Beretta/Stoeger Cougar vs CZ 40P
Hey all I hate to do this as I don't always like "X" vs "Y" post, but I really want to know. I have kind of been out of the hand gun loop for several years due to financial restraints...and nearly all my firearms went by the wayside. I am now getting back into it and have come across a couple that I feel are real bargains not just in price. To be clear, I'm also not trying to start a pissing match between any one and post it here in the hopes of honest feed back from folks that have experience with both, what they like and why and finally, what their recommendation is. Here are the two options I have narrowed down for my next purchase. Both have good reputations and each of their respective owners seem fairly loyal.
I can get a Beretta/Stoeger Cougar in 40S&W or 9mm for $329+$24 tax locally
I can get a CZ 40P for $310 delivered and transfered via Buds.
I have handled and enjoyed the feel/fit/finish of both...but have not fired either of them yet.
A bit about my background. I am a huge fan of CZ's in general and have more than a dozen rifles in CZ/Brno. In hand guns I have also owned Berettas and Taurus counterparts and loved them due to how they fit and reliability. I have also owned a couple of CZ's but at the time went with the former due to the SS finish and feel they were just as reliable. Not hung up on SS now. I also owned an Astra A-100 years ago in 40 that I absolutely loved. (Some what of a Sig copy) All four of these style guns felt balanced and fit my hands.
Use: This is meant to be just a general home defense hand gun with regular shooting sessions and general carry. One plus I have heard on the Cougars is due to the rotating barrel the recoil is lessend...not totally critical to me but maybe for the enjoyment of it's use to my wife. Like the tactical abilities of the CZ 40P...and the fact that it is a CZ. This purchase is not meant to be a end all gun as I will add more later but more of a new starting point in regard to handguns. Okay...what say you?
Thx in advance,