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A welcome feature on self-defense handguns, the Soteger Cougar 8045 F has ambidextrous decocking/safety levers for weak-hand shooting.
The fronstraps and backstraps contain vertical serrations for additional purchase in poor weather.
With its locked-breech recoil system and rotating barrel, muzzle flip is reduced and the bore is aligned better with the target.
Overall length of the Stoeger Cougar 8045 F is 7 inches and it weighs 32 ounces.
Comforable in hand and well balanced, the author suspects the straight backstrap and grip indent contribute to its enhanced ergonomics.
Sights on the gun are of the three-dot variety, and are drift adjustable.
Unlike other pistols in the Stoeger Cougar line, the Model 8045 F has an integral accessory rail for mounting lasers and lights.
Despite having a heavy double-action trigger pull, the Stoeger Cougar proved capable of .8-inch groups at 10 yards.