SOLD FOR: $2810
Make: Coonan Inc.
Model: Classic .357 Magnum Automatic
Serial Number: ELA3996
Year of Manufacture: 2013-2020
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “Coonan .357″ and “MAGNUM / AUTOMATIC”. The barrel is marked “.357 MAG”. The right side of the frame is marked “ELA3996” and “Coonan, Inc. Blaine, MN”.
Barrel Length: 5″
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 and easily acquired in low light conditions.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece aftermarket Stoner CNC black and gray G-10 panels with a starburst style texturing and thumb relief cut on the left panel. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Also included are the original two-piece checkered alloy Coonan grips. The grips have some scattered light marks. The checkering is sharp. The original grips rate in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Brushed & Matte Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. In my opinion, the bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are scattered light handling marks and there is standard operational wear. There are a few scuffs which have caused smooth spots, most noticeable on the matte portions. 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: Included is a Coonan soft case, manual, the previously described spare grips, three 7-round magazines, and a spare recoil spring.
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 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 Coonan pistols and with it’s magnificent condition and with three magazines, this one will hold as much appeal for the shooters as it will with collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!
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