By David Freeman
These two pistols are similar in design, though more than a decade apart in orginal manufacture. Both were designed by Beretta and originally manufacturered by Beretta. However the Cougar 8000 was discontinued by Beretta some years back and in recent years returned to production by Stoeger, a Beretta subsidiary who manufactures the guns in Turkey.
The two firearms share a unique design–a short-recoil, locked-breech system that uses a rotating barrel. When the gun is fired, the recoil impulse pushes the slide and barrel to the rear. After a short movement, the barrel is revolved by cam action against what is called the central block tooth, which is best described as an angled protrusion on the top of the locking or central block. This block rides on the recoil spring and guide rod inside the frame, turning the barrel as it moves back and forth. This unlocks the barrel, allowing the fired case to eject and then chambering a new round. This rotating design keeps the barrel in alignment with the target, potentially creating a more intrinsically accurate firearm. The barrel is throated and the frame relieved so that the chamber will accept a wide variety of bullet styles, reliably keeping feed malfunctions to a minimum.
The models compared here are 9mm models, both were purchased in 2009 from Academy Sports. The Cougar retailed for $399. The Storm retailed for $519. The Cougar is all metal, the Storm has a Polymer lower housing.
Here other some other comparisons:
|Stoeger Cougar 8000||Beretta PX-4 Storm|
|Weight (loaded)||28.5 oz||29 oz.|
Before we get to the photos, I must tell you that these two guns have been totally flawless in operation. We’ve fired hundreds of rounds of Winchester White Box, Federal, Monarch, and Remington FMJ ammo through them and several brands of JHP, including Winchester, Magtech and Hornady. Both guns are a pleasure to shoot. They are Double/Single Action, hammer-fired pistols with an external safety on the slide. Double-action trigger pull is very comfortable and the single action trigger pull is very light. Both are very accurate out to 25 yards, shooting groups as tight as we can hold them.Hopefully, these pictures will help you with the subtle differences and the similarities.