I really like the 1911. It is such an amazing gun and an iconic piece of history. I appreciate and respect them, and I think one belongs in every American gun collection. I would like to own one someday. That being said, if I needed to choose a handgun for a gun fight, I’d rather have an M&P45 or a Glock 21. The increased magazine capacity makes single stack 1911s seem inadequate to me, plus I enjoy the larger grip and lack of external safeties.
On a completely unrelated topic, I have always wanted a titanium Taurus or scandium Smith & Wesson revolver that shoots both .38 Special and .357 Magnum. I want one mostly because it is a versatile and packable survival weapon that can fire two types of common ammunition with different ballistic properties. Unfortunately, they also have low magazine capacities (although not compared to a 1911), increased reload times, and their weight makes them prone to excessive recoil. I’d rather have a Glock 26 for concealment (though it wouldn’t be as ammunition versatile), or something with a longer barrel for survival (though it wouldn’t be as packable).
So I want a 1911. Someday. And for no specific purpose but because I want one in my safe. And I also want a lightweight .357 revolver. Eventually. And for a reason that doesn’t necessarily even make sense to me. They are both guns that I don’t really need and they both have little versatility beyond what I already own.
Then comes the Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic. It fires both .38 Special and .357 Magnum ammunition. It is a 1911-style pistol. And it is stainless steel. It fits the requirements of two guns on my “must have- in the distant future” list. It is durable, versatile, and absolutely beautiful. It is the answer to a question I never asked. It isn’t a real 1911, and it isn’t concealable like a lightweight revolver would be. And although I have no justification as to why, I want one. Bad.
It is available in three finishes: stainless steel (standard), black Duracoat, and digital camouflage Duracoat. Standard sights are fixed, and options include fixed or adjustable white dot sights, and fixed or adjustable night sights.
Caliber .357 Magnum Barrel Length 5 inches Construction Stainless Steel Magazine Capacity 7 rounds + 1 Weight 42.0 oz. empty, 48.0 oz. loaded Length 8.3 inches overall Height 5.6 inches Width 1.3 inches Sights Dovetail Front & Rear, Black, Fixed Grips Smooth Black Walnut