About the Handgun:
Listed as a discontinued model under the Beretta label, the marketing and distribution of the Cougar has been transferred to Stoeger Industries. The firearms are made in Turkey, using Beretta factory tooling. The full and compact size models are being produced. See the Beretta Cougar for more details.
About the Manufacturer:
Founded in 1924 and currently located in Accokeek, Maryland, Stoeger has imported a wide variety of firearms during the last seven decades. Most of these guns were good quality and came from known makers in europe. Many were marketed under the Stoeger brand. In the 1990s, the Stoeger company was purchased by Finnish rifle manufacturer Sako, and then in 2000, Sako was acquired by Beretta Holding S.p.A. At that time, Stoeger Industries was placed under the ownership of Benelli USA, also a subsidiary of Beretta, where it remains today as a member of the Benelli USA family of companies.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was developed by John Browning and was adopted by the United States Ordnance Department along with the Colt-Browning automatic pistol in 1911. It has also been made the official military handgun chambering by several other governments, notably Argentina, Mexico and Norway. The 45 Automatic is the most powerful military handgun cartridge in use today. This is a heavy and powerful sub-sonic round. Although its muzzle energy can exceed 400 ft-lbs, its velocity and bullet weight creates a steep trajectory curve that limits its effective range to self-defense distances.