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Coonan .357 magnum/.38special 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by clogspecialist, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. clogspecialist

    clogspecialist 10-head

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    Recently discovered this very strange pistol. I think its extremely interesting, and would like to hear anyone's thoughts if anyone on GT owns one. I really wonder what reliability and accuracy is like with these "hybrid" handguns
     

  2. bac1023

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    They're awesome shooters.

    Mine is an original, not new production.


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  3. Tim151515

    Tim151515 iHeartGuns

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    do they all have grips like ^^^ or do they come checkered as well?
     
  4. bac1023

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    All smooth as far as I know.

    They don't take standard 1911 grips. Its not actually a 1911, but its based off of one.
     
  5. jrs93accord

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    Here is mine. According to Dan Coonan, it is a late '80s production. These pistols are a real blast to shoot. They are a bit pricey new, around $1300. Used ones can run from $1000-$1200. I got mine for a steal. I bought it from a guy in Missoula, MT for $840 shipped and that included two magazines. It did not come in the original case, but that was still a helluva deal.

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  6. bac1023

    bac1023

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  7. jrs93accord

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    Darn, you beat me to it.

    On the prototype model, the original barrel and barrel link design was that of the 1911. It was later redesigned to a linkless barrel system with the introduction of the Coonan B.

    The 1911 and the Coonan have few things in common.

    There are 18 parts that are direct replacements:
    •Hammer & Pin
    •Hammer Strut & Pin
    •Sear, & Pin
    •Sear Spring
    •Disconnector & Pin
    •Thumb Safety
    •Plunger Tube, Pins (Front & Rear), and Spring
    •Barrel Bushing
    •Recoil Plug
    •Grip Screws
    •Grip Bushings

    and there are 6 parts that require some modification:
    •Firing Pin Stop
    •Grip Safety
    •Recoil Spring
    •Ejector
    •Recoil Spring Tube
    •Sights


    Also, Coonan Arms does offer some really nice checkered grips.

    http://www.coonaninc.com/products.php/wood_grip_set_fully_checkered_walnut/cPath,6

    http://www.coonaninc.com/products.php/black_checkered_milled/cPath,6
     
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  8. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Yeah, it's styled after the 1911, but there are many differences.

    The dimensions aren't even the same.
     
  9. clogspecialist

    clogspecialist 10-head

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    She sure is purty, how is accuracy?
     
  10. jrs93accord

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    Even with me behind the trigger, it can hit where you point it. I have no problem doing quick head shots from 7 yds.
     
  11. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Do those things cycle on .38 Special ammo?
     
  12. jrs93accord

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    They can, but you need the correct recoil spring to do so.
     
  13. dajowi

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    I owned a Coonan for a number of years. A great pistol. Accurate. Fun to shoot. It's great that Dan is making them again.
     
  14. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr trout fear me!

    Here is the Model B I USED to own. :crying:

    A great pistol that I would have kept if I had guessed Dan would resume production. Very accurate, reliable, etc......
    Shoots all 357 Magnum ammo, and 38 Special as well.


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  15. I always think they seem pretty cool, but to my eyes they are as ugly as sin.
     
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    My original Model B with custom grips. A buddy made them.

    I've been up to Dan's shop a few times. We've actually swapped some reloading data. They love FULL power loads.

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  17. SigFTW

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    This is the one I ordered, it should be ready in 3 to 4 months. It's taking forever! :impatient:

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  18. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Wow, you think they're ugly?

    To each their own, I guess. :)
     
  19. bac1023

    bac1023

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    It will be worth the wait. :cool: