In 2019, according to the number of transactions made through the services of Deepwebguns.com the Stoeger Coach Gun: Best-Selling Side-By-Side Shotgun was the top option for enthusiasts looking for a side-by-side shotgun. With the classic looks, rough build and variations available, it’s little wonder, too.
It’s a mainstay at cowboy activity matches, however for the past five years, there are a lot more reasons why this firearm has occupied the top slot in its class. The fact that it held that position last month at a time when new records for gun sales were set, suggests the popularity of the Coach Gun is not waning, either.
It is available in gauges of .410 and 12- and 20-gauges. All 2 3/4- or 3-inch shotshells in the chamber share a total length of 36.5 inches. The 20-inch double-barreled weapons vary in weight from 6.3 to 6.5 pounds.
Stoeger Coach Gun: Best-Selling Side-By-Side Shotgun
Hammers are internal and an automatic tang safety is included in the weapons. A lever on top of the rear of the receiver opens the loading and/or extraction action. For cowboy action matches, home defense and hunting, a brass bead up front and rib provide a quick picture of sight. The shotgun is also available in versions with a single or double trigger. Each come with screw-in choke tubes and the company offers aftermarket versions with different constrictions.
In all three chamberings, the A-grade satin walnut stock and fore-end with the blued metalwork model has an MSRP of $449. A single trigger model in .410 bore is not yet available, but it is and the price does not change in the other chamberings. There are also versions with a polished-nickel finish on all the metal in 12- and 20-gauge styles, with a striking black-finished hardwood. For these models, the MSRP is $549 and is only available with double triggers, like .410.
There’s another explanation for their success, but it has all the looks that make it perfect for Cowboy Action Shooting. “The Stoeger Coach Gun is a simple efficient home defense tool at 6 1/2 pounds with a pair of 20-inch barrels,” wrote Dave Campbell when he reviewed one for the American Rifleman. “The barrels are short enough for quick handling and virtually anyone can use their basic break-open design.”