Introduced by Beretta in 1992, the "Cougar" series was targeted as a compact sized handgun for self defense and law enforcement. While the 8000 model was released first in 9mm, a number of other calibers and varients soon followed including:
8000 - Chambered for 9mm.
8040 - Chambered for a S&W .40 cal.
8357 - Chambered for the .357 Sig caliber.
8045 - Chambered for the .45 ACP.
In 2005, Beretta opted to licensed the name and production rights to Stoeger Industries, which is a subsidiary company of Beretta. This model is now manufactured as the Stoeger Cougar. With the exception of the newer railed models, the Stoegar Cougar models will fit holsters for the original 8000 and 8040 model pistols.
All prices are in USD.