So what are the chances of the Coonan staying around this time?
If you call the company directly, they can give you an estimate. I've heard they have great CS.
How unruly does that thing feel in your hand?
I'm not sure but they shortened the trigger to fit the bigger magwell.
How controllable is it?
He advertises it showing videos of women shooting it.
Is it as reliable as a good .45acp 1911?
That would be up to the user. Read some testimonials and watch some YouTube videos to see.
Going off what you said it's a fair bit different than your standard 1911.
For sure. Here's a video of Dan Coonan explaining it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Km7ULgEVsg