We got our first look at the Coonan Compact .357 Magnum 1911s at the SHOT Show today in Vegas. I wish I could have put some rounds through it, but the other people attending the show tend to get nervous about things like that.
The Coonan is the only 1911 style pistol chambered for .357 (that we are aware of) currently in production. To make the .357 cartage fit, the grip frame is a bit longer than a standard 1911. It is not so big that it didn’t fit my hand, but it did feel different. The extra .25 inch is added to an already robust 1911 style grip.
Coonan has promised us a review gun–in fact it is the black Compact you see here. As soon as we get the firing pin back in it, we’ll get a full review. The compact has a 6 + 1 capacity and weighs 39 Oz empty. It is about 7.7 inches long, 5.4 tall and just over an inch wide.
We took a number of photos of the different models and finishes they offer. Be sure to look though them for details.
The Coonan’s start around $1,300 and got up to $2,000 depending on finish, sights and other options.
If you can’t wait for the new review, you can check out our review of a full size Coonan from a few years ago.