Welcome everyone to the 146th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.
In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, decided the 308 chambered 1911 was Fudd crap.
At this time the original auction has ended after a 17 bid bidding war. Congratulations to GunBroker buyer navy84 on the purchase of your $605 single shot 1911.
In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a Coonan Classic 1911 chambered in .357 Magnum. As is tradition, this extra-long 1911 is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $3,999.
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Is This Magnum 1911 Beautiful or Barbaric?
Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:
“I hate that I don’t hate it” -Tim C.
“I’ve fired one of those exact models and they are insanely fun. Literally no recoil with a huge fireball.” – Matt E.“I toured the Coonan factory in 1999. Beautiful guns. Nice people. I didn’t want one then and I still don’t want one now.” – Pete“What is best in life? To crush your wallet? To see your dollars driven before you and hear the lamentation of you wife? Winning the battle doesn’t really matter if you don’t have a Coonan!” – Luke C.“I’ve always wanted one. HOT GAT!” – Doug E.“Finally a 1911 that has as much firepower as fudds have been claiming for years” – Lucas D.“My mind is telling me no, but my body’s telling me yes.” – Will P.“I’ve used one. Lots of fun but company is stuck in the past. No accessory rail and no optic mounting options” – Nick C.“Coonan the Barbooian” – James Reeves
Selling this magnum compensated gat is GunBroker seller Webstore11, located in Burnsville MN. Let’s see what they had to say about this Coonan Classic.
Make/Model: Coonan Classic Compensated .357
- Caliber: .357 Magnum
- Barrel: 6.5″ With Compensator
- Firearm is previously owned and in very good condition
- Barrel is in very good condition with some rub marks from normal wear and firing. Small scratch on the bottom left side of the compensator
- Bore is clean, bright and smooth. Rifling is sharp
- Frame is in very good condition with a very light rub mark on the pistol grip below the trigger guard
- Slide is in very good condition with one small mark just forward of the ejection port towards the muzzle
- Grips are in excellent condition with no blemishes or cracks
- Night sights are dim
- 1 Magazine
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NOTE: Payment must be received within 7 days of the auction closing
NOTE: Please view ALL photos prior to bidding. The photos serve as documentation to the gun’s actual condition. We include a basic description in the auction–however, THE PICTURES ARE THE REAL DESCRIPTION OF THE GUN’S CONDITION.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably never seen a Coonan before. I did a little digging and it looks like they filed for bankruptcy in 1994 and were formally dissolved in 1998. Oddly enough, it certainly looks like it would be more fun to shoot than say a Desert Eagle in the same chambering. Probably a tad bit louder with the compensator though.
The 90s was an interesting time for the handgun industry, and this is a prime example of exactly that. While polymer frame handguns were slowly being introduced, the old guard was still exploring 1911s in various shapes, sizes, and calibers. To me, this gun is a mixture of intriguing and confusing. I’d love to shoot one, but the price tag puts this more in the collector’s realm.
But what do you think? Is something this unique worth the $4k price tag? Or would you pass on this pistol which magazines are probably just as common as moon rocks? As always, I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.
What do you think? Is this Coonan Classic 1911 a Hot Gat or overcompensated Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Rare Coonan Classic 1911 in .357 Magnum is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap: