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Coonan .357 magnum/.38special 1911

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

  1. My taste tends to be a bit blingy, and they look almost like dated 1911s to me... Kind of the same issues I have with the 10mm deltas... They just look "old"

    I will admit, I like the ones with the black machine aluminum grips in the pics above... I guess those just have enough of a modern look for me over the more stayed smooth wood.

    Again though taste is of course subjective. :embarassed:

    I've thought about ordering one for laughs but I've got to take it easy with more $1500 toys..

    The gun still on the top of my "dumb things I don't need and shouldn't spend money on" is a s&w 500 revolver.... Only God knows why
     
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  2. CDR_Glock

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    I acquired an 80s model from a friend. I updated the adjustable sights with low profile tritium by Novak. It cost a bundle to get it modified but it was worth it. Accuracy is great. I hit 50 and 75 yard plates with it, open sights, free handed standing.

    Reliability is excellent but it does not cycle Blazer Aluminum 357 magnums. It only does brass. Never tried 38 because I don't like that round. I only use 158 and 125 grains of 357. Never tried the other weights of ammo.

    It's a huge grip but it's comfortable. Handles recoil very well, and it's the softest shooting 357 magnum I own. It's not a true 1911 but it's a bad ass pistol with an 8 plus 1 capacity. It's a practical round and a go to gun for me. Ankle carry. NOT!

    Far from useless. It's a great gun and it always brings a smile to my face when I shoot it.
     

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  3. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    The Coonan certainly has a cool factor! If I wasn't broke I might get one with night sights.
     
  4. bac1023

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    I actually prefer classic looking firearms. :cool:
     
  5. janice6

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    You guys are killing me. I can only dream of having one. Same ammo as my CCW revolvers.

    The lead time might be the rest of my life. I'll just have to keep saving.
     
  6. I have to admit I'm not a fan either, but for me it's the full length dust cover. Some are done well, this one.. isn't. Also, that trigger looks goofy. How's the grip on em? It looks really big, almost disproportionate, and definitely off that key profile that the 1911 has down perfect.
     
  7. jrs93accord

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    I will say this, my Coonan .357 is one of the nicest shooting pistols out there. It very comfortable to shoot. I have even had some first-time female shooters try it and shoot very well with it. Looks are not everything. Until you have shot one, you are missing out on a fantastic shooter.
     
  8. bac1023

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    Ok. The reason its profile is different than a 1911 is because it NOT a 1911. I've said that over and over on this forum. No offense to you, because its probably the first time you have heard it.

    The trigger looks "goofy" because its not a 1911 trigger. It pivots. Also, there is no barrel link, which is a key feature in the 1911's design. The frame is bigger because it fires a 357 magnum round. The grips are wider. The grip safety is different. I wouldn't compare the full length dust cover to a 1911 with the same feature, because they're two different guns.

    Yes, it has some 1911 traits, but the Coonan is its own design. Why people (such as the OP) constantly want to refer to it as a 1911, I don't understand. If you handle one, you'll know instantly that its a totally different breed.

    I will certainly agree the 1911 looks better.
     
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  9. bac1023

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    It is an awesome shooter, James.

    I personally like the looks of it quite a bit. :)
     
  10. DFin

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    Kind of like a stainless steel Glock.
     
  11. spcwes

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    Dan needs more product pics on the website, hard to find them. Just my $.02.
     
  12. janice6

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    For the question of "How is it to shoot?" Coonan's daughters have little problems with them. I talked with one and she says they're fun and easy to shoot.

    http://www.coonaninc.com/news13.php
     
  13. bac1023

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    They're very easy to shoot, Janice. The gun weighs nearly 45oz empty. :)
     
  14. Oh no bac, I know it's quite different, I've seen you say that many times on here. I can see the mechanical differences, but there is still parts interchangeability between the guns for *some* stuff. The bigger grip due to the bigger round I also figured, but I've held a 10mm 1911 and it wasn't too bad. This looks really goofy. Also, the dust cover just makes it look, squirt-gunish I suppose. I know it's not a 1911, but it's like.. 1/3. And in that 2/3s that's not, they effed it up in the aesthetics department.
     
  15. bac1023

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    Well, it was originally designed in the 1970's. Things were different back then. :)

    10mm 1911s use a real 1911 frame, but the 357 has a longer overall length.
     
  16. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr trout fear me!

    Absolutely. Mine had no problem emptying mags full of current factory full power ammo into one (small) hole at 30'. And I'm not the world's greatest shooter.

    Accurate. Reliable when you lube per instructions. These are easier to CCW than the (also great) 7 and 8 round S&W revolvers being made these days.

    These shoot 38 Specials, and surpass what the 357Sig can do.

    These are sweet shooting pistols.

    Here is are pics of my old original Model B that I sold before Dan resumed production and resolved the mag shortage problem:

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  17. XDMUSER

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    Man wish I could find one in that good of shape! I have seen and passed on several over the last few years. All of them looked like they had been drug behind a truck through the streets. Nice cannon!

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