Back in the time of our grandparents, and their parents before, the most commonly used shotgun was a double barrel, or a “double gun” as it was also known. Interestingly, even with the passing of more than 150 years, double-barrel shotguns have never lost their appeal to sportsmen and to those who want the easiest and most effective home defense weapon since…well, since homes could be defended with a gun.

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No one wants to be on the wrong end of a double gun—not in the 1870s and not today. A scattergun (another popular name) is never taken lightly by miscreants who believe (and this is generally true) that it’s hard to miss with a double gun at close range. While it is possible to miss, even at close range, very few home invaders are willing to play the odds.

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As a sporting arm and for home defense, the traditional side-by-side is still the easiest shotgun in the world to handle. Recoil can, of course, be pretty brisk, but one can always use lighter loads. And with modern barrel inserts, double guns can also be quickly re-chambered to fire anything from pistol ammunition to large-bore rifle rounds like .308 and .30-06.

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An over/under double gun is no less capable, and a bit more accurate at longer distances. Today there are also side-by-side and over/under tactical shotguns like the Mossberg Maverick with its 18.5-inch barrel and 3-inch chambering, the Stoeger Double Defense, complete with Picatinny rails for mounting ghost ring or optical sights and tactical lights, and the Chiappa Triple Threat with three 18.5-inch, 12 gauge barrels! There are even lever-action shotguns with five- to six- round capacities. So whether double or triple barrels, side-by-side, over/under, or lever action, the old ways are still as good as ever.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Chiappa X-Caliber
http://www.chiappafirearms.com

Cimarron 1889 Hammerless 20”
http://www.cimarron-firearms.com

CZ Hammer Coach Gun
http://www.cz-usa.com

Franchi Instinct
http://www.franchiusa.com

Mossberg Maverick HS12 Thunder Ranch
http://www.mossberg.com

Pedersoli Wyatt Earp
http://www.davide-pedersoli.com

Rossi Circuit Judge
http://www.rossiusa.com

Steyr Duett
https://www.steyr-mannlicher.com

Stoeger Coach Gun
http://www.stoegerindustries.com

Taylor’s & Co. Hammer Coach Gun
http://www.taylorsfirearms.com

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  • dltaylor51

    Why dont they make it in 10 Ga.instead of just throwing the number 10 out there.