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

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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

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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.

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