.357 Magnum in an auto pistol

Danica with Coonan .357

Danica with Coonan .357

While in Minnesota, I got to introduce Arne Boberg to Dan Coonan. Dan’s .357 autoloader is only fractionally larger than an M1911, holds the same seven rounds and runs either 38spl or 357mag. I was always curious why people liked them…shooting one in Nevada explained. For one, Coonan has a better trigger than any 1911 I tried. For another, 357mag shoots really flat — hitting half-size metal silhouettes at 50m was no problem. It has just about no felt recoil with 38s and very little — on par with CZ75B — with 357s.

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6 Responses to .357 Magnum in an auto pistol

  1. Scott Johnson says:

    They’re pricey beasts IIRC. I could probably pick up THREE S&W model 66s for one one of those costs 🙂

    • Oleg Volk says:

      And enjoy roughly three times the recoil. I gave a SW66 to a close friend once — he couldn’t deal with the recoil of 357s and ended up replacing it. This one does what 10mm auto does — but 357mag ammo is easier to find. No cylinder gap also means higher muzzle velocity. Pricey, yes. Worth it? Your call. I like it. It’s enjoyable to shoot.

      • Scott Johnson says:

        Well, I’ve been accused of being a recoil junkie. Primary carry for many years was a 2 and 1/8th inch SP101 with full-house 125gr loads.

        Now that I’m over 40 I do tend to tone it back a bit.

  2. Rivrdog says:

    /wipes drool off face/


    The only pistol to compare it with is the MR Desert Eagle, and that’s no comparison, the Desert Eagle is a crew-served pistol, needs a weapons carrier to tow it on it’s gun carriage.



  3. Turk says:

    I had a Coonan model B. SUPER accurate by extremely finicky about ammo. I’ve always wanted to try out a Coonan cadet…

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