Coonan has a bunch of new models out this year: compensated, colored, digital camo patterns and the like.

Why a 1911-ish style .357 Magnum you ask? Because we still can in this country. It’s cool and I can’t wait to shoot one. Unfortunatey, the NSSF folks frowned upon my desire to test fire one in their SHOT Show establishment.

The grip is about 1/4″ deeper than a 1911 to allow room for the long .357 Magnum cartridge. I was still able to get a proper grip with medium dude-sized hands. Compared to a revolver, you can expect about a 25 feet per second increase in velocity due to no cylinder gap gas loss in the semi-auto design. Oh, and you can shoot .38 Specials put of it. Same magazine even.