my double barrel is the best bird gun I have ever owned
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As for both hammers at once, you do have to practice. I'm sure in high stress situations it's going to be a quick "one-two punch" rather than a single large blast.
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To futher your education on the use of the double, go watch a couple of Cowboy Action matches and watch those cowboys handle their doubles. You will be surprised.
After shootng CAS for over 20 years I am comfortable with the double
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Amazingly enough, I shoot SASS with both a double-barreled coach gun and with a Model 1897, depending on the day. There is no comparison. Load up the pump with a full magazine (instead of the two-at-at-time limitation for SASS). No, the double-barreled shotgun is not a viable self-defense option when inexpensive used pump shotguns are readily available. Watch Hicok45's videos on YouTube for demos of pump shotguns versus semi-automatic shotguns against multiple targets.
I love my double-barreled shotgun as much as the next guy who puts on a cowboy hat and spurs and swaggers off to a SASS match. That doesn't make a double-barreled shotgun a good or viable self-defense shotgun today.
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I keep my Rossi Coach Gun with with the 12 gauge, hammer driven (18 1/4 barrels with a sleeve of buckshot and slugs) up on a wall mount next to my AR.
They both have their place and purposes.
The AR is great for clearing the house of all threats such as humans, orcs and goblins, since it is light and has plenty of ammo capacity.
The double barrel, as said above, is a great "bar the door" weapon against anything else, up to and including being used as Troll Bane. (Ok, my Tolkien fetish is showing....move along people, nothing else to see here)
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Double's have advantages. They tend to be lighter weight, and shorter than your basic HD pump or semi, unless you have a SBS. They also have a simpler manual of arms, and require less fine motor skills for the first two shots.
That being said, and I did use to keep one by my bed, I think that in a home defense role, it should be backed up by a good HD handgun. So that after initially engaging with two shots, transition to a pistol is probably a better option than reloading if time is of the essence.
The downsides are the limited magazine capacity, and the inability to top off effectively. With any of my pumps or semis, I can top off the tube while keeping the weapon on target and in a firing position, this is not true of a double.
If it is the only shotgun you have, it is a perfectly viable option. I'd rather have a shorter 2 shot coachgun than a long barreled pump or semi for HD, since length of your weapon is very important in CQB. But, since I have other options that I like better, the coachgun now is relegated to hunting and clays.
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Coach gun? Oh yeah... Mine's a 12 ga in nickel.
Here's a pic of what I have... Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme in 12-Gauge with 3” Chamber
As soon as I bought it, I sent it out for $200 worth of work...made a big difference.
You wouldn't want to be standing in front of one.
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All great answers. I still find a 12 ga. coach gun rock solid comforting when something goes bump in the middle of the night. Of course, it's backed up with a G21 which is backed up by a G36. I like a double trigger hammerless so I can choose which barrel to use depending on how it's loaded. I usually use Centurion's buck & ball loads with a .650" ball surrounded by 6 #1 buckshot. Thats gotta hurt at typical house ranges.
True, it's only two shot with a slow reload ( for me, I'm not a cowboy shooter ), but after those two, it's dropped and the .45 comes out. I figure it will have bought me the time required to do that. It's also something the wife can use with minimal training and be well protected against even someone " jacked up " on something.
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Indeed. Back when I was thinking about adding an extension to my shotgun's mag tube, I started this thread:
Home defense shotgun ammo capacity
Suffice to say, I'm keeping my shotgun as it is.
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My comment just stemmed from the incident near my home lately.
3 BG's and 2 shots was what I had in mind.
I just don't want to be in that situation and count on the 3rd or 4th guy being scared off.
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No need for a Glock 19. A 2-barrelled, 2-shot derringer will work just fine.