Our Assessment: The Beretta 8040 Cougar series is a thoughtful and well-engineered design which features some innovative design elements and was introduced in 1994. This pistol uses a rotating barrel locking system, which gives a tight lock up and which may help reduce recoil. The controls duplicate the popular and ubiquitous Beretta 92 F, yet carry 10 +1 rounds of .40 S&W punch and conceals slightly
easier with a barrel 1.3″ shorter than the Beretta 92. If one is looking for an off-duty or backup weapon, or for home protection, this compact pistol will fit the bill!