Monthly Archives: May 2015

Gun World April 2015: Bulked Up and Ready To Rumble

Text & Photos by Mike Dickerson
.357 Magnum Punch with 1911 Style
As a graduate student at Mankato University in 1976, Dan Coonan and his roommate regularlarly debated the relative merits of a 1911 .45 ACP versus a .357 Magnum revolver. To settle the score, parties agreed to a shootout,with the winner being the first to put […]

By |May 26th, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments

USCCA Blog: Gun and Gear Reviews, Coonan .357 Magnum

USCCA Blog, Scott Wagner, May 17, 2015

The Coonan .357 Magnum (yes the Magnum revolver cartridge-not the .357 SIG) has been around off and on again for quite a few years.  I always felt the concept was intriguing — a reasonably sized semi-automatic 1911 style pistol, chambered for the mighty .357 Magnum revolver round.

Back in the […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments

.357 Shoot Off: Coonan versus Python

by Dave Higgenbotham on MAY 3, 2015

Comparing a Coonan .357 Magnum to an old Colt Python may not seem like a logical paring. The Coonan is in production now. The Python is not. And in this specific case, I’m looking at a compact Coonan and a stretched out Python. Clearly it isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison. The only similarity is the .357 Magnum round. Every other aspect of the guns is markedly different. At stake here is something much more than the Coonan V Python question; this is the revolver pitted against the automatic.

So let’s delve a bit into the philosophical underpinnings of this article. Odds are, if you’re over 40, the first handgun you shot was a revolver. It is not a universal truth, but shooting skills are taught from generational experience–passed down. And through most of the 20th century, revolvers dominated the civilian market. My father taught me to shoot with an old Iver-Johnson 5 shot .38. Even though I grew up in the age of GLOCK, I was much more familiar with the function of a wheel-gun.

For the generation below me, pistols carry more significance than revolvers. The market is now dominated by slim single stacks that are only marginally more concealable than their plastic framed counterparts. Yet the revolver went through a massive period of decline. Neglect, even. Nothing says “1970s” like a big-bore, large framed, cold blue revolver.

Read the rest of the article at GunsAmerica.


By |May 3rd, 2015|Editorial|1 Comment