Gun Report

Stoeger Cougar 8000F No. 31700 9mm Luger, $449

Read Gun Tests Rating and Recommendation

We liked the compact version of the long-serving Cougar. It was reliable, had good features, and was accurate enough for personal defense. We wish the finish and attention to final detail had been better, however, and the feeling was we were handling an economy version of a more expensive handgun — a true assessment. The slide lock needed attention, and the piece fired high with defense loads.

Stoeger Cougar 8000F No. 31700 9mm Luger, $449

Gun Details

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

Take the safety off the rest of now, free!

Get complete access to this firearms comparison, and weekly members-only newsletters.

That's just the beginning of your free exclusive benefits.

You're only one click away.

Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

The Cougar's rotating barrel design slightly complicated field- stripping, but in the end we got the knack. The rotating barrel may demand more lubrication than some types, but field firing function was positive during our evaluation.
The Cougar's slide is slightly tapered, but the dust cover is quite abrupt. The light rail of the Cougar may be unnecessary in a concealed carry handgun, but for home defense it may be desirable.

Read Gun Tests Rating and Recommendation