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Old 10-18-2016, 04:20 AM   #1
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I'm soooo weak!

This week, my shooting partner asked if I was still interested in one of the Coonan's he had.
I asked which one. He replied the Stainless steel one as he only liked the black one.
He had a set of rose wood grips and the original black grips. He said he would throw in a box of 357's for a price I could not resist.
I picked it up yesterday and we talked guns for over an hour.
I know he must have had over 30 45's and a safe full of fantastic pistols and rifles.
So, here I am, the owner of 357 Coonan.

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Old 10-18-2016, 04:42 AM   #2
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What is the magazine capacity on it? A 357 in a 1911 frame is an interesting handgun. Doesn't look like it has a BBL bushing??
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:38 AM   #3
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Here's the .357 page from Coonan's website. It loads slow.

http://www.coonaninc.com/experience

They have a Classic model, 7+1 capacity, and a Compact, 6+1. Lots of options to pick. I would have guessed a rimmed cartridge would lower the capacity. Says .38s have cycling sensitivity, but will chamber and fire. Cool.

Some short reviews:

http://gunsmagazine.com/questioning-...an-357-magnum/

https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...57-mag-pistol/

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/201...357-automatic/

Jerry Miculek reviews it in a video:

http://www.ammoland.com/2015/05/coon...#axzz4NSIiUawC
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:54 AM   #4
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Awesome pistol. Congrats KimberLover!

I don't think we should let NCG see this.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:31 AM   #5
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Yeah, you should. Thanks for thinking about me, though.

Actually, when it comes to 1911s, I've learned from having tried them in a variety of chamberings (9mm, 45, 10mm) that I only want them chambered in 45 auto. Just doesn't feel right to me if it isn't 45 auto. Oh, I tried the 9mm 1911, but it just didn't feel right, kind of slushy or something. I sold my 9mm 1911s, but Bill loves his Springfield 9mm RO, so we'll keep that one. Still have my beloved SA Mil spec 45 auto, though, and always will. Truth is, I'm more of a wheel gun shooter. Anyway, each to their own. That's what makes this place so much fun.

KL, take it from me, you weren't being weak. I prefer to think of it as forward thinking. You know you're going to love shooting it and enjoy owning it, so why not? Congrats. I know you've been fascinated by the Coonan for a long time. We will expect a range report.

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Old 10-18-2016, 03:43 PM   #6
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I gave a lot of serious thought to buying a Coonan last year. @ $ 1500.00 I thought for a 6+1 shooter it was too expensive, so I just let it go.
Then last week my shooting partner mentioned if I was still interested in the Coonan.
I waited until he told me he had two of them and that he preferred the black one over the SS.
I told him I would be interested if the price was right.
I never mentioned it again and then this week he popped up with a price that really made it interesting.
He had added a set of rosewood grips and would throw in a box of 357's.
I had to take him up even thought 6+1 is not that great over my Ruger 101.
I have seen the targets that he had shot the center out of and it is a tack driver.
I called Coonan and ordered two extra mags this evening.
Boy! They are proud of them, but I bit the bullet and bought them.
I'm a 38/357/38 super fan and this will finish my collection.
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:49 PM   #7
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Kimber, Congratulations on your new treasure, however, if I may quote you.....
"I'm a 38/357/38 super fan and this will finish my collection."......
Good luck with that thought.
Enjoy the Coonan and give us a review.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:07 PM   #8
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Coungratulations enjoy shooting your Connan .357, Kimber!
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:40 AM   #9
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In the last movie "Bearcatter" posted, I was amazed that 6 rounds in less than a second could happen.
I have three Kimber 38 supers with pistol grip lasers on them.
Shooting from the hip,(using the laser) I can cut the center out of a target at 20 feet, but it takes me about 5 seconds to get 9 rounds thru the Kimber. On occasion I do miss the outside of a 3" circle. That is a let down, but progressive lenses in my glasses inhibit open sighting.
The Coonan only has open adjustable sights and I'm betting I'll have a difficult time being accurate with it.
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:13 AM   #10
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I took the Coonan to the range Thursday. I was dead set that I was going to shoot my 38 reloads as I wanted to deplete the inventory and save the 357's.
Well, the reloads would not cycle the Coonan and I did not have the spring for the 38's with me.
I shot four clips and not one of them would clear the breach but I was patient and got thru it.
I was in disbelief in what a tack driver it was, even with glasses I was shooting as good as or better than with the lasers help.
To add to this little story, I had ordered two magazines from Coonan (six Round) when I realized mine were seven round mags. Boy! talk about getting flushed up. I called Coonan and asked it they had shipped the six round mags and they told me they had not shipped them but were preparing to do so.
They were very nice and switched the mags to seven rounders. They are on the way and I'm looking forward to getting them.
I'll have to say, until you have shot that monster, you cannot believe how great a shooter it is. It is however too big to carry on a belt.
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:38 AM   #11
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Good to hear, KL. I, too, have progressive lenses and it hasn't stopped me from getting a good sight picture. I sometimes have to tilt my head up or down a bit to see though the best part of the progressive area on my glasses, but works pretty well.

As for carry size and weight, that is such a personal decision, but, you're right, most folks would consider the Cooonan to be too large. Still, for woods carry, I use big 44 mag revolvers in shoulder or chest rigs and they're no light weights, either. My Redhawk 44 weighs more than the Coonan. Anyway, glad to see you're back on track with your shooting.

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Old 10-21-2016, 08:52 AM   #12
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I hope the next range visit is 100% smiles for you. Getting started with a new gun always seems to have a glitch or two.

I've had progressive lenses, trifocal, for years and don't seem to have any particular problem with open sights. I keep the front sight in focus, letting the rear and target blur a bit.
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:10 AM   #13
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I saw a movie on Youtube that showed a guy shooting a Coonan at a metal target out at 260 yards.
He hit two out of three times:
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ6i5tIjlNM

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