Stoeger Cougar .45 or Taurus 845???

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by polamalu43, May 23, 2011.

  1. polamalu43

    polamalu43 Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Maryland SSR
    Looking for a reliable .45 that won't break the bank (and get the wife ticked). In the "less expensive" category, it seems to point to either Taurus 845 or the Stoeger Cougar. I would like at the minimum a 4" barrel, which both have. This will be primarily used for HD, as I live in one of the few remaining socialist blue states that does not allow concealed carry. Can anyone offer an opinion on which they prefer and why? Plus, if there is another option out there, what is it? Thanks for any responses or opinions.
  2. NGIB

    NGIB Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Sumter SC
    I'd have to choose the Cougar. Why - it doesn't say "Taurus" on the slide. Seriously, Taurus puts out to many lemons to suit me, and yes I've owned one of their bad ones...

  3. garydude

    garydude Member

    Cougar, for sure. I've run about a thousand rounds through my fathers' without a hiccup. It has a loooong trigger pull, took some getting used to, and I don't particularly like de-cockers, but I sure wouldn't mind owning one. Take down and clean up were super easy compared to my 1911. Fit and finish were quite good on his gun.

    (And it's not made of plastic:):):))
  4. mncarpenter

    mncarpenter Member

    Nov 14, 2009
    I owned a Cougar-9mm. Pretty much the same gun as the 45, good gun.I found absolutely nothing wrong with that gun except I didn't like the funky external trigger bar.It was an accurate pistol and ate whatever I fed it. Traded it for an American Classic II-a Philipino 1911, 45 ACP Gov't model. Gun sells for around 425-460. Haven't looked back.
  5. MichiganShootist

    MichiganShootist New Member

    May 10, 2011
    North Central Michigan
    For pennies more than a Stoeger or a Taurus...... you could have a Glock 21
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Id go with the cougar because I find the action truly fascinating. But im just a gearhead gunsmith that finds genuine fascination in both simple and complex mechanical devices..:)
  7. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    I would take either one over a glock....I know I know, I am crazy....I just cant stand glocks!
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Me either D, just something plaztik about them...;)
  9. Old Guy

    Old Guy Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Well, do you want to support Turkey or Brazil? That is the question at hand. Both guns are good guns. The Cougar has the rotating barrel which is kind of cool. I would add a Ruger P345 to the list which is in the same price range.
  10. cluznar

    cluznar Former Guest

    Apr 13, 2012
    No contest get the Cougar. I have a 9mm Cougar and they are really nice guns, accurate, dependable, nice trigger. Cougar all the way.
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