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    Exposed hammer side by side?

    My father wants a coach gun. I would like to get him one. One thing he mentioned and I am not sure how serious he was about it, was a side by side with exposed hammers. While I doubt he would scoff at a nice Stoeger side by side, I am interested to see if there are any side by side modern shotguns with exposed hammers that you would recommend.

    If not what coach guns should I look at for the Old Man?
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    Been racking my brain for an excuse to buy one for years...

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    I can vouch for the Stoegers! They are great guns for the money and are very stout! I have a Stoeger Uplander 20ga S/S that is just like the Coach Gun w/ longer barrels. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwponline View Post
    Been racking my brain for an excuse to buy one for years...

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    ^^^--- +1... couldn't have said it better myself...


    and I'm not sayin you should, but you could...

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    Given that most long guns are not drop safe, you can make a very good argument for exposed hammers, as long as the gun has transfer bars for safety. Faster to cock the hammers than to load an empty gun.

    I was looking into a defensive double or over/under for my wife, but when I called the makers, none of them were drop safe, meaning you are not supposed to store them loaded...which kinda defeats the purpose IMHO.
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    Many of the popular defensive shotguns are not "drop-safe" and is why some agencies (can't speak for them all) teach carrying with an empty chamber. The easiest solution is: Don't drop the shotgun...

    While some may tout the intimidating sound of hammers being cocked, I see it as an extra step (or two) in readiness that you may not have or may instigate opposing fire.
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    Norinco makes a cheeeeeppp coach gun that has working dog ears and yes they can still import shotguns
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Many of the popular defensive shotguns are not "drop-safe" and is why some agencies (can't speak for them all) teach carrying with an empty chamber. The easiest solution is: Don't drop the shotgun...

    While some may tout the intimidating sound of hammers being cocked, I see it as an extra step (or two) in readiness that you may not have or may instigate opposing fire.
    I completely agree OldVet. However, Pop's rationale is that he can see that it is ready to go. It is only my parents in the house other than when my kids go over, so keeping it in "condition 1" would be a viable option for him.

    Thanks for all the input thus far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DingBat View Post
    ^^^--- +1... couldn't have said it better myself...


    and I'm not sayin you should, but you could...

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    Oh heck yeah! That is what I am talking about right there!!! After that I will just need a gatling shotgun. Those look very nice though. I will put it on the "when money is no longer a concern" list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJon10125 View Post
    My father wants a coach gun. I would like to get him one. One thing he mentioned and I am not sure how serious he was about it, was a side by side with exposed hammers. While I doubt he would scoff at a nice Stoeger side by side, I am interested to see if there are any side by side modern shotguns with exposed hammers that you would recommend.

    If not what coach guns should I look at for the Old Man?

    Hello,
    I am aware of some side by side doubles out there with exposed hammers.
    One that I picked up and held in a LGS about 9 years ago, I thought, was cheaply made and I wanted no part of it.

    Sorry, I don't remember the manufacturer of that "tin foil express" gun.

    About 5yrs ago, wife and I picked up a couple of side by side doubles for our own enjoyment.

    Her's is a Stoger Coach Gun in .410. Models pictured here LINK

    Mine is a Boito side by side. Models pictured here LINK

    Both guns are manufactured by the same company, in Brazil, to the best of my knowledge.

    As far as shotguns go, (and I know this will stir up some controversy), I've found both these guns to be high quality in materials and workmanship. I haven't felt like we were taken, gyped, or otherwise robbed of our money in the purchase of either of these shotguns.

    The safety on my 12ga, Boito, could be a little stiffer in operation. It has a tendency to work itself to the "fire" position all on it's own. I have to keep vigil on it to ensure that there is no AD/ND while loaded. Other than that, I am completely satisfied with both shotguns. I'd recommend this manufacturer to anyone, at least as far as side by side doubles go.
    I don't know about their other firearms.
    YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Many of the popular defensive shotguns are not "drop-safe" and is why some agencies (can't speak for them all) teach carrying with an empty chamber. The easiest solution is: Don't drop the shotgun...

    While some may tout the intimidating sound of hammers being cocked, I see it as an extra step (or two) in readiness that you may not have or may instigate opposing fire.
    I don't know about you, but getting awakened in the middle of the night by my house alarm blaring has a way of making me more fumble prone than usual.
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