Had one several years ago, I should have never ever got rid of it. Had a very good diet, loved the higher end .357's. As I remember it seemed to feed very well w/no hiccups with any above average new .357's. It did not like the cheap stuff nor did it like any reloads. Shot well/safe/dependable and very well made.--Pricey but so what-good handgun.
in the mid '80s one of the US Customs agents that was searching my boat had one as his duty weapon. we struck up a conversation about it. he really liked his and had a lot of good to say about it and I have wanted one ever since.
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The original maker of the coonan is making it again with some design improvements, one of which, if I am not mistaken, is that the new production guns can shoot .38 special without any changes to the gun. I had a chance to shoot the coonan a couple of months ago....here is the post I made about that day if anyone is
big Shrek the one thing that the Coonan has going for it is that it is nearly identical to a standard 1911. The grip is a little larger but pretty much the same. There is nothing small about the Desert Eagle. Not practical for me to carry around one.
It has a couple of advantages over the Desert Eagle ...For one thing, it is flatter and more compact and is actually a concealable, carryable weapon.
For the other, it is RECOIL operated, not gas operated. The Desert Eagle uses so much gas to operate that massive slide that your ballistics with the DE in .357 are closer to a regular .38 special with a long barrell and not magnum ballistics at all. Years ago I was at the range where some DEs were being fired with other guns. Basically for the cost of a new Desert Eagle in .44 magnum you could get two four inch 629s back then and they had higher velocities than the six inch DE did to boot. DE looks impressive, but at the end of the day - it's just just a movie prop. The Coonan and the LAR Grizzly are weapons.
I was at a gunshow in Ft. Worth yesterday and I did find a dealer who had one of the Coonans I could fondle as well as an LAR Grizzly pistol in 45 Winchester Magnum. Two cool auto pistols for sure, and although I don't need them that certainly doesn't keep me from wanting them