Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic

Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic

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    Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic

    I have been searching for one of these for my collection for quite some time. They have been out of production for awhile now and I was hoping maybe someone could tell me where I might find one of these. I tried many of the auction sites with no luck. Is this weapon worth the trouble? Any ideas would be welcome.

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    Neat firearm. I wish I would have picked one up way back when.

    Search gunbroker.com. There are 3 of them listed right now.

    Just do a search for Coonan Arms

    Here is the hitch.
    Important ~ You absolutely need to buy one complete with extra magazines.

    Spare mags are the weak link to buying one.

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    Wow! That is one cool gun! Looks like the sig 1911s. I would like to shoot one!
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    They are sweet.
    I almost bought a new one back in the early 90's. The only reason that I didn't was that it wouldn't digest hollowpoints and some other lil' ammo problem back then. Oh well...
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    Nice looking, but I don't think I purchase an out of production firearm for the above reasons.
    Interesting though...39oz....357?

    Good luck with the search...with no parts, you could be buying an expensive paper weight.
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    It went out of business for several reasons. They could never get the feeding totally reliable because of the cartridge case. It had a terrible reputation for choking on self-defense loads. And it weighed about a hundred pounds.
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    Owned one in the '90's. If you want one for the cool factor/"safe queen", go for it. If you want a shooter, I'd say pass. To be reliable, mine had to be so wet with grease and oil that it "soiled" my shooting glass' every mag.
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    I had shot one back then and it functioned fine. Recoil felt extremely low because most of it was eaten up in slide operation.
    I don't remember any function related problems and I also sure don't remember exactly what we were running through it.
    My overall impression was that I liked it as a firearm.

    They are decently collectible these days but the magazines are quite unique and rare.

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    Thanks so much for the input. I wanted it for the collectible reasons, a .357 auto would be a neat addition.
    As far as an everyday carry, I can't afford even 1 unreliable shot.
    My Kimber Ultra Carry II has served me well with zero malfunctions and over 6,000 rounds thru it.
    I have changed the slide springs just because they're cheap even though I had no issues.
    I didn't want any.

    Thanks again guys, great info.

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    Doesn't MR make a Desert Eagle in .357?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2fast4u2c View Post
    I have been searching for one of these for my collection for quite some time. They have been out of production for awhile now and I was hoping maybe someone could tell me where I might find one of these. I tried many of the auction sites with no luck. Is this weapon worth the trouble? Any ideas would be welcome.

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    I know someone here in VA that has one and it's a blast to shoot(and incredibly smooth I might add - felt recoil actually seems less than my regular 1911's). One problem you'll probably run into if you do manage to find one is ...spare mags. They cost a fortune since there's only so many left out there. Supply and demand. I've seen them as high as $300 per(YES JUST THE MAG!).
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