Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by JUNKKING, Sep 5, 2012.


    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    I called a LGS today looking for a 1911 2011 tactical by RIA and the guy told me the only 1911 in the shop was made by Coonan and it was a 357 Magnum:rolleyes: Has anyone ever heard of this manufacturer or a 357 Magnum on a 1911 platform?

    If so are these a decent gun. he one they have is used and hes asking 749 for it.
  2. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    He needs to drop his pants in front of a mirror, turn his butt towards it, and take a good look.....'cause he don't know his ass......
    [guess I can't read....I thought he meant the 2011 Tactical]
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012

  3. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    My former FFL showed me his Coonan .357. Looked nice but I dont know if they are any good or not. A 100% one is listed in Blue book at about $ are a few different models and value varies. 95% ones average about $600.00.
  4. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    If it's in very good condition, $750 seems like a fair price. I'd do some more checking around though. New they're going for around $1100+. I've never held one, just read some articles on them.
  5. ignats

    ignats Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    I bought one years ago when they first came out; jumped on the bandwagon. It's a nice pistol but due to the length of the .357 cartridge, the grip is longer than most auto-loading pistols. I have large hands but the gun never felt comfortable then I held it, not like a Colt Government Model or similar clone. I probably should have kept it but decided to trade it for something else I wanted. It's accuracy was not that great. I have a couple of revolvers in .357 and prefer them over the Coonan.
  6. 1LoneWolf75

    1LoneWolf75 Active Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    Farson WY
    I had thought bout havin a 1911 in a .357 mag didn't know someone beat me to the punch, gave up on the idea when thinkin bout how big the grips would wind up bein. Would be neat to shoot one though, kinda like the 50 D.E.(I only managed 2 rounds and had enough) Not a everyday gun but a once in a while gun.
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    Coonan's are amazing 1911's. I got to meet and spend some time with Dan and some of his employees at SHOT. Amazing people who love all guns, shooting and taking care of their customers.

    Not sure if you don't believe that Coonan doesn't make 357 1911's or what.

    The fit, finish and options you get on a Coonan are the same as you get on 1911's that cost 2 times a much. Those are not 357mags either.
  8. Airdale

    Airdale Active Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.W. Arkansas
    I have heard nothing but good about Coonans and, if'n a .357 rings your chimes, the price is right.
  9. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    I have heard they are good guns, but I myself prefer a 45 in a 1911.

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    I was in the same catergory as most of you guys too when he said 357 magnum on a 1911 platform. I didnt think any such animal existed. I see now that they do and are quite expensive and quality guns. As far as not being accurate that has to be partly on the size of the grip and the shooter. It would definitely be a handful. Now im wondering how this small shop new in town managed to get a high quality gun, I guess the previous owner didnt like them either. I may stop by his place and have a look at it just to see what it feels like.
  11. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Same here Double D. And rimed cartridges have never worked well in any sime-auto hand gun that I know of. Not knocking the Coonans, I don't know any thing about them. Maybe they figured out how to make it run without jams!
  12. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    The Coonan has been around a long time. I have lusted after one for years and years but have never seen or held one. The grip would be a problem for me with my smallish hands so I have never pursued one. I do have a Colt Delta Elite in 10mm and that is enough magnum power for me. In fact, I rarely shoot reloads at the prescribed level because the gun twists in my hand when shot and is not all that much fun at those power levels. At 40&W (the 40 S&W is just a 10mm short) power levels it is a lot of fun to shoot. The 357 Coonan probably is not all that much fun to shoot with the sharp recoil of 357 mag that I feel in my 357 revolvers.

    Rimmed cartridges are hard to feed from magazine as the rims can get all tangled up but the Coonan is not the only centerfire gun that shoots rimmed cartridges larger than 22 rimmed cartridges. S&W made a Bullseye gun from their Model 39 that shot hollow base wadcutter 38 specials. It was the Model 52. The bullets are seated almost all the way into the case with a light crimp to roll the case over the end of the bullet. They feed fine and the is uncannily accurate (it was for Bullseye competition). I love mine but they are very expensive on the used market, if you can even find one. I looked for years before I found mine and amazingly I found two to choose from at the same dealer!

  13. gunslinger69

    gunslinger69 New Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    I saw a N.I.B. Coonan at the Augusta gun show last week and I could barely keep myself from drooling on it. Fit and finish were top notch and the grip did not seem to me to be too long for my medium hands. If it had not been for the $1,500 price I would have had to own it.
  14. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    The (HOT little Number) little lady of about 5'4" handled it rather well.

    The grip is long but narrow.
  15. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    Here are pictures of my Buddy Jerry Hanging out with Dan at the Coonan Booth at SHOT 2012. That purple gun is just effing SWEET. I spent an hour playing with it.




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