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Stoeger Coach Gun

This shotgun is just as effective and as good a choice for today’s homeowner as it was as a protector of 19th century stagecoaches.


In today’s firearms market the buzz word is “tactical.” Everything is tactical, from guns to optics, to underwear. There are even tactical pens—writing instruments that double as weapons. Chalk it up to modern marketing: If it “ain’t” tactical, you won’t survive! Well, maybe… Developments within the tactical arena can be mind boggling and complex. To a certain extent I have succumbed to some of the complex gear solutions. But let’s face it, a home invasion by a dozen bad guys remains relatively rare. Equally true is that many families have members who are not gunnies and have little or no formal training. They do not need or know how to use a sophisticated semi-auto shotgun equipped with ghost-ring sights, lights, lasers and a door-breaching tube. These folks are better off with a simple, short-barreled side-by-side shotgun—like 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 home defense. The barrels are short enough for quick handling and its basic break-open design allows it to be used by virtually anyone. The twin muzzles are an imposing statement to any would-be home invader. Available with 3-inch chambers in 12 and 20 gauge, as well as .410 bore, any unfortunate soul that chooses to challenge this shotgun’s owner will pay a hefty price.

The Coach Gun features a standard boxlock action—rugged, reliable and simple. During my evaluation period I used my Coach Gun extensively in training exercises and cowboy action matches putting some 400 rounds through it without a single failure to fire. Double triggers are standard, providing instantaneous choice of barrels between their IC and Modified fixed chokes, though a single-trigger model is also available. My test gun was cloaked in A-grade European walnut with a pistol grip and beavertail fore-end, however a synthetic stock is available for those who use their scattergun in a hostile environment. The butt is capped with a hard plastic plate. A brass bead up front serves as an aiming aid.

In 12 gauge, the lightweight double can be a handful, especially for small-statured shooters with little experience. Even shooting trap loads, the slick plastic buttplate would slip around a bit when I shot. If your family includes diminutive shooters, consider getting a Coach Gun in 20 gauge and fitting a recoil pad to it. You’ll need to make one more modification to the Coach Gun: make the safety to where it’s not automatic. It’s an inconvenient feature on a game gun, but on a self-defense shotgun it’s unacceptably dangerous—analogous to having the manual safety engage after performing an emergency magazine reload on your pistol.

Coach guns derive their name from use by guards on stagecoaches during the latter part of the 19th century. They served a need at the time for an effective arm that was fast handling and easy to load from a bumpy, rolling stagecoach. Those same characteristics make it an excellent choice as a home-defense shotgun in the 21st century. The Stoeger Coach Gun may not have the “mule ears” and ambiance of the old Wells Fargo shotguns, but it’s a lot faster to manipulate and handle—something critically important for a home-defense shot gun.

Manufacturer: Stoeger; (800) 264-4962;
Type: Double barrel, side-by-side shotgun
Gauge: 12 (tested), 20 and .410 bore with 2 3/4” and 3” chambers
Barrel Length: 20”
Capacity: Two rounds
Sights: Brass bead
Safety: Automatic
Stock: Walnut (synthetic available)
Drop at comb/heel: 1 1/2" and 2 1/2"
Overall Length: 36 1/2"
Weight: 6.5 lbs.
Metal Finish: Blue (satin nickel available)
Suggested Retail Price: $399, $469 (nickel)

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28 Responses to Stoeger Coach Gun

dfaught wrote:
June 27, 2014

Have a stoeger coachgun 12 ga. Needs a new stock. Any help will be appreciated

Victor Fox wrote:
March 23, 2014

Forgot to add: one thing I'd add to the stoeger/boito. Auto ejectors, like some Baikals and 'best guns'.

david wrote:
December 17, 2013

I guess you cant get stock for these guns, I have been trying for weeks, I have a 12 ga and would love a stock on it

Mike' McDermott wrote:
November 04, 2013

Have a Stoeger 410 ga Coachgun with a broken stock...need a new or at least unbroken one. Any ideas?

Ron in Pennsylvania wrote:
April 14, 2013

I own a 12ga double trigger model. Shoot backyard clays with low recoil shells for fun and for home defense I use 410 gauge adapters with Federal '410 personnel defense'

Rod wrote:
January 30, 2013

Own 3 357 revolvers, several 12 ga. Pumps but the first gun an intruder will meet is a stoeger 410 coach. It is unlikely the intruder would ever meet another of my weapons. Love this thing

Benjamin C.davis wrote:
January 22, 2013

I have owned a Stoeger 12gauge coach gun for a little over 5 years; mainly using it for sporting clays and home defense and have had no issues for putting 300-500 rounds through a year. While the barrel angles make dropping a target at 100 yards challenging, it can be accomplished with no more practice than you would expect for a different style. The recoil can be discouraging but the vast amount of load sizes and grain count means options are available to fit almost anyone's personal preference. I use the lead foster type slugs with no issues for decent accuracy. I prefer a coach gun simply because it doesn't jam, and its easy to transport and clean. And now with the adage of barrel adapters it can be used to fire any size round. At least worth consideration I feel. Yes two shots is limiting, but a gun that fires any ammunition is a plus.

Mark wrote:
January 17, 2013

just purchased the new single trigger coach supreme for 399.99 20 inch barrel 12 g from my local dealer. Marvelous gun

R A Falivene wrote:
November 23, 2012

I am looking for an original hard gun case for a Stoeger 20 gauge shot gun

John in Colorado wrote:
June 10, 2012

I don't know what most of you are used to shooting, but this is the most crude shotgun I've ever owned. I know it's cheap, and you get what you pay for, but these shotguns should never leave the factory by any refutable company. Stoeger should be ashamed these have their name on it. Please, improve finished product.

TheSeller wrote:
April 14, 2012

I Have A Double Trigger Supreme Model With A Fabulous Stock For Sale! ASKING $550 OBO Email MiteMan@Live.Com

James wrote:
April 01, 2012

I have the Supreme model with fancy walnut stock, recoil pad, and interchangable chokes. I shoot trap with it. I usually score in the high teens to low twenties, highest was a 24. Just went today and shot a 19, 20, 22, and a 19. Don't let its small size fool you, this is just a small shotgun that will hang with the long barreled guns. Just don't give it any running room and I can guarantee from a good deal of experience shooting trap with it that you will have a great will probably even chuckle a bit.

craig helton wrote:
March 31, 2012

Love to have one for home. Finding a good use one 85[%] or better is crap. I know what any gun store buys them for marketing it up 300[%] a new one is best bet. Store will give u $100 if lucky. Next day on shelf for over $300. I sold my 9 mm p95 ruger. They gave me $125. I needed money unemployed. Next day. $350 IN THE CASE. THEY TOLD ME AT TIME I SOLD IT 30[%] MARK UP IS ALL THEY WOULD BE ASKING FOR IT. I SEEN 250[%] OR SO. THEY WERENT ASKING FOR 175 IT WAS 350. AND I NO IT IS WORTH A LOT MORE THAN THAT. IT WAS SOLD BY FALLOWING DAY. THEY NEED TO SELL AT REASONABLE PRICE. I CAN SEE MAYBE 50[%] MARK UP. RETURN THE FAVOR Y'ALL.

Spos wrote:
December 22, 2011

I liked this gun so much that I bought two. Both !2 Ga, one double trigger, and one single trigger. By far one of the most fun weapons I have to shoot with. People laugh when I pull it out to shoot clays, but their laughs quickly turn into "OMG's" when I start knocking them out of the sky. Excellent weapon, at a good price. For home protection I keep one loaded with a brass BB load in one side and a slug in the other.

Mitch wrote:
November 17, 2011

I'm not sure where the bad accuracy with slugs idea comes from. I've fired tousands(at least) of both 12 and 20 gauge slugs at ranges out to 150 yards. While not target quality, a deer or human sized target at that range better not stand still too long.

Greg D wrote:
October 22, 2011

My wife is very intimidated by handguns. Doesn't like revolvers and doesn't trust semi autos. Pump and semi auto shotguns are too big and could be complicated when things are going wrong. A brought home a stoeger 20ga coach gun and she fell in love immediately. I sawed 2' off the barrels, added a light,shell holder and a thick butt pad. She shoots #3 Buck and 3/4oz rifled slugs. Just to know what it felt like, she let both barrels fly at once. She's 105lbs and it knocked her back a step or two. FYI, the slugs are pretty inaccurate past 7yds, but a 3/4oz .61cal slug moving at 1800fps is going to be a game gender for whoever chooses to mess with her family. How do you remove the auto safety?

Mess wrote:
July 20, 2011

This is a sweet gun. I chose the Tactical Model solely cause I thought the black looked a little meaner and it has the under and over rails. I chose the 20 gauge cause I ain't big. No 12 gauge kick and the 3 in. sabot slugs are far more stopping power than you could need. All in all this guy is right simple can be a hell of a defense.

MattS wrote:
June 24, 2011

I believe this gun is also availabe in a "tactical" version with picatinny rails for mounting lights and optics, synthetic stock too.

Carole Ann wrote:
June 16, 2011

I am a wife and mother and I purchased a Stoeger 12g Coach Gun for home protection and also for fun in 2009. I love this gun! People say it has a real "kick" to it, especially with 00 Buck, but I haven't noticed. I've been shooting since my daddy taught me how when I was 4 years old. Love this gun! I live way outside of town and have a ball with this gun. It's just about as fun as my S&W 686.

fred fix wrote:
February 28, 2011

Since reading this article,I have been searching for a synthetic stock for my coach and have had no hits. Anybody know the source?

Lou T wrote:
January 24, 2011

been preaching this for 30 years. good to see someone else realizes the value of a short shotgun in home defense. 2 thoughts... pattern it at 7 and 10 yards so you know - and anything bigger than 4 shot is gonna go through the next sheetrock wall. Learn to shoot it before you use it!

Dave Campbell wrote:
January 24, 2011

Mr. Bretherton, The same gun is available in 12,16, 20, 28 gauges and .410 bore as the Uplander. I believe that the 12- and 20-gauge guns are on the same frame. As far as slugs in the Coach Gun, I don't know of a reason they can't be used. They may not be accurate, but you would have to try them to see.

Hogie wrote:
January 19, 2011

I purchased the 12 ga., 3". A friend said you couldnt use deer slugs in it. What about it, T or F?

Mike wrote:
January 19, 2011

I know the 20ga. comes in a "Youth Model" with a shorter length of pull.

John wrote:
January 18, 2011

My hat's off to Your wife. It gives a guy a good fealing to know your partner will that care of your kids when your not home.I wife would let you haul off my cattle, horses and equipment but you better not mess with the grandkids or her dogs

John Bretherton wrote:
January 18, 2011

Does anyone know if the different gauges are built on the same size frame? I would love a smaller framed 20... or even a small .410 using the newer buckshot loads.

Dave Campbell wrote:
January 13, 2011

Sounds like your wife is very savvy Mr. VanDyck. She made the appropriate choice in equipment based upon a realistic assesment of herself and then sought out training and advice from reliable sources. Kudos to her, and thank you for your service to this country.

Joseph G VanDyck wrote:
January 12, 2011

My wife is very intimidated by my Winchester 1300 12ga defense gun, so she purchased a 20ga Stoeger coach gun after talking to numerous law enforcement friends and reading different articles on the subject. She did add a light to the front end with a heavy duty rubber band in addition to putting a stretchy shell holder on the buttstock. She uses 2 3/4 6shot, since we are in a house of drywall. She then had some SERT member friends show her some basic room clearing tactics. Then she spent hours on the range practicing under the tutelage of an NRA instructor friend. This all happened during my second tour in Iraq. All I know is I wouldn't want to meet her business end during a confrontation. I couldn't be prouder of her for learning how to defend herself and our kiddos if she needed to.