metal vs plastic
Genitron.com: Comparing 2 Guns|Cougar|30|
Ok so I think i narrowed down my search for a 45 between these 2, Glock 30 or Stoeger Cougar, I eventually will get both but which one would you go with first. I like the look of the Stoeger and have read great reviews about it, as for the Glock the more I read about and see videos make this gun look so easy to shoot.
What's your intended use?
Range? HD? CC?
If your not trying to conceal it, then the Cougar. But then I prefer Metal guns with hammers. YMMV.
I have heard only good things about the Stoeger Cougar, and the Glock 30 is a proven design that generally can be expected to perform well, right out of the box.
I would lean toward the Glock for concealed carry, because of its simplicity of use - draw it, aim it, fire it - no lever safety, no transition from DA first shot to SA following shots. But if I just wanted a new gun and it wasn't imperative that it be ideal for concealed carry, I would probably buy the Stoeger, just to see how I liked it. I know I like Glocks, but I'm open to something 'new,' especially if it is moderately priced.
I had one, but sold it recently because i have small hands, and the grip was too big for my hands. If the grip works - get the Cougar.
The recoil is softer than a steel 5" 1911 in 45ACP. I was very surprised - for an aluminum framed gun with a shorter barrel
I'd buy the Cougar - they are very nice guns.
Since you are going to buy both the Glock 30 (small, fairly easy to conceal) and the Stoeger 45 (service-sized) then I would suggest a different approach:
The Glock 30 and a Glock 21 (a service-sized weapon).
The G30 will accept the magazines from the G21. There will be considerable carry-over skills from shooting similar weapons. And the Glocks are not very expensive.
So you could carry the G30 on your ankle, and the G21 on you hip, and carry a spare magazine for the G21 which will fit either weapon.