Coonan Expands Beyond .357 Mag 1911s – .45 Available & 9mm, 10mm Coming – SHOT Show 2017

Coonan Inc.

When you make great stuff that everyone loves, eventually you have to decide to make some new and different stuff. I think that is the case with Coonan Inc., makers of the famous .357 Magnum 1911.

It may seem like a digression to move from a truly novel product to a very common product, a regular old .45ACP 1911, but why not? There are dozens of small 1911 shops out there, many of them with guns in the multi-thousand dollar range, and it is not uncommon for them to be backordered 6 months. Americans love the 1911.

Since Coonan had to overcome the oddness of the rimmed .357 case to make a gun that ran and that was accurate, why not bring that experience, and manufacturing methods, to a gun with a broader appeal?

With a linkless barrel, pivoting trigger and external extractor, the Coonan .45 is reasonably priced at $1,375 as a base model. At the link above they are currently backordered, so I doubt we’ll even get a test gun for a while, but if you already have experienced the “Coonan Difference,” you can get in line now for the new gun. You can also reach Coonan Inc. at 763.786.1720 in Blaine Minnesota.

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  • ron henkel April 4, 2017, 2:33 pm

    Have you done any review’s on Diamondplate or Hi-point 9mm models? I purchased a Taurus PT709 and it’s too small for my hands.It must be a 3 finger gun. Based on the gun I purchased,my FUNDS are limited.Thanks Ron.

  • D G Regensberg January 31, 2017, 5:09 pm

    have been waiting for new COONAN .45ACP for almost a year now, can’t wait!

  • Dan Carpenter January 31, 2017, 12:48 pm

    Until Conan builds a weapon with an AMBI SAFETY, I don’t want to hear about them!

  • ToddB January 31, 2017, 8:42 am

    Coonans appeal was the innovation, the fact they got a 1911 to run a rimmed 357 mag. So instead of something new and innovative. They will sell the exact same thing as everybody else. They could easily make that 357 design run the longer 7.62×25, maybe even a double stack mag. I put a barrel in mine, but can’t run factory ammo due to the length. Why not a 44 mag or 45 colt gun, something to set themselves apart, vs yawn another 1911 in 45ACP.

    • Zupglick January 31, 2017, 1:18 pm

      I’d love a 44mag (NOT Automag!).

    • Steve P January 31, 2017, 4:31 pm

      .45 Long Colt, now that would be different!

      • Cloudface February 2, 2017, 1:00 pm

        I like the idea, but why not go a step further and try .45-70? Revolvers have been made in this caliber.
        Alternately, I’ve noticed that no one has tried a caliber smaller than .177. Where’s the .0885 wildcat? .02? Be interesting to see what magnum loading would do… A handgun could be…quite concealable and suppressible… and a full magazine could pack 100-200 rounds. (Or you could miniaturize a six-pack gatling for one-hand indoor varmint shooting. 🙂

      • Kent April 23, 2017, 10:12 pm

        .45 Colt would be a challenge. Long brass cartridge to extract, without a high level of pressure. How about .454 Casull?

  • Roy January 31, 2017, 8:18 am

    I own a Coonan and love the gun. It is a real attention taker at the range. Can’t wait to see the .45 and the 9mm. Any specs available, are the rimless models going to have the same rake on the grip or more traditional? Any chance Coonan would (Dan, are you reading this) would consider doing the 41Mag crowd a solid and build a Super Coonan chambered 41Mag/41Spcl? I will be the beta tester if you need.

    For the uninitiated – I usually take the Coonan and a Desert Eagle to the range at the same time, the Coonan is lighter, smoother, prettier (and I love my DE), and get almost as many comments from passers by.

  • Robert January 31, 2017, 6:47 am

    I had two .357’s and loved the size/fit and novelty

    Hated the stove pipes, sending back and slide lock peeling back after only a couple hundred rounds

    That said I did strongly consider and passed when the .45 came out but, the 9 or 10?

    I think I’ll have to scoop up one of those!

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