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357 magnum auto

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by GUNNY, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. GUNNY

    GUNNY DAMASCUS OREGON Member

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    I was wondering if anyone knows where to get a COONAN 357 mag auto, i have been looking for years, and KEITH has been looking for one sine 05. why did this gun stop being produced. 357 magnum auto thats a dream come true
     
  2. onearmedswordsman

    onearmedswordsman Hillsboro, OR Member

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    Are you one of the bidders on Gunbroker.com item 144080701? Reserve not met at $650, with just under 18hrs left as of 6:30pm PST. Prepare to shell out quite a few makaroo$.
     
  3. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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  4. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The magazines are expensive as well. There was a rumor that Dan Coonan was going to start producing them again but so far his website is "under construction" as they say. I think the rarity is driving the prices and those that have them tend to keep them for their uniqueness of being the only .357 magnum automatic other than the Desert Eagle. They are quite a joy to shoot with very little recoil and a dramatic muzzle flash. I also have the .38 Special conversion magazine. It is just a spacer in the magazine and a less powerful recoil spring but it does work. Let me know if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer any about this unique pistol.

     
  5. GUNNY

    GUNNY DAMASCUS OREGON Member

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    Sweet
     
  6. G-19

    G-19 vancouver Member

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    How is grip? It looks massive. Will it fit smaller hands?
     
  7. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    Smaller then my degal (Deseart Eagle)
     
  8. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The grip is tall but since it is a single stack and with the short trigger the grip is actually quite comfortable and I have small hands I guess although a Beretta is just fine for me but a Para Ordnance is too wide. Because it is so tall it looks big for my hands and there is a nice gap between my pinky finger and the bottom of the grip. Being made of all steel it is heavy compared to alloy or plastic frames. It gives a nice solid feel when shooting. It is a bit big for concealed carry but it would make a good field pistol or home defense gun if you wanted the power of the .357 magnum.

    I think that the .357 sig round or the 9x23 winchester compare with the .357 magnum in an autopistol and maybe why the Coonan is having a hard time finding a niche. Given the quality of construction I can't see this pistol being sold for less than $800 retail if it were put back in production. It would definitely be a high end niche weapon like some of the more spendy 1911's.