefer the Cougar.......

It is shorter, and even the mini does fit in my front pocket (loose jeans). All it is is a regular full size gun with a cut down grip.

The failure to actually make a mini that was smaller may have hurt them trying to market it as a back up gun for LE.

I have carried it for work for 7+ yrs.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 12:17:13 AM EDT
I owned a 40 cougar right after it was released several years ago. It was a reliable pistol. Its accuracy was not that great compared to my other 40's I owned at the time. But it was acceptable. (4 to 5 inch groups at 25 yards) I sold it because I needed cash. But if you like Beretta pistols its not a bad choice.
Pat
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:54:32 PM EDT
I currently own one and wonder why they are not popular. I am trying to decide if I want to use it as my CCW or buy a 229. I have the 9mm, super small model -- love the size, weight, and capacity.

It is one of the best "compact," yet metal guns that I've seen thus far on the market -- in my opinion. The feel to me is excellent, and I consider it sort of a collectable piece, not for value but for intrigue, as I have rarely seen them in gun stores around my area.

I've tried 1911s, XDs, CZs, Browning autos, Sigs, 92f/s, ect.. but the feel of the cougar fits well with my hand. Then again, I am biased, because I do not like the feel of boxy or polymer guns.

I suggest you try to find one to rent and try it out.

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Cougar 8000 L vs 229? - I love them both and can't decide!
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 11:05:21 AM EDT
Buy the new Beretta 9mm Px4
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 11:58:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sphinx:
Buy the new Beretta 9mm Px4



Link Posted: 2/2/2006 3:23:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sphinx:
Buy the new Beretta 9mm Px4




Link Posted: 2/2/2006 4:07:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 4:07:58 PM EDT by Dog1]
I have all three, 8000, 8040 and an 8045.

The 8040 is a daily carry and I love it. For me it's well balanced, accurate and scary reliable. I have never had any of my Cougars go down that was gun related. The only time I had a failure it was ammo related.

They are a tad heavy, but that does not bother me. I was lucky to snatch up both the 8040 and the 8000 for under $350 and $325, (the 8000 was like new, hardley fired and never carried), each and the .45 was $400. It was a demo model with night sights.

The 8000 has the best ergos of them all and CDNN has hi-caps for like $20 each.

I once traded off my 8045 to a friend and I regretted it..I was lucky enough to get him to trade it back to me for a Walther...

I'll never let mine go..
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 6:02:41 PM EDT
Dog1, Thank you. That's pretty much what I wanted to hear. I should've bought one when they first came out.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:35:53 AM EDT
It's funny..back in '96 I went to California to see my brother. I went to a local range there and rented a Cougar 8000 to shoot.

At that time I was big into HK's, I had a P9S, P7M13, P7M8, 2 USP's and a VP70 I found at a local gunshop for $300!

I was not until '99 that I got the 8045, because I was in the market for a .45, but not a 1911.

Get one if you get the chance, you won't be sorry..
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