I recently purchased a Stoeger Cougar 9mm after doing a bit of research online. I was cross shopping the cougar and the sigma and shot a sigma at the range. There wasn't much I liked about the sigma, the trigger sucked and the stippling on the grip caused my hand to start aching after fifty rounds. While i would've been able to purchase it for $100 cheaper than the cougar, I felt that I would not have liked owning the firearm and so I passed on it. The cougar felt much better in my hand, and although I did not have a chance to shoot it before I purchased it, I picked it up anyway. I bought it for $450 at gander mountain. It was disappointing to see that the price had increased so much on the cougars, I would've loved to purchase one at 350 or 380, but it's too late for that. In terms of other guns, it appears that gun shops were sold out of pretty much everything (the cougar included), and I didn't have much patience at the time. Otherwise I think there would've been some wisdom in waiting around for a glock 19 to show up in stock, but hindsight is 20/20.
As far as a range report is concerned I've put about 500 rounds through the gun. My first trip out i had 10 FTE out of 100 rounds, but this was due to lack of lubrication. Before I take it to the range now I make sure it is properly lubed and don't have any problems with it. I like the way the gun shoots and how it feels in my hand. I shoot OK, I have a lot of room for improvement. I've purchased a Don Hume 715 open top holster for it and will be using it for carry once I receive my permit.
Overall I'm very pleased with the gun. It's reliable, fits great in my hand, and I really like how it shoots. Concealing it is a little challenging as the grip is fairly big, so I'll have to play around to find a comfortable/concealable place iwb for it.