SOLD FOR: $3,982.17
Model: .357 Magnum Automatic
Serial Number: HFA7351
Year of Manufacture: 1977-1994
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic”. The barrel is marked “.357 MAG”. The right side of the frame is marked “HFA7351” and “Coonan, Inc. Blaine, MN”.
Barrel Length: The barrel is 5.5″ and has a permanently attached compensator giving an overall length of 6.75″ A spare 5″ barrel is included.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Trijicon night sight front blade dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch fixed Novak Low-Mount style Trijicon Night sight, dovetailed and screw-set to the rear of the slide. The night sights are slightly dimmed but still luminous in dark conditions.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered wood that appear original to the pistol. There are minor nicks and compression marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The sides of the slide and frame are brushed stainless. The top of the slide and bottom of the frame have a matte stainless finish.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: Both barrels display crisp rifling and no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is minor operational wear on the compensator where it retracts into the frame. The screw heads are crisp and clean. The markings are clear and legible. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single action trigger pull is light and crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a through cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with three 7 round stainless steel magazines showing little to no wear. Also included is a second 5″ stainless barrel, a stainless barrel bushing, three spare recoil springs, a spare stainless short guide rod, four spare stainless grip screws, and a black foam lined Coonan soft case with cut outs for the pistol, the magazines, and accessories.
Our Assessment: Looking like a 1911 pistol on steroids, the Coonan .357 is an impressive firearm by any metric. An elegant solution to a complex engineering problem, the Coonan allows use of rimmed .357 Magnum ammunition in a semi-automatic platform. Fans of the 1911 pistol platform will be right at home with the Coonan and the substantial 48 oz. weight, as well as the installed compensator, will help tame the recoil of the .357 Magnum cartridge. Dan Coonan was forced to close his doors in 1998 and while he returned to the market in the late 2000s with the Coonan Classic model, the company has closed and Coonan pistols are no longer manufactured. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the earlier production guns and with it’s magnificent condition and extra barrel this one will hold as much appeal for the shooters as it will with collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!