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Old April 3rd, 2017, 07:49 PM   #1
 
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Shot the Coonan .357 semi-auto

Well I thought I was done buying more handguns but it seems I need just one more.
Was at the gun range and noticed a guy shooting some sort of hand cannon about 4 bays down from me. Went over for a chat during a cease fire. I had never seen one before but he had a Coonan semi-auto in .357. And better still he let me shoot it!. I put a full mag down range (7 rnds ) Wow, what a blast! It was awesome with a nice kick and big muzzle flash from his hot handloads. And what a nice looking gun but not cheap at around $3000 in Aussie dollars.
Wish I had some pics or video to show. I will do more research on this gun but I'm seriously considering buying one . Any input welcome. Cheers gunna.



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The Coonan 357 was originally designed and built by Dan Coonan under the company name of Coonan Arms. He sold the company but still worked for it a while. It went bankrupt in the 90's but before that a group of gunsmith's left them to start Magnum Research, creaters of the Desert Storm. The Coonan 357 has currently been reintroduced by Coonan Inc. The original models known as A and B (A had a linked barrel were B had a link less barrel), there may be more - not sure. The new models can be found for close to $1,200. There are different models out there even a compact model. Some of the models you can shoot .38 Specials with just a recoil spring change. Note: Dan Coonan's first gun was a Ruger Single Six. I haven't had one or fired one but my understanding is that they are really good reliable guns. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on one.

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Here's a few pics of them.
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Neat pistol for sure. I wouldn't hesitate to try someone's Coonan. Love that 357 round.
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I like mine. It's a fun gun to shoot.
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Those are some nice looking Semi Auto's,67Number1.

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Nice! Been lusting for a Coonan for a while but just can't afford it right now. Some day ....
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I saw one of the few in 41 mag for sale a few years ago wish I had purchased it. But 1800 was more than I could spend at the time.
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I would be happy with the base model. At least you get 2 mags for all that money.
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I've shot one and I did really like it. They are a bit expensive, so I'm not sure if I'll one any time soon (also wouldn't mind a Dan Wesson)
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I bought one a couple years ago. With a 125g JHP and 18.5 W296 that gun gets some attention. It is not unpleasant to shoot with the hot load. Check out the videos on the website. There is also some videos on UTube. I've loaded some +P 38 ammo to shoot in the gun but only did that twice so far. I have the Classic and very pleased with build quality and accuracy. Mine had the lighter spring for the 38spl. You definitely have to make sure the 38 is +P because some of my lower power loads would not cycle in the gun.
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I bought one a couple years ago. With a 125g JHP and 18.5 W296 that gun gets some attention. It is not unpleasant to shoot with the hot load. Check out the videos on the website. There is also some videos on UTube. I've loaded some +P 38 ammo to shoot in the gun but only did that twice so far. I have the Classic and very pleased with build quality and accuracy. Mine had the lighter spring for the 38spl. You definitely have to make sure the 38 is +P because some of my lower power loads would not cycle in the gun.
Thanks for your reply rugerfan. The handloads I shot in the Coonan were from W296 but not sure what weight projectiles were used. Any idea of the load data using W296 for a safe hot load using 158g JHP ?. Does around 16-16.5 grs sound right? Cheers gunna.

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I have one of the originals. It didn't have night sights so I had those added by Novak. I switched to thinner grips.

It's such a great one to own.


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