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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