Stoeger Coach Gun: Best-Selling Side-By-Side Shotgun

by
posted on April 26, 2020
stoeger-coach-gun.jpg

The Stoeger Coach Gun was the top choice for enthusiasts looking for a side-by-side shotgun in 2019, according to volume of purchases made through the services of Gunbroker.com. It’s little wonder, too, with the classic looks, rugged build and variations available.

It’s a regular at cowboy action matches, but there are a lot more reasons this firearm has occupied the top slot in its category for the past five years. The fact it held that position last month—at a time when new records were set for gun purchases—indicates the Coach Gun’s popularity isn’t fading, either.

It’s available in .410 bore and 12- and 20-gauge. All chamber 2 3/4- or 3-inch shotshells and share an overall length of 36.5 inches. Weight of the 20-inch double-barreled guns varies from 6.3 pounds to 6.5.

Hammers are internal and the gun features an automatic tang safety. A lever atop at the rear of the receiver opens the action for loading and/or extraction. A brass bead up front and rib provide fast sight picture for cowboy action matches, home defense and hunting. The shotgun is even available in single- or double-trigger models. Each come with screw-in choke tubes and the company offers aftermarket versions with different constrictions.

The A-grade satin walnut stock and fore-end with blued metalwork model has an MSRP of $449 in all three chamberings. A single trigger model isn’t available in .410 bore yet, but in the other chamberings it is and the price doesn’t change. In 12- and 20-gauge versions there are also models with a polished-nickel finish on all the metal, with a striking black-finished hardwood. MSRP for those variants is $549 and, like the .410, only available with double triggers.

While it has all the looks that make it ideal for Cowboy Action Shooting, there’s another reason for their popularity. “At 6 1/2 pounds with a pair of 20-inch barrels, the Stoeger Coach Gun is a simple, effective tool for home defense,” wrote Dave Campbell when he reviewed one for American Rifleman. “The barrels are short enough for quick handling and its basic break-open design allows it to be used by virtually anyone.”

Latest

Specseries
Specseries

New For 2021: M&P Spec Series Kit

Smith & Wesson is set to offer brand loyalists with a limited edition kit that includes its well-regarded M&P9 M2.0 Optic-Ready pistol.

Preview: Cold Steel Crawford 1 Flipper

In collaboration with custom knife maker Wes Crawford, Cold Steel announced the launch of its Crawford 1 Flipper pocketknife, a blade designed to do it all.

Rifleman Q&A: Number Of Turns To Focus A Scope?

From the archives of American Rifleman, read about ocular-ring adjustments on riflescopes from the July 2004 magazine.

Best Seller: Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield

The Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield series of compact semi-automatic handguns continues to prove its popularity in a saturated handgun market, being the fourth most sold semi-automatic handgun of 2020.

NRA Gun of the Week: Charter Arms Professional

On this week’s “Gun of the Week” video preview, American Rifleman staff are checking out a sixgun from Charter Arms that utilizes a hybrid frame design built with aluminum to be lightweight and features the company’s Blacknitride+ treatment.

The Armed Citizen® June 18, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Interests



Subscribe to the NRA American Rifleman newsletter