I have a Coonan classic. I have been feeding it about a box of ammo every saturday for 1.5 years.
It feeds every thing well except CCI shot shells. The spring will break open the blue plastic and the BBs will fall out the end of the barrel unless you feed it 1 at a time.
I have a short review here of the 6 inch barrel and buffalo bore 125 grain high velocity ammo http://thefiringline.com/forums/show...ghlight=coonan
My gun seems more accurate with the 125-158 grain ammo but I have shot as light as 110 grain bullets and as heavy as 230 grain bullet through it.
The gun is very accurate and reliable (its mostly just me that shoots it) The only weak point I see is the cosmetic. While I would still rate it 7 out of 10 but I see that as the weak point in an otherwise great gun.
I love my Coonan so much I finally broke down and got a leather shoulder rig from it from Black hills leather http://www.bhlstore.com/shop/category.asp?catid=208
. The rig is a horizontal rig with a 4 mag pouch on the off side. Between the 5 mags (+1 in the chamber) and my J-frame in my pocket with 2 speed loaders that is 51 rounds of 357 magnum. Stack 5 more rounds of 22 short (my back up gun) and I am pretty well armed if needed.
I am thinking about using my Coonan in the "short range hunt" this year. The hunt is limited to handguns chambered in a hand gun that fires hand gun rounds (no 30-06 encores) and bows/cross bows as well as black powder and shotguns with buck shot.
If you want custom grips this guy does great work and he owns two Coonans him self. http://shop.thefinergrain.com/catego...?categoryId=27
As far as 38 specials I have fed mine a few 38+P and they ran fine. I have not tried any normal 38 specials.
The recoil is not bad as all (to me) but I do shoot a Magnum research BFR chambered in 45/70 and 450 marlin.