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clogspecialist
02-19-2012, 11:09
Recently discovered this very strange pistol. I think its extremely interesting, and would like to hear anyone's thoughts if anyone on GT owns one. I really wonder what reliability and accuracy is like with these "hybrid" handguns

faawrenchbndr
02-19-2012, 11:41
There are a few members here with them.

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1384897&highlight=coonan

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1357786&highlight=coonan

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1357408&highlight=coonan

bac1023
02-19-2012, 11:47
They're awesome shooters.

Mine is an original, not new production.


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/115.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/117.jpg

Tim151515
02-19-2012, 12:38
do they all have grips like ^^^ or do they come checkered as well?

bac1023
02-19-2012, 13:07
do they all have grips like ^^^ or do they come checkered as well?

All smooth as far as I know.

They don't take standard 1911 grips. Its not actually a 1911, but its based off of one.

jrs93accord
02-19-2012, 16:05
Here is mine. According to Dan Coonan, it is a late '80s production. These pistols are a real blast to shoot. They are a bit pricey new, around $1300. Used ones can run from $1000-$1200. I got mine for a steal. I bought it from a guy in Missoula, MT for $840 shipped and that included two magazines. It did not come in the original case, but that was still a helluva deal.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea%202012/001-4.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea%202012/002-4.jpg

bac1023
02-19-2012, 16:11
That was a great deal, James. :cool:

jrs93accord
02-19-2012, 16:23
All smooth as far as I know.

They don't take standard 1911 grips. Its not actually a 1911, but its based off of one.

Darn, you beat me to it.

On the prototype model, the original barrel and barrel link design was that of the 1911. It was later redesigned to a linkless barrel system with the introduction of the Coonan B.

The 1911 and the Coonan have few things in common.

There are 18 parts that are direct replacements:
•Hammer & Pin
•Hammer Strut & Pin
•Sear, & Pin
•Sear Spring
•Disconnector & Pin
•Thumb Safety
•Plunger Tube, Pins (Front & Rear), and Spring
•Barrel Bushing
•Recoil Plug
•Grip Screws
•Grip Bushings

and there are 6 parts that require some modification:
•Firing Pin Stop
•Grip Safety
•Recoil Spring
•Ejector
•Recoil Spring Tube
•Sights


Also, Coonan Arms does offer some really nice checkered grips.

http://www.coonaninc.com/products.php/wood_grip_set_fully_checkered_walnut/cPath,6

http://www.coonaninc.com/products.php/black_checkered_milled/cPath,6

bac1023
02-19-2012, 16:47
Yeah, it's styled after the 1911, but there are many differences.

The dimensions aren't even the same.

clogspecialist
02-27-2012, 14:41
Here is mine. According to Dan Coonan, it is a late '80s production. These pistols are a real blast to shoot. They are a bit pricey new, around $1300. Used ones can run from $1000-$1200. I got mine for a steal. I bought it from a guy in Missoula, MT for $840 shipped and that included two magazines. It did not come in the original case, but that was still a helluva deal.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea%202012/001-4.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea%202012/002-4.jpg

She sure is purty, how is accuracy?

jrs93accord
02-27-2012, 14:56
She sure is purty, how is accuracy?

Even with me behind the trigger, it can hit where you point it. I have no problem doing quick head shots from 7 yds.

fnfalman
02-27-2012, 15:03
Do those things cycle on .38 Special ammo?

jrs93accord
02-27-2012, 15:41
Do those things cycle on .38 Special ammo?

They can, but you need the correct recoil spring to do so.

dajowi
03-05-2012, 10:25
I owned a Coonan for a number of years. A great pistol. Accurate. Fun to shoot. It's great that Dan is making them again.

Poohgyrr
11-30-2012, 19:27
Here is the Model B I USED to own. :crying:

A great pistol that I would have kept if I had guessed Dan would resume production. Very accurate, reliable, etc......
Shoots all 357 Magnum ammo, and 38 Special as well.


http://i804.photobucket.com/albums/yy329/Poohgyrr/Guns/coonansparks0oa.jpg

RYT 2BER
11-30-2012, 20:22
I always think they seem pretty cool, but to my eyes they are as ugly as sin.

MrVvrroomm
11-30-2012, 20:58
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y148/MrVvrroomm/Shoot/IMG_0987.jpg

My original Model B with custom grips. A buddy made them.

I've been up to Dan's shop a few times. We've actually swapped some reloading data. They love FULL power loads.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y148/MrVvrroomm/Shoot/coonan_1_0003.jpg

SigFTW
11-30-2012, 21:07
This is the one I ordered, it should be ready in 3 to 4 months. It's taking forever! :impatient:

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/alumgrip600.jpg

bac1023
11-30-2012, 21:27
I always think they seem pretty cool, but to my eyes they are as ugly as sin.




Wow, you think they're ugly?

To each their own, I guess. :)

bac1023
11-30-2012, 21:30
This is the one I ordered, it should be ready in 3 to 4 months. It's taking forever! :impatient:

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/alumgrip600.jpg

It will be worth the wait. :cool:

RYT 2BER
11-30-2012, 22:42
Wow, you think they're ugly?

To each their own, I guess. :)

My taste tends to be a bit blingy, and they look almost like dated 1911s to me... Kind of the same issues I have with the 10mm deltas... They just look "old"

I will admit, I like the ones with the black machine aluminum grips in the pics above... I guess those just have enough of a modern look for me over the more stayed smooth wood.

Again though taste is of course subjective. :embarassed:

I've thought about ordering one for laughs but I've got to take it easy with more $1500 toys..

The gun still on the top of my "dumb things I don't need and shouldn't spend money on" is a s&w 500 revolver.... Only God knows why

CDR_Glock
11-30-2012, 23:03
I acquired an 80s model from a friend. I updated the adjustable sights with low profile tritium by Novak. It cost a bundle to get it modified but it was worth it. Accuracy is great. I hit 50 and 75 yard plates with it, open sights, free handed standing.

Reliability is excellent but it does not cycle Blazer Aluminum 357 magnums. It only does brass. Never tried 38 because I don't like that round. I only use 158 and 125 grains of 357. Never tried the other weights of ammo.

It's a huge grip but it's comfortable. Handles recoil very well, and it's the softest shooting 357 magnum I own. It's not a true 1911 but it's a bad ass pistol with an 8 plus 1 capacity. It's a practical round and a go to gun for me. Ankle carry. NOT!

Far from useless. It's a great gun and it always brings a smile to my face when I shoot it.

SDGlock23
12-01-2012, 07:13
The Coonan certainly has a cool factor! If I wasn't broke I might get one with night sights.

bac1023
12-01-2012, 19:28
My taste tends to be a bit blingy, and they look almost like dated 1911s to me... Kind of the same issues I have with the 10mm deltas... They just look "old"

I will admit, I like the ones with the black machine aluminum grips in the pics above... I guess those just have enough of a modern look for me over the more stayed smooth wood.

Again though taste is of course subjective. :embarassed:

I've thought about ordering one for laughs but I've got to take it easy with more $1500 toys..

The gun still on the top of my "dumb things I don't need and shouldn't spend money on" is a s&w 500 revolver.... Only God knows why

I actually prefer classic looking firearms. :cool:

janice6
12-01-2012, 19:51
You guys are killing me. I can only dream of having one. Same ammo as my CCW revolvers.

The lead time might be the rest of my life. I'll just have to keep saving.

Veedubklown
02-11-2013, 20:21
Wow, you think they're ugly?

To each their own, I guess. :)

I have to admit I'm not a fan either, but for me it's the full length dust cover. Some are done well, this one.. isn't. Also, that trigger looks goofy. How's the grip on em? It looks really big, almost disproportionate, and definitely off that key profile that the 1911 has down perfect.

jrs93accord
02-12-2013, 04:18
I have to admit I'm not a fan either, but for me it's the full length dust cover. Some are done well, this one.. isn't. Also, that trigger looks goofy. How's the grip on em? It looks really big, almost disproportionate, and definitely off that key profile that the 1911 has down perfect.

I will say this, my Coonan .357 is one of the nicest shooting pistols out there. It very comfortable to shoot. I have even had some first-time female shooters try it and shoot very well with it. Looks are not everything. Until you have shot one, you are missing out on a fantastic shooter.

bac1023
02-12-2013, 05:42
I have to admit I'm not a fan either, but for me it's the full length dust cover. Some are done well, this one.. isn't. Also, that trigger looks goofy. How's the grip on em? It looks really big, almost disproportionate, and definitely off that key profile that the 1911 has down perfect.

Ok. The reason its profile is different than a 1911 is because it NOT a 1911. I've said that over and over on this forum. No offense to you, because its probably the first time you have heard it.

The trigger looks "goofy" because its not a 1911 trigger. It pivots. Also, there is no barrel link, which is a key feature in the 1911's design. The frame is bigger because it fires a 357 magnum round. The grips are wider. The grip safety is different. I wouldn't compare the full length dust cover to a 1911 with the same feature, because they're two different guns.

Yes, it has some 1911 traits, but the Coonan is its own design. Why people (such as the OP) constantly want to refer to it as a 1911, I don't understand. If you handle one, you'll know instantly that its a totally different breed.

I will certainly agree the 1911 looks better.

bac1023
02-12-2013, 05:43
I will say this, my Coonan .357 is one of the nicest shooting pistols out there. It very comfortable to shoot. I have even had some first-time female shooters try it and shoot very well with it. Looks are not everything. Until you have shot one, you are missing out on a fantastic shooter.

It is an awesome shooter, James.

I personally like the looks of it quite a bit. :)

DFin
02-12-2013, 09:02
I always think they seem pretty cool, but to my eyes they are as ugly as sin.

Kind of like a stainless steel Glock.

spcwes
02-12-2013, 16:27
Dan needs more product pics on the website, hard to find them. Just my $.02.

janice6
02-12-2013, 16:40
For the question of "How is it to shoot?" Coonan's daughters have little problems with them. I talked with one and she says they're fun and easy to shoot.

http://www.coonaninc.com/news13.php

bac1023
02-12-2013, 16:52
They're very easy to shoot, Janice. The gun weighs nearly 45oz empty. :)

Veedubklown
02-13-2013, 21:35
Ok. The reason its profile is different than a 1911 is because it NOT a 1911....

I will certainly agree the 1911 looks better.

Oh no bac, I know it's quite different, I've seen you say that many times on here. I can see the mechanical differences, but there is still parts interchangeability between the guns for *some* stuff. The bigger grip due to the bigger round I also figured, but I've held a 10mm 1911 and it wasn't too bad. This looks really goofy. Also, the dust cover just makes it look, squirt-gunish I suppose. I know it's not a 1911, but it's like.. 1/3. And in that 2/3s that's not, they effed it up in the aesthetics department.

bac1023
02-14-2013, 09:44
Oh no bac, I know it's quite different, I've seen you say that many times on here. I can see the mechanical differences, but there is still parts interchangeability between the guns for *some* stuff. The bigger grip due to the bigger round I also figured, but I've held a 10mm 1911 and it wasn't too bad. This looks really goofy. Also, the dust cover just makes it look, squirt-gunish I suppose. I know it's not a 1911, but it's like.. 1/3. And in that 2/3s that's not, they effed it up in the aesthetics department.

Well, it was originally designed in the 1970's. Things were different back then. :)

10mm 1911s use a real 1911 frame, but the 357 has a longer overall length.

Poohgyrr
02-14-2013, 10:35
I will say this, my Coonan .357 is one of the nicest shooting pistols out there. It very comfortable to shoot. I have even had some first-time female shooters try it and shoot very well with it. Looks are not everything. Until you have shot one, you are missing out on a fantastic shooter.

Absolutely. Mine had no problem emptying mags full of current factory full power ammo into one (small) hole at 30'. And I'm not the world's greatest shooter.

Accurate. Reliable when you lube per instructions. These are easier to CCW than the (also great) 7 and 8 round S&W revolvers being made these days.

These shoot 38 Specials, and surpass what the 357Sig can do.

These are sweet shooting pistols.

Here is are pics of my old original Model B that I sold before Dan resumed production and resolved the mag shortage problem:

http://i804.photobucket.com/albums/yy329/Poohgyrr/Guns/coonan357magnum2cf.jpg

http://i804.photobucket.com/albums/yy329/Poohgyrr/Guns/coonansparks0oa.jpg

XDMUSER
02-14-2013, 10:45
Here is mine. According to Dan Coonan, it is a late '80s production. These pistols are a real blast to shoot. They are a bit pricey new, around $1300. Used ones can run from $1000-$1200. I got mine for a steal. I bought it from a guy in Missoula, MT for $840 shipped and that included two magazines. It did not come in the original case, but that was still a helluva deal.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea%202012/001-4.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea%202012/002-4.jpg

Man wish I could find one in that good of shape! I have seen and passed on several over the last few years. All of them looked like they had been drug behind a truck through the streets. Nice cannon!

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