I have the Stoeger Cougar in all three calibers 8000 (9mm) 8040 (40S&W) and the 8045(45acp). they are ultra reliable trigger is like buttah. yes they are beretta esentially. beretta designed built on beretta machines, to beretta qc standards. but in turkey instead of italy. finish is better on the 92 fs but they use the same bruniton finish. In short they rock...lol cant go wrong.. never had a malfunction of any kind with them. recoil is sweet on all calibers.