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Just bought a Coonan 357 mag automatic

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by AbitNutz, Jul 19, 2014.

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  1. AbitNutz

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    Haven't shot it yet but what a nicely made pistol! It's a combination of the the 1911 and Hi-Power. It uses the linkless Hi-Power barrel system but has a 1911 bushing...which is cool since I get to change it out for a Briley spherical bushing...I love those things. It also sports an external extractor like the Hi-Power and the S&W. I think the SIG has one as well.

    The trigger is THE best I have ever felt out of the box. I have no plans to change, stone or modify it. There is nothing I could do to improve it.

    The grip is larger but fits my hand great...better that a Para-Ordnance double stack frame.

    My only gripe is the stainless steel finish and the requirement that it must be soaked in oil. I'm likely to have it Nitro-carburized by H&M...they call it Black Nitride. It's a wonderful finish and a good solution for folks like me.

    The gunshop I bought it from was the most incredible I've ever seen. Hundreds and hundreds of guns. beautifully finished in a library/Western theme. It even had a full table and chairs where I filled out the paperwork (Buffalo Trading Co in Findley Ohio.). The funny thing was that they threw in a a box of ammo but when I got home it turned out to be 357 SIG and not 357 Magnum....
     
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  2. RainDodger

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    I hope you really mean it's a semi-automatic. :)

    Let us know how it shoots, and enjoy!
     
  3. AbitNutz

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    I do. Otherwise after you pull the trigger I suspect it would be an anti-aircraft pistol.
     
  4. Chuck Perry

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    Actually, per Coonan the pistol is called the Coonan Classic 357 magnum Automatic.
     
  5. TennJed

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  6. jerkface11

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    You might want to get it hard chromed it's tough and looks good.
     
  7. Flashcube

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    I like mine...

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    You shouldn't have any rust issues if you just keep it clean.

    Only stainless gun I ever managed to get any rust on was a SP101 carried in a jeans pocket during 90+ degree weather for three weeks. :scrutiny:
     
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    TennJedd,

    I see what you did there...
     
  9. Havok7416

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    Did they have it in stock at the store or did you order it?
     
  10. Willie Sutton

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    Google "Dan Coonan Evolve" and then wonder why you bought a handgun from a manufacturer who is in bed with the anti gun movement.


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  11. AbitNutz

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    I called Coonan and they pointed me to a store that had a couple in stock.
     
  12. AbitNutz

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    Flashcube: It's not about rust. It's more about lubrication and the fact I prefer a dark finish rather that bright stainless. The fact I have to soak the gun in oil (as per the youtube Coonan video) makes me want to go to H&M's Black Nitride. Plus, it will be a really unique Coonan as they never made anything but stainless.
     
  13. Havok7416

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    They have had at least 3 finishes including one called "Bling" which is purple with (I think) gold accents. They used to list them on their build sheet, but I haven't seen them in awhile.
     
  14. Chuck Perry

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    I have a new model Classic, and also had one of the original B models; I've never heard about soaking them in oil. It's not in the owner's manual. Can you post a link to the info?
     
  15. AbitNutz

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    If you go through the video interviews on youtube. If you go to youtube and search for "ask dan coonan" you'll get a whole list of them. In one of them...and I'm not going to search them. Dan Coonan actually says that you should have so much oil on the gun that you get speckled with it when you shoot it. I'm sure he's kidding but he goes on to say that the gun should be extremely well oiled.

    That makes sense as it's all stainless, which has a tendency to gaul.
     
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  16. Panzerschwein

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    I've wanted one of these for a long time. I found two for sale at a recent gun show, never before seeing one in person. Wow. WHAT A BEAST!!!!! :D:D:D Both were around $1300, a little out of my price range at the time otherwise I might own one too.

    Felt good in my hand, nice heft to it. I think with some hot loads from Buffalo Bore or Double Tap one could get better ballistics than any .357 Sig load made. I think I read that the gun also comes/came with a spare lower power spring for shooting .38 special? If so that's the cat's meow!

    UPDATE:

    I did some research on Coonan's involvement with the "Evolve" group. Many of his statements made me :barf: Did you know Dan Coonan wants you to have a dog for home defense, not a firearm?

    Won't be buying ANY of his products. EVER.
     
  17. Willie Sutton

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    ^^ This.

    No matter what he manufactures, I don't need it.



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  18. Chuck Perry

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    Ok. That's more about function than it is rust prevention and such. You need to make sure the frame rails and rail ways are well lubed. The old Model B's called for white lithium grease in these areas. The new Classics recommend the use of FP10. Mine came with a small bottle of it.
     
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