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Old January 20, 2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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Coonan is in trouble (2018 version)

If you run some searches on TFL's fantastic search engine you will find that I've written dozens of posts on Coonan .357 discussion threads, I even started a thread specific to handloading for this pistol. I've been a genuine Coonan .357 fan since October 2011 when my buddy finally took delivery of the one I recommended he order, and more so when I got my hands on my own Coonan in January of 2012. Since that time I've helped five other guys track down Coonan .357's and I've shot the heck out of mine and had an absolute blast with it.

However, something at Coonan went off the rails at some point in the spring/summer and/or fall of 2018 and news is scarce at best, mostly discussion and rumors scattered across the internet. Coonan's website has a message posted in November 2018 asking folks to be patient while they work out "changes" and while the message is cryptic and non-specific, reports from anyone with pending orders are quite simply that Coonan has answered NOTHING since maybe October.

Me?! I feel beyond let down, because my experience with a half dozen (modern) Coonan Classic .357's has been fantastic and I've extolled their virtues.

I hope that this discussion can be the place where anyone on TFL can comment, especially if they can find any news (or even convincing opinion or report) that is more up to date than October or November, 2018.
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Old January 20, 2019, 05:44 PM   #2
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Yes Ive been wondering whats going on as well.
There are many manufactures of similarly priced pistols, yet Coonan has always beat them in term of quality. They started branching out from the core 357 into other calibers, Ive been wondering if that was an attempt to save a sinking ship....or if thats what may be sinking them.
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Old January 20, 2019, 05:49 PM   #3
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This is sad news. I've been eyeballing a Coonan for several months now. Hope they pull through
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Old January 20, 2019, 06:30 PM   #4
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Coonan has been a disaster since the days Dan Coonan started the company. I owned two of his guns and although they both shot and functioned well, they had problems. Myself and several other people sent them back for problems and didn't get them back for over a year while he sorted out family problems. The name was sold and the "new" Coonan seemed to be jinxed by the name. Good reason to not buy from companies using / trading on older names.
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Old January 20, 2019, 06:34 PM   #5
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I walked into a gun shop I rarely visit last Friday and they had a new Coonan Classic in the case, at the price I used to commonly see them on gunbroker . My wife, who was also present, approved the purchase for my birthday, "For the next 8 years." 7 - 8 minutes later we walked out with the Coonan under my arm (great to live in a free state) and she had a stack of cardboard tombstone targets she had the dealer throw in on the deal. Best wife ever, only took me two tries. Range time tomorrow.
I was at Ashman's gun jamboree end of August and Coonan had a booth there. I got to fire a Classic and a compensated model. Fell in love. The rep said they sell every 357 they make. I notice there are no 357's on gunbroker now, just a couple 45's. There was a bunch on there a month ago. I am a blessed man. Ka-boom!
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Old January 20, 2019, 06:59 PM   #6
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Well, the link to their store goes to a viagra store.....I hope that is short term, until they get back on their feet

Seriously though, an unmaintained website is bad news...I do hope they figure things out as it is a bucket list gun for me...
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Old January 20, 2019, 09:27 PM   #7
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Click the store link at the top of the page, it goes to their store, but, yes, if you click the store link at the bottom, it does go to a Viagra mail order site.
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