The “Coach Gun” is probably the most widely used firearm of the late 1800’s. Pioneers, settlers and lawmen alike relied on the double-barrel, side-by-side shotgun for everything from putting food on the table to close-quarters combat. The modern slang “riding shotgun” can be traced back to the days when stagecoaches played a big role in transporting people and cargo to destinations the train didn’t reach. The rough and tumble frontier of the “Old West” was such that these trips often necessitated a guard toting a short-barreled shotgun up front with the driver. Anyone that’s ever watched a John Wayne Western movie has seen just how effective the coach gun was back in the day.
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Today, the “Coach Gun” has found new life for both home defense and Cowboy Action Shooting. The most common shotgun for SASS shooters is the Stoeger Coach Gun at 6-1/2 pounds with a pair of 20-inch barrels. The Stoeger Coach Gun is a simple, effective tool for cowboy shooters. The barrels are short enough for quick handling and its break-open design allows it to be used by shooters of all experience levels. It’s also one of the most fun firearms I’ve ever shot!
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Originally developed as traditional, double-trigger models for Cowboy Action Shooters, the Stoeger Coach Gun now comes in single-trigger models for an even faster second shot. They are chambered for 2¾- and 3-inch shotshells in both 12 and 20 gauge and are offered in blued finish with traditional satin-finished walnut stocks. The new top-of-the-line Coach Gun Supreme also features a blued finish with a corrosion-resistant, stainless steel receiver and stock made from AA-Grade American Walnut. Both 12-gauge and 20-gauge Supreme models come with improved cylinder and modified screw-in choke tubes and a choke wrench.
I’ll also be posting an article in the coming weeks on how to slick up your Stoeger Coach Gun for cowboy shooting with the tools you already own. So stay tuned!