Beretta 8000

The Beretta 8000 (Cougar) series pistols are produced and manufactured by Beretta of Italy.
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The Beretta 8000 (Cougar) series pistols are produced and manufactured by Beretta of Italy.

The Beretta 8000 first appeared on the market in 1994 as a more compact alternative to the full-sized and dependable Beretta 92 service pistol in order to offer a compromise between ease of carry, concealability, firepower, and accuracy.

The Beretta 8000 was originally developed for the .40S&W cartridge, which was a relatively new cartridge at the time. The pistol was later also manufactured in other calibers, such as 9 x 19 mm, .357 SIG and .45 ACP. These Berretta 8000 pistols are suitable for use by civilian and police for self-defense.

Description

Beretta Cougar 8000 series pistols are locked breech, recoil operated semiautomatic pistols. These handguns utilize a relatively rare rotating barrel locking system. It is in this system that one barrel rotates on recoil to effectively unlock itself from the slide. The pistol's rotating motion of the barrel is tightly controlled by the stud on the bottom of the weapon. This stud follows the cam track within the steel frame insert. The Beretta 8000 decreases stress on the frame and peak recoil by an insert that is mounted on the recoil spring and is buffered. The frame of the Beretta 8000 is constructed from a very lightweight aluminum alloy. The traditional version of the of the Cougar is known as the F model. This model has a double action trigger and a non concealed hammer. It also includes an ambidextrous safety / decocker levers, positioned on the slide of the weapon. The D version of the weapon is double action only, and therefore has a spurless hammer and is without safety / decocker levers. The Beretta 8000 Cougar utilizes a double stack magazine system in .40, .357 and 9mm calibers and in .45 caliber models uses a single stack magazine.

Variants

The Beretta 8000 series pistol comes available in multiple calibers in selected F, G or D designations.

Calibers

* 8000: 9 x 19 mm, 15-round Beretta magazine capacity
* 8000L: 9 x 19 mm, lighter, more compact, Beretta 13-round magazine capacity
* 8000L Type P: 9 x 19 mm, lighter, more compact,15-round Beretta magazine capacity
* 8357: .357 SIG, 11-round Beretta magazine capacity
* 8040: .40 S&W, 11-round Beretta magazine capacity
* 8045: .45 ACP, 8-round Beretta magazine capacity

F configuration

The F configuration is the basic version of the pistol with double action trigger, ambidextrous safety/decocking and an exposed hammer (located on the slide).

D configuration

The D configuration is double action only ("DAO") with no safety/decocking levers and a spurless hammer.

G configuration

The G configuration is both DA/SA variant with a unique "decock" only feature. The pistol features an exposed hammer including an ambidextrous decocking levers (on the slide). There is no safety feature on this model.

Mini Cougar

The Beretta 8000, 8040 and 8045 come in a Mini size variant weighing about 140 g less than competitive models also with a barrel that is nearly 25mm shorter. This type of variant also comes in D and F configurations.

Inox

Several of the models are available in an Inox variant which comes with a stainless steel barrel, slide and other parts.

8045 Cougar

The Beretta Cougar 8045 was produced between 1998 and 2004 in the D and F specifications. The Mini 8045Cougar was also manufactured in similar configurations. It was not produced in the G configuration.

8045 Cat Pack

Beretta USA showcased the 2000 special edition kits to accompany the Beretta 8045F Cougar in 1999. Within the kit of the 8045F, included a special edition case as well as charcoal laminate grips with inlaid cougar medallions and a lapel pin. Numerous kits were sold but no full fingers wee released.

8045 LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department received a special 8045F from Beretta USA. Beretta positioned a 4" barrel on the weapon pursuant to the LAPD's requirements.

Stoeger Cougar

The Cougar is now manufactured by Stoegar which is a subsidiary of Beretta. Stoeger produces Cougars in Turkey in the 9x19mm and .40S&W cartridge. Beretta USA imports the Stoegar Cougar from Turkey.

11 Comments

6 years 27 weeks ago, 1:54 PM

Anonymous

Stoeger Cougar 8000

This is the best hi cap nine on the market for the price, especially if you get one for under $400. Its large for CCW, but I manage and Im 5' 10", 155lbs. This gun is utterly reliable, not a problem in over 1000 rnds. Ive had two inexperianced handgun shooters let there hands ride up on the grip and engage the slide stop on accident. I was also able to recreate this using that god awefull supporting hand thumb forward grip that seems to be all the rage latley, so watch that slide stop and remember, when it comes to combat handgunery, hang on to your piece for dear life! Its also NATO qualified, I think a lot of people dont know this. That means these guns are pretty damn good if they passed the same tests as the PO1 (CZ75) and the G17. Hi cap OEM mags are hard to come by and pricey, but Im sure somebody (hopefully MecGar) will come out with OEM standard hi caps for them soon, considering how fast the cougars are selling. You can get Pro Mags, but I would not use those for CCW, only range use. If you want a lighter double action pull, install a $5 92D spring. It lightens up the double pull nicely. As with beretta 92 pistols, about 1000 rounds will get your trigger feeling like its been gunsmith tuned. 92s just get better with age, and as far as ive seen so far, the Cougar is a more refined, simpler design with the same controls and better resistance to dirt, dust, sand, water, etc (Cougars are a non open slide design, unlike many Berettas). Accuracy is excellant, posting sub 2" groups rested, at 25 yds with 147 gr. WWB. This is a fine firearm that I fully trust my life to while carrying, and for $350!!!!!

6 years 26 weeks ago, 2:38 AM

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Cougar 8000

What is the effectiverange of Cougar 8000 , 9mm semi-automatic pistol?
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6 years 3 weeks ago, 11:38 AM

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Range of a 9MM

The range is the same as any number of mid-size 9MMs. Although any small caliber pistol is not effective for any range beyond immediate defense. Anything over 50' is mostly a fool's errand for a small pistol in most folks hands under stress without training. Well trained, out to 150' is quite possible. It is more a function of the short sight radius and the barrel length that will in the end dictate the power left at a given range.

Bottom line, if you need distance, get a rifle. If you've got rounds hitting around you from a great distance, remember bullets can go a long ways and be lethal regardless of what launched them. I think the standard is 55grns @ 400fps for minimal lethal potential. Your 124-147grn 9MM will be going over 400fps for a long, long ways.

6 years 4 weeks ago, 7:29 PM

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The Couger is very accurate. i've been able to group nicely from 25 to 45 ft, range.I have medium size hands and it fits perfectly. Feels smooth shooting.Im very happy to own one.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 1:43 AM

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Stoeger .40

I love this gun. It's easy to break down & clean, shoots great and after 800+ rounds not 1 single hang up or pipe. I took little time to get a "feel" for it, it's built well and solid and I absolutely enjoy shooting it.

5 years 38 weeks ago, 2:55 PM

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Something wrong

I have a problem with mine i got it new from a private guy. i took it to the range and every shot it either will not reload or it will jam on ejection. does anyone have an idea what could be wrong

5 years 38 weeks ago, 3:00 PM

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PURPLALIAN

WHAT KIND OF AMMO? AND DID YOU GIVE IT A GOOD CLEANING? BEFORE YOU SHOT IT?I'VE HAD ZERO PROBS WITH MINE.YOU ALSO MIGHT HAVE A DEFECTIVE MAG.

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5 years 38 weeks ago, 3:10 PM

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purplealien

that problem isn't new to just your gun. berettas and cougars are known to have problems with mags. they are picky on ammo. you may also have an ejector problem. I would have a gun smith check it out, then trade it for a glock, XD, HK, sig, or M&P.

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
5 years 38 weeks ago, 3:11 PM

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LOL

I HATE YOU REAPER!!!!!!!!!

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5 years 38 weeks ago, 3:18 PM

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i tried to warn you... but no. then you ignore my advise about the 24/7 vs. XD. I'm gonna start telling you the opposite of what I really know, so maybe you'll make a wise decision.

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
5 years 38 weeks ago, 3:24 PM

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DUDE

I went out and shot the taurus..45 and really liked it. But i'll really think about doing an up grade on my 9mm. Although I have'nt had any problems with my Couger. and xd is on that list. I DID PREFER THE FEEL OF THE TAURUS IN MY HAND, THOUGH.Take it easy I still might pick up a sig mosquito .22 for [plinkin around......I still hate you

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Beretta 8000 Info

Category:
Pistols
Manufacturer:
Beretta
Action:
Recoil Operated
Caliber:
9 x 19 mm Luger

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