Any Coonan 357 Mag shooters out there?

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    Any Coonan 357 Mag shooters out there?

    As of this year, my primary carry handgun is a new Coonan 357 semi auto. I am left handed, so I have to carry it chamber empty and hammer down. I have yet to find an ambi safety for it. A standard 1911 ambi safety will not work, I have tried....I always have my S&W 642 as a back up, but if I have to draw silently, I'll pull the 642 first as not to alarm anyone by the sound of racking the slide on my magnum....right now I appendix carry without a holster. I practice drawing and racking the slide in one motion like the Mossad trains their boys...

    My Coonan is 100% reliable since my beak in period. I mostly run handloads through it. My favorite anti-bad guy/soft target load is an LBT style 200 gr heat treated wfn. The meplate is very wide and should be a great thumper in my opinion. I'm pushing it at 1000 fps. It's a long round, but the Coonan cycles fast and smooth with it, hardly any muzzle flip and no real flash to speak of.....

    I would love to hear from other Coonan shooters out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixtygunner View Post
    As of this year, my primary carry handgun is a new Coonan 357 semi auto. I am left handed, so I have to carry it chamber empty and hammer down. I have yet to find an ambi safety for it. A standard 1911 ambi safety will not work, I have tried....I always have my S&W 642 as a back up, but if I have to draw silently, I'll pull the 642 first as not to alarm anyone by the sound of racking the slide on my magnum....right now I appendix carry without a holster. I practice drawing and racking the slide in one motion like the Mossad trains their boys...

    My Coonan is 100% reliable since my beak in period. I mostly run handloads through it. My favorite anti-bad guy/soft target load is an LBT style 200 gr heat treated wfn. The meplate is very wide and should be a great thumper in my opinion. I'm pushing it at 1000 fps. It's a long round, but the Coonan cycles fast and smooth with it, hardly any muzzle flip and no real flash to speak of.....

    I would love to hear from other Coonan shooters out there.
    While I have always been a fan of the 357, with a load like that it seems like an auto loader of 40s&w up to a 45acp would be handier, lighter, and similar performance.
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    A few forum members own one.
    I wish I was one of them.

    Here you go.

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    The Coonan fits me better. I don't like 45's anymore. I hate 40's. I always carry 2 extra mags. 45's hardly have any penetration. A 45 can't launch a 158 gr bullet @ 1400+ fps....I live in Montana....we have big nasty animals here that want to eat you....a 45 is a poor choice for that.....we have grizzly and black bears, lions, mean and nasty moose, and now a crapload of wolves running around in my back yard....I'll pass on the 45's. I need a carry gun that will work on bad guys and mean animals both.....I do like the Glock 10mm, but my Coonan does offer quite a bit of sex appeal....
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    While I have always been a fan of the 357, with a load like that it seems like an auto loader of 40s&w up to a 45acp would be handier, lighter, and similar performance.
    I live in Montana. I can change my magazine in a hurry and launch something that will penetrate better. 45's are seriously lacking in the penetration department. I have animals in my back yard that may want to eat me ie grizzlys, lions and wolves....I know for a fact that a 45 auto is a poor choice against a bear. I do know a couple guys that killed bears with 45's, but still a poor choice.....a 45 can't launch a heavy bullet 1400+ fps or even come close to the energy transfer needed..... I hate 40's, I love 10mm's, but I have a crapload of 357 mag ammo and no 10mm....

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    Last I heard you can't really BUY one. You pay your money and wait 5-8 months for the line to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    A few forum members own one.
    I wish I was one of them.

    Here you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixtygunner View Post
    I live in Montana. I can change my magazine in a hurry and launch something that will penetrate better. 45's are seriously lacking in the penetration department. I have animals in my back yard that may want to eat me ie grizzlys, lions and wolves....I know for a fact that a 45 auto is a poor choice against a bear. I do know a couple guys that killed bears with 45's, but still a poor choice.....a 45 can't launch a heavy bullet 1400+ fps or even come close to the energy transfer needed..... I hate 40's, I love 10mm's, but I have a crapload of 357 mag ammo and no 10mm....
    And all this time I was worried about zombies...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    And all this time I was worried about zombies...
    Sounds to me like if he's really worried about all that, the 357 magnum is a poor choice, especially in a bottom feeder.
    Even a 45 Colt in a Blackhawk better fits that role.
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    Great round great platform congratulations are you going to get a lever,turn bolt, or pump to match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 old 0311 View Post
    Last I heard you can't really BUY one. You pay your money and wait 5-8 months for the line to move.
    The Coonans are taking about 18 to 20 months right now, from time of order.....I've wanted one for a long time.....so 18 to 20 ain't so bad, you just have to put it into perspective....and be patient...

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    My Buddies got an original Coonan in one of his safes somewhere,but I do own and shoot an LAR Grizzly in 44 Magnum
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixtygunner View Post
    As of this year, my primary carry handgun is a new Coonan 357 semi auto. I am left handed, so I have to carry it chamber empty and hammer down. I have yet to find an ambi safety for it. A standard 1911 ambi safety will not work, I have tried....I always have my S&W 642 as a back up, but if I have to draw silently, I'll pull the 642 first as not to alarm anyone by the sound of racking the slide on my magnum....right now I appendix carry without a holster. I practice drawing and racking the slide in one motion like the Mossad trains their boys...

    My Coonan is 100% reliable since my beak in period. I mostly run handloads through it. My favorite anti-bad guy/soft target load is an LBT style 200 gr heat treated wfn. The meplate is very wide and should be a great thumper in my opinion. I'm pushing it at 1000 fps. It's a long round, but the Coonan cycles fast and smooth with it, hardly any muzzle flip and no real flash to speak of.....

    I would love to hear from other Coonan shooters out there.
    I don't have any input on the Coonan, but I do for the highlighted statement. Stop carrying it UNTIL you get a holster. A gun, especially as heavy as the Coonan is needs supported.
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    I saw at least 3 of them at the gun show last weekend. $1400.00 and up, ginormous grip, huge pistol, and I know very little about them-no thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    I don't have any input on the Coonan, but I do for the highlighted statement. Stop carrying it UNTIL you get a holster. A gun, especially as heavy as the Coonan is needs supported.
    I get that a lot. Carrying w/o a holster doesn't work for most people, but I've been wearing guns for 15+ years without a holster in one fashion or another, it works for, what can I say?

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