I p/u a LNIB Beretta Cougar in 45acp a year ago and its a really nifty gun. the rotating barrel/lockup is interesting and was one of the reasons for getting it. the price was the second since it was really too good to pass up.
after i got the 45, i saw one of our LGS had the Stoeger Cougar in 9 and i also got one of those too since they lowered their prices on them to almost the same as i got my 45. i find that they are almost identical in fit/finish and quality.
the one thing i think is interesting is that the grip is sort of chubby for the gun and one would think they could shave off some width.
It is the very difficult horses that have the most to give you.