Gun Report

Beretta 8040F Mini-Cougar .40 S&W

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The Beretta 8040F Mini-Cougar’s slide was steel with a dull black finish. Its cocking serrations were not very tall, due to the shape of the slide, but afforded a good grasp. The aluminum frame had a matte black finish and a hooked undercut trigger guard. There were serrations on the trigger guard, the frontstrap and the backstrap. The steel barrel was finished in a blue/black.

Beretta 8040F Mini-Cougar .40 S&W

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Grip Thickness Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single

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The Beretta 8040F Mini-Cougar came with a 10-round magazine (shown here in the pistol), which also served as a grip extension, and a traditional 8-round magazine.
Although disassembling this Beretta isn’t difficult, reassembling it is more complicated than most. First, remove the magazine and empty the chamber. While depressing the disassembly latch release (a button at the right front of the trigger guard), rotate the disassembly latch (a lever on the opposite side) downward until it stops. Guide the slide/barrel assembly with the central block and the captive recoil assembly forward off the frame. Withdraw the recoil assembly from the central block. After rotating the barrel counterclockwise, remove it from the slide. Reassembly is done in reverse order, but there are several things you must keep in mind. When inserting the barrel into the slide, its double cam must be up. Once in the slide, rotate the barrel until its locking lugs engage with the recesses in the slide. Place the central block (with the recoil assembly) on the barrel, ensuring the block’s tooth engages with the barrel’s double cam. Keeping the central block rearward, insert the head of the spring guide into its seat in the front inside of the slide. Holding the central block and recoil assembly in place, install the frame onto the slide.

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