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Old 10-18-2016, 08:27 PM
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Thumbs up Coonan .357 Magnum Pistol - Snake Skin Grips - Mirror Polished

I shipped this .357 Coonan back to its owner's FFL a few hours ago. This is the first Coonan I've worked on, so I was a little nervous about the laser engravings, as they were on a very rough brushed slide flat. Unlike the flats on most other 1911's (Colt, Springfield, et al.), which seem to be finished with 400 grit, the Coonan flats looked to be finished with 150, leaving much deeper channels to flatten out before polishing. Delicate laser engravings + rough surface finish = trouble. It is a painstaking process doing enough prep work on the rough surface finish to prepare it for polishing, but not so much that the engravings are compromised. Managed to do it, though!


Here are a few before photos of the stock pistol.










And the afters taken this A.M. outside the shop by yours truly. I couldn't decide whether it looked better in morning sun or morning shadow, so we get both here!


















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Old 10-18-2016, 08:33 PM
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Awesome work
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:16 PM
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Drooling....nicely done! I have a Coonan also. Never considered polishing it but now that I've seen photos, it would look nice next to my polished CZ75b.
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:01 PM
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Drooling....nicely done! I have a Coonan also. Never considered polishing it but now that I've seen photos, it would look nice next to my polished CZ75b.
Thanks, guys. It's definitely a vast improvement over the stock finish.
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:16 AM
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Kurt will be very happy with it!
Very nice work, looks GREAT.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:55 AM
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Just wow! I don't know if I'd shoot it anymore!
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:01 AM
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Thanks, guys. It's definitely a vast improvement over the stock finish.
Yeah the Coonan has some sharp edges and the flats aren't smooth compared to other stainless guns I own. For $1300+ you'd think it could be better but I digress.

I'm hesistant to get my Coonan polished since I had the slide crack (which Coonan replaced for free). I'd hate to get it polished then have it crack then I'm left with a polished frame and a brushed slide lol.
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Old 10-19-2016, 01:43 PM
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Looks nice and pairs well with those grips from Sarge! Wonder who checkered it...
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:09 PM
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Beautiful work!!
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:39 PM
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Kurt will be very happy with it!
Very nice work, looks GREAT.
Thanks! I certainly hope he will be!
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:40 PM
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Just wow! I don't know if I'd shoot it anymore!
IMO it's too pretty not to shoot!
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:25 PM
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Kurt will be very happy with it!
Very nice work, looks GREAT.
Brian should get it tomorrow. I can't wait to pick it up.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:30 PM
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Looks nice and pairs well with those grips from Sarge! Wonder who checkered it...
I had a local gunsmith checker it. He did the front and rear strap for $80. I had trouble holding onto it and be accurate. So I figured it wouldn't hurt.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:31 PM
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IMO it's too pretty not to shoot!
I'll shoot it for sure!
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:59 PM
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Beautiful work!!
If COONANGIRL.357 likes the job I did on the Coonan, I must be doing something right!
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Old 12-02-2016, 03:24 PM
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OK so I love that. I went for the black duracoat because I wasn't impressed with the look of the stainless....but that makes it MUCH better.

How much did the checkering run?
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:48 PM
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OK so I love that. I went for the black duracoat because I wasn't impressed with the look of the stainless....but that makes it MUCH better.

How much did the checkering run?
Hey, Pennywise. The owner mentioned he had a local smith checker the front and rear straps for $80.
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:56 PM
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I was doing some searching on polished stainless 1911s, came across this beauty - wow. Amazing work!
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Old 12-23-2016, 05:28 PM
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I was doing some searching on polished stainless 1911s, came across this beauty - wow. Amazing work!
Thank you for the kind words! I have another Coonan scheduled for polishing this coming week, so stay tuned!
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