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A shooting buddy told me that he just couldn't stand shooting his Coonan 357 Mag. Too much recoil; too much muzzle flip; too much muzzle blast for him. He offered it to me for a ridiculously low price and I couldn't resist, so I snapped it up. Original case and all the paperwork. Don't know exactly what the heck I'm going to do with it, but it is heavy enough that I could beat a hog to death with it in about two strokes.





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Looks like fun. Is your friend a woman?


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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Looks like fun. Is your friend a woman?

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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Looks like fun. Is your friend a woman?


No, he's a man, ex-Marine Corps after 25 years of service, served in Korea and Vietnam. He's 87 years old and just doesn't like the beating the Coonan gives out. And you? Are you a woman?

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Understandable.

No. Iím a man. I didnít mean to upset anyone. It was just a question.


Re: Coonan 357 Magnum [Re: mikei] #7157903
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Nice-looking firearm! I always wondered what they were like to shoot. You could probably tame it with a porting job or a compensator if necessary.




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I want one.


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Re: Coonan 357 Magnum [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks] #7157951
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Nice-looking firearm! I always wondered what they were like to shoot. You could probably tame it with a porting job or a compensator if necessary.


They are a handful to shoot, even though they're quite heavy. I would liken the recoil to that of a 460 Rowland. Not totally unpleasant, but you have brace yourself and understand that you're not going to get back on target too quickly because of the muzzle flip. Definitely not a piece you want to spend the day at the range shooting.

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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
I want one.



Tactical Cowboy, go here to get yourself one!!

http://www.coonaninc.com/product/357-magnum-classic/

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Originally Posted By: mikei
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Nice-looking firearm! I always wondered what they were like to shoot. You could probably tame it with a porting job or a compensator if necessary.


They are a handful to shoot, even though they're quite heavy. I would liken the recoil to that of a 460 Rowland. Not totally unpleasant, but you have brace yourself and understand that you're not going to get back on target too quickly because of the muzzle flip. Definitely not a piece you want to spend the day at the range shooting.


As a handgun dummy, what makes them so hard to shoot?


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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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Nice-looking firearm! I always wondered what they were like to shoot. You could probably tame it with a porting job or a compensator if necessary.


They are a handful to shoot, even though they're quite heavy. I would liken the recoil to that of a 460 Rowland. Not totally unpleasant, but you have brace yourself and understand that you're not going to get back on target too quickly because of the muzzle flip. Definitely not a piece you want to spend the day at the range shooting.


As a handgun dummy, what makes them so hard to shoot?
Recoil....large hot load in a "small" firearm....


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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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Can you shoot any type of bullets in those, or are you restricted to something like wadcutters only?


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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
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Nice-looking firearm! I always wondered what they were like to shoot. You could probably tame it with a porting job or a compensator if necessary.


They are a handful to shoot, even though they're quite heavy. I would liken the recoil to that of a 460 Rowland. Not totally unpleasant, but you have brace yourself and understand that you're not going to get back on target too quickly because of the muzzle flip. Definitely not a piece you want to spend the day at the range shooting.


As a handgun dummy, what makes them so hard to shoot?
Recoil....large hot load in a "small" firearm....


But it is a .357 Magnum, right? I think I want one...

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Originally Posted By: mikei
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I want one.



Tactical Cowboy, go here to get yourself one!!

http://www.coonaninc.com/product/357-magnum-classic/


Iíve handled them before but have never shot one.


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Nice-looking firearm! I always wondered what they were like to shoot. You could probably tame it with a porting job or a compensator if necessary.


They are a handful to shoot, even though they're quite heavy. I would liken the recoil to that of a 460 Rowland. Not totally unpleasant, but you have brace yourself and understand that you're not going to get back on target too quickly because of the muzzle flip. Definitely not a piece you want to spend the day at the range shooting.


As a handgun dummy, what makes them so hard to shoot?
Recoil....large hot load in a "small" firearm....
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Biggest revolver/pistol I've ever shot was a Ruger Blackhawk .30 carbine....that was 35 years ago when I was about 17.....it was about dusk and between the recoil....the fan of fire from between the cylinder and barrel, and the 50 ft long 20 ft wide flame out the end of the barrel I had all I wanted......

Largest pistol I've fired (or even desired to shoot) since was a .357 Mag in a 6" stainless Colt Trooper III, .45 ACP 1911, or .40 S&W......


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Can you shoot any type of bullets in those, or are you restricted to something like wadcutters only?

Texas Til I Die, the dreaded owner's manual that comes with the Coonan recommends 125 grain and 158 grain bullet. "The Coonan pistols are factory sprung (22 pound recoil spring) to function with 125 grain and 158 grain JACKETED ammunition." It goes on to say that the use of mild loads or "cowboy" loads or any other low powered ammunition will not allow the pistol to function normally with the factory installed recoil spring. I've seen a lot of different weight bullets passed through this big baby before I acquired it, and they all performed quite well. I think Coonan is just saying that those two weights are optimum, based on their testing. Coonan includes a 10 pound recoil spring for use with .38 Special +P ammunition. They also recommend a break in protocol of 200-500 rounds of 357 Mag ammo.

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12lb difference in recoil spring between .357 and 38 special??


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Biggest problem with the Coonan is the shear size and weight plus it takes a pretty good size hand to comfortably get a grip (Long reach to the trigger). As far as recoil the weight and the action adsorbs allot of that.


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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
12lb difference in recoil spring between .357 and 38 special??


Tactical Cowboy, that's what the manual says; I have no way to test it.

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I don't get all the hype about recoil etc.....it's a .357 magnum. I think a lot of shooters think to much about the recoil of certain calibers instead of just shooting it like they would any other 1911. They stiffen up too much and that magnifies the felt recoil.

I saw this recently with my SIL shooting my 10mm 1911. I told him to just relax and shoot it like a 9mm. Let it recoil, don't fight it. Once he did that he was accurate and not intimidated before he got started shooting.

I might have to add one of theses to my 1911 collection. I currently have .22, 9mm, 45acp, and 10mm.

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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
I don't get all the hype about recoil etc.....it's a .357 magnum. I think a lot of shooters think to much about the recoil of certain calibers instead of just shooting it like they would any other 1911. They stiffen up too much and that magnifies the felt recoil.

I saw this recently with my SIL shooting my 10mm 1911. I told him to just relax and shoot it like a 9mm. Let it recoil, don't fight it. Once he did that he was accurate and not intimidated before he got started shooting.

I might have to add one of theses to my 1911 collection. I currently have .22, 9mm, 45acp, and 10mm.


There are some of us out here who don't particularly care for the heavy recoiling calibers. I, for instance, am the president on NARAW (National Association of Recoil Avoiding Whimps), and all of the members of the Association have shot the Coonan and are in agreement that a long day of shooting this big feller is not a whole lot of fun. I do agree with you that tightening up/tensing up is not good and will certainly increase the "felt recoil" of whatever you're shooting. I, personally, am good for about 2 magazines (14 rounds) of 357 Mags out of Mr. Coonan's creation and am then eager to put it down and get on to the next firearm in the arsenal!

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I would really like to have one of those. I kinda like recoil. I carry that real lite s&w 44 at the lease. I been known to own 500 s&w, 480 ruger, 460 Rowland, oh ya desert eagle 50 ae. Go ahead and say it - yíall think Iím compensating for something. Well might as well throw in the 338 lapua, 458 soccom and 50 Beowulf. Lol


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