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Beretta 8000 Series

Most of today’s autoloading pistols use a barrel that tilts away from the line of sight during
firing. Not the Beretta 8000 Cougar! Its barrel rotates to lock with the slide, meaning greater
strength and that it stays in the same plane for each shot for greater accuracy. Choose from
four of the most popular service and sport cartridges: 9mm Parabellum, .357 SIG, .40 S&W
and .45 Auto. The standard Cougar has a full-sized frame, while the compact and lighter
Cougar L has a shorter grip and is proportioned for a 10-round 9mm magazine.

Unique Rotating Barrel.

By channeling part of the recoil energy into barrel rotation, and by partially absorbing the barrel and slide rec˛il shock through the central block before it is transferred to the frame, the Cougar achieves unusually low felt recoil. When the Cougar is in battery, the positive lock‑up of barrel to slide assures perfect alignment of barrel and sights. Upon firing, the barrel travels and rotates with axial movement. The result is superior accuracy and quicker recovery for second shots.