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Old January 21, 2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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Coonan 357 magnum???

Anyone own or have experience with a Coonan 357 magnum...it's a semi auto that fires the .357 mag round.
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Old January 21, 2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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Saw one in switzerland will try and find a photo, think it is 8rnds, SA trigger.
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Old January 21, 2008, 12:41 PM   #3
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Never seen one outside a gun magazine. If able to I would acquire one at a reasonable rate just to have it. Might not want it as a shooter unless I knew I could get parts.
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Old January 21, 2008, 12:57 PM   #4
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Sorry only name on the slide shows, other photo I had taken of it was out of focus... useless.
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Old January 21, 2008, 01:15 PM   #5
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Yes, I owned one in the mid-1980's. Mine was stainless, however they might all have been.

I purchased mine from the old Rusk's Gunshop in Middleton, Wisconsin. After experiencing some minor problems, I took it back to their head gunsmith, Bill Schultz. Other than Terry, Bill is one of the finest gunsmiths I have ever met.

My problem was with handloads. No matter what bullet weights or brand of gunpowder, mine appeared to have FTF problems. My guess was that it was primarily the result of some very quick slide timing.

Bill figured about the same, and to prove it, he fired an entire magazine through the pistol--flawlessly--when it was stoked with some firewall 125 grain loads.

I wasn't really pleased with a pistol that would only shoot hot factory loads, so I traded it back into the shop for a box-stock blue Colt 1911.
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Old January 21, 2008, 01:42 PM   #6
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Thanks Tourist...

That's what I wanted to know...I was thinkin about pickin one up....maybe not now.
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Old January 21, 2008, 02:27 PM   #7
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Never owned or fired one, just handled one an acquaintance owned. I thought it was absolutely beautiful.
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Old January 21, 2008, 03:01 PM   #8
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had one of there cadet models for a few years, very fun to shoot,
the pistol was made well but
magazines sucked on them, werent made well
and the mags were as hard to get as chicken teeth
i would buy another if they ad better and more magazines
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Old January 21, 2008, 03:08 PM   #9
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here is a pix
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Old January 21, 2008, 03:10 PM   #10
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I knew a guy that used to have one, it was finicky on ammo as well ( IMO likely any rimmed cartridge rounds fired in an auto will be somewhat finicky though )... but he did find a factory ammo he felt was relable enough to carry the gun as his CCW piece... I have not seen him for many years, so I don't know if he still has it or not ???
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Old January 21, 2008, 06:10 PM   #11
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Mine is pretty reliable, though I found the craftsmanship to be lower than I expected, though that is typical for a latter model Coonan. I even used to compete with it, no one had any doubts that I made major with it. Many of the mags sucked though. I also had to replace a lot of the small parts with 1911 parts, they were pretty substandard, and when I tried to get factory replacements for the broken stuff, the company did not even ask what part, they just sent me a baggy of all the cast small parts.

I heard the Model A' were very nice though.
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Old January 22, 2008, 12:00 AM   #12
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A friend has one...

But as far as I know, it never leaves his safe. I'm not sure if he has ever shot it, but I don't think so.
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Old January 22, 2008, 02:04 AM   #13
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A fellow fed had a gun range and store and had a Coonan in his rental cabinet back in the late 80's. I fired probably a half-dozen boxes of 125 grain factory through it over the course of a year or so.

Wasn't a lot of fun to shoot. Very sharp recoil. Forget reloads--it hated reloads. And forget accuracy, at least compared to a six-gun .357 Magnum.

I was intrigued by the idea of a semi-auto .357 magnum. Was issued a 9mm, but during the years of u/c work in various biker-gang task forces, I carried a Model 19 loaded with Federal 125 grain. I had absolute confidence in that round and weapon. So it made sense that if there were a (reliable) semi-auto in the same round, it might be worth strongly considering.

Unfortunately, at the time it was only the Coonan and the Desert Eagle.

They are both interesting novelty guns, both were way overpriced at the time, and both were very high maintenance.

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Old January 22, 2008, 08:42 AM   #14
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My best friend bought on when they came out in the 80's. He liked it, but he would have problems with handloads, they were not powerful enough to cycle the action, he had to manually cycle the round.
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Old January 22, 2008, 09:48 AM   #15
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found some decent gun porn for you guys...and gals..



and i had no idea they made a .41 mag very cool


and one more...
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Old January 22, 2008, 12:05 PM   #16
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That's the one.

I forgot that they had also made a .41 Magnum. I bet that was a real peach to shoot.

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Old January 22, 2008, 12:19 PM   #17
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COONAN : Lots of fun !

I used to sell every one I could get my hands on in my retail store in California.

Never had any issues except a good lube to keep the stainless from gauling and keeping them clean !

Used to sell them with 3 mags to solve shooting issues.

Had some rare 38 special conversion kits...different mag and recoil spring..ran pretty well on hot loads..lead was OK also.

Quality was OK...some additional finishing touches helped....TEFLON coating the entire pistol solved lubrication issues.

It was a SA 1911 style with a nice trigger pull that averaged about 3.5 to 4 #

Had to clean the barrel after shooting with 38 conversion kit to have reliable extraction of 357 mag cases.

Overall a pretty nice and unique pistol....a few departments in Texas authorized them for duty....in the 80's.

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Old January 22, 2008, 12:34 PM   #18
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Fired one, one time and it was loads of fun. Slide velocity is a little disconcerting. Functioned fine with factory ammo. Just shot it at a stump so cant say about accuracy. Hit the stump
Always thought the idea of a magnum auto was a neat idea. Never seem to get around to owning one. Even though the Desert Eagle maybe be best of the bunch I never really like it that much. Liked the Wildey most of all and it looks like they’re making a come back. One can be had now for $1400.
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Old February 9, 2008, 03:35 PM   #19
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I Have One

I have a model "B" made in the mid to late 80's. Never had problems shooting it. I always used factory 158 or 125 grain loads. I have 2 8 rd mags 2 7 rd and 1 38 mag with the recoil spring and parts to make another. Also 2 extra sets of grips, all kind of small spare parts, box, liner, book and Coonan holster.
I even visited the factory after it moved to Maplewood. I had sent the gun to them to do some custom work and the smith that worked on it screwed it up ( he got fired ), so they gave me a new frame. This makes it kind of an odd ball, has a St. Paul serial number B5XXX and a frame stamped Maplewood.
They were a good group of people but, had vender problems later on. When they came out with the Cadet the barrels were not made right so a lot of would brake, also had problems with the specs on the frames. I thik this is what caused them to go ouy of bussiness.
Like many of my guns I have not fired it in about 6 years. It's funny you have all this stuff and don't use it when you get into other things.
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Old February 11, 2008, 01:19 AM   #20
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If you go to the Coonan Arms Discussion Board all of your Coonan questions will be answered. Other than Guns America, (where you may see one or two a year being sold), this is probably the only other contact for purchase of these fine pistols. Dan Coonan the original designer no long produces the .357 magnum semiauto. After Dan sold the company Coonan Arms went belly up due to mismanagement. Point of fact, there were no production .41 magnums ever sold. If you check the board the usual price for a standard Model B Coonan runs about $850-$1000. The larger problem with the Coonans is a serious lack of magazines which command prices of $120 and more each. There were no other manufacturer's who produced the mags, and the Model A mag would not work in the Model B pistol. As far as I know Dan continues to repair Coonans, (both Model A and B). There are limited parts avaibale through Dan.
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Old February 14, 2008, 02:19 AM   #21
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Coonan

Tried one out in the late 8o's. What a fireball! Trouble with ejection though and I passed on it. It even had a small steel rod included with it to depress the follower to load it.
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