All these talks about Stoeger and Beretta Cougar .45ACP got me thinking real hard. Next thing I know, my favorite shop has a Stoeger .45 brand new in box. After some hagglin', I went home with it. Tomorrow is going to be range day. First impression was that I hated the rail, unfortunately the .45 only comes with the stupid rail so what are you gonna do? The gun has good heft to it and points very well for me. The grip is largish yet extremely comfortable for my small hands. Trigger is OK. I don't know about the Beretta Cougar but compare it to the Beretta 92FS and PX4, both the SA and DA pulls are not as clean and as light. Mags are marked "made in Italy", so they're either Mec-Gar or ACT. The Bruniton finish also doesn't seem to be as smooth as the Beretta Bruniton finish either. The gun does have the Beretta trademark of slide moving so smooth it's like on ball bearing. Recoil spring is pretty stout, probably to compensate for the short barrel & slide. Rotating barrel is always cool. Does anybody know where I can find some wooden grips for the Cougar .45ACP? Preferrably not Hogue. Here are some crappy pics taken as the sun was setting.