Gun Report

Beretta Cougar 8045F

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First impressions can be deceiving. This $719 gun has a great grip and lots of engineers behind it, but the recoil is considerable

Beretta Cougar 8045F

Gun Details

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

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Components of the unique rotating barrel system, including the recoil rod and spring assembly, central block and the barrel seen here in locked position with the chamber fully supported by the central block.
Upon recoil the barrel not only unlocks but rotates about 20 degrees. A guide channel cut into its underside rides upon a boss located atop the central block. It was reliable as long as the gun was kept clean and lubricated, but we could not substantiate a reduction of recoil attributable to this system.

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