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Coonan 45 ACP , the Next Generation 1911 Pistol


Mike Searson, Ammoland

December 8, 2016

All in all, we found this to be a mild shooting 1911 with tremendous accuracy potential. We passed it around to some bonafide 1911-haters at the range, but every one of them said some form of, “I don’t usually like 1911s, but I like this one.”

Some firearms are classics and the testament to […]

By |December 8th, 2016|Editorial|0 Comments

Classic Semi-Automatic meets Classic Revolver Caliber in Coonan Compact 1911 in .357 Magnum.



Diane Walls, Women and Guns Magazine, November 1, 2016

All in all, the Coonan is an appealing choice for those shooters that love the .357 mag. cartridge but are semi-auto fans. I have to admit that I’ve never had more fun shooting that powerful and venerable load than I had with this gun. The uniqueness of the concept also appealed to my quirky nature. It’s a gun with a serious “cool factor.”

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By |November 1st, 2016|Editorial|0 Comments

Rangehot Coonan .45 ACP Video Review

Rangehot’s Hunter Elliot. Video Review of the Coonan .45 ACP
Coonan has made a name for itself building a unique 1911/Hi-Power hybrid pistol chambered in .357 Magnum but it makes sense they would get into the .45 Auto market. Coonan did not just copy the standard 1911 design and instead kept the same features from the […]

By |October 16th, 2016|Editorial, Video|0 Comments

Gun Carrier Gun Review: Coonan Classic 1911 In .357 Magnum




 Joshua Gillem,, June, 2016

I like big guns and I cannot lie…Big handguns, that is. Seriously, the bigger, more impractical they seem, the better they often are. At least for having fun at the range, anyway. One such handgun, is the Coonan Classic 1911 in .357 Magnum. I first ran into the guys from Coonan back at SHOT Show, 2016. I’d previously heard about this engineering marvel, but never had the chance to hold one in my hand, until I ran into them out at Vegas. I’m glad I did, because the guy I met broke down how it works, Barney style (think big, purple dinosaur).

After filling me with excitement over shooting a rimmed cartridge through a semi-automatic, I begged for them to send me one to test and evaluate. They obliged, and I’m happy they did. I have to say that, while this 1911 is stunning with its stainless steel-everything, I wasn’t all that impressed with the walnut grips. Not at first, anyway. I’m happy to note that they did grow on me, and I think they fit the handgun quite well, all around now that I’ve had it for several months.

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By |June 29th, 2016|Editorial|0 Comments

American Rifleman’s Gun of the Week

American Rifleman’s Joseph Kurtenbach runs down the features of the Coonan Compact Pistol.
Designed and developed by gun designer Dan Coonan, and eventually produced by the Minnesota firm bearing his name, the Coonan pistols were chambered for the .357 Mag. cartridge. First the Model A, followed by an upgraded Model B, quickly gained a following for this well-made pistol. The Coonan Compact pistol is a somewhat smaller and easier to carry version of the full-size Coonan Classic. At 39 ozs. and measuring 7.7″x5.4″, it is still a pretty hefty pistol likely to find use more as a sportsman’s gun, or even as a home-defense pistol, than as a concealment piece. Learn more in this NRA Gun of the Week video hosted by Joseph Kurtenbach.

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By |January 16th, 2016|Editorial, Video|0 Comments

Magnum Carry. Cover Story in Guns Magazine.

The Coonan .357 Magnum Compact Delivers Extra Performance In A Concealable Package.
John Taffin. Guns Magazine February 2016

The .357 Magnum does not get enough respect! Yes, we certainly have many much more powerful cartridges today, however in my mind this does not diminish the .357 Magnum in any way. It was a superb cartridge when it arrived in 1935 and it still is today.

Back around 1990 as semi-automatics really started to move to first place, there were three .357 Magnum semi-automatics offered. Of these, only the Dan Coonan-designed pistol (which bears his name) was—and still is—the only truly portable and all-day packable .357 Magnum semi-automatic. Today, Coonan offers two, basic 1911-style .357 Magnums: the 5-inch Coonan Classic and our test gun which is the 4-inch-barreled Compact Model. Both versions are offered in several variations and finishes, however our test gun is the standard Commander-sized 1911 .357 Magnum.

No secret to regular readers, most of my shooting heart and soul is captured by sixguns both single actions and double actions. A slightly smaller portion is reserved for traditionally-styled semi-automatics such as the 1911 Government Model and the Browning Hi-Power and only a very small portion is granted to polymer pistols, which I must admit are highly efficient if they don’t stir up traditional emotions in my soul. The Coonan is a traditionally-styled, semi-automatic chambered in one of the all-time great sixgun cartridges, so what’s not to like?

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By |December 8th, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments

Questioning the Coonan .357 Magnum. American Cop Magazine


Mark Kakkuri, FMG American Cop Magazine,  Nov. 24, 2015

You’ve probably heard of this pistol but never actually fired it. And it’s even less likely you’ve carried it concealed. Coonan’s Compact .357 Magnum pistol (retail $1,535), a 1911, creates more than enough intrigue just by combining the numbers “357” and “1911”. I’m hoping to create a […]

By |November 24th, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments

Coonan Introduces New 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Blaine, MN –- Coonan Inc., known for their unique 1911 chambered in .357 Magnum, introduces a new class of 1911 chambered in .45 ACP.

The Coonan 1911 .357 Magnum Auto raised the standards for 1911’s. The new.45 ACP Pistol raises the standards again by applying all of the “Coonan Difference” proven technologies from their 1911 .357 […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments

Coonan Compact .357 Magnum 1911: Carry-Friendly Fight Stopper

Scott W. Wagner, USCCA

October 2, 2015

With the right ammunition, the .357 Magnum still reigns as the ultimate conventional fight-stopping round, and it has held that distinction since its introduction 80 years ago this year. Pretty impressive considering that quite a few defensive handgun cartridges have been introduced since that time. What is more impressive […]

By |October 5th, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments

Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic, best of both worlds. Video Review.

Hunter Elliot, Editor.
I took the Coonan out and ran several boxes of factory and reloaded ammunition. Though she is a loud pistol, recoil is very manageable and I was able to easily keep seven rounds inside a three inch circle at thirty feet. The pistol shot a little better than I expected as far as being controllable under rapid fire. Though recoil is sharper than the .45 Auto it is not as sharp as the same cartridge in a mid sized revolver such as the four inch Ruger GP 100. I expect that is due to the weight and slide mass drawing out the recoil impulse. Satisfied the pistol is reliable, we planned to take it out for some accuracy test and to really run it.      …more


By |September 15th, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments