Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme Side by Side Shotgun

Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme Side by Side Shotgun


Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme Side by Side Shotgun

(3 customer reviews)





Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme-The stagecoach guard’s weapon of choice for a reason, the sawed-off side by side shotgun has has been romanticized in hundreds of Hollywood Westerns. Now you can utilize the same stopping power at home with the Stoeger® 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme Side by Side Shotgun. As handsome as it is affordable, this potent home security gun is chambered for 2-3/4” and 3” shells. Every Coach Gun Supreme sports an AA-grade gloss walnut stock and beaver tail fore-end, features extensive cut checkering in a border-point pattern, and is fitted with a soft rubber recoil pad. An attractive trigger guard complements the double trigger. Polished nickel finish on the receiver and barrels.

Gun Review: Stoeger Silverado Coach Gun (12 Gauge)

When I found out that I was getting a coach gun to review, I had the same reaction that your Uncle Bob does when he finds out you got him new underwear and socks for Christmas . . . again. When the Silverado arrived at my local gun dealer, I swear I thought Stoeger had sent me some promotional T-shirts instead of a shotgun. I had to crack-open the box to verify that it did, indeed, contain a gun. The box was that light. But, as I was soon to discover, the Silverado was no lightweight. Nor, as it turned out, underwear, T-shirts or a pair of socks. No sir. Not at all . . .

When I got it home, I peeled the Coach Gun out the plastic bags surrounding its three pieces. There it was: a stock and action section, forearm piece, and the barrels. And that’s it. The 20-inch barrels are the longest single chunk of the gun. When assembled it was 36.5  inches long overall.

I know, I know: most side-by-sides break down the same way. But I was still taken by the bonzai tree of it all. The Silverado is a not-so-long gun you can stick in a backpack, wrap in a waterproof bag for a canoe trip, or stow behind the seat of a light aircraft. A go-anywhere-where-it’s-legal 12-gauge shotgun. And it’s hard to find a gun more versatile than a 12 gauge.

In contrast to all my collection of pistol-gripped shotguns, the Stoeger Silverado features a straight, English-style stock. The matte nickel action and barrels contrast nicely with the dark and figured walnut. Made by E.R. Amantino in Brazil, the Silverado looks classy, maybe even beautiful.  Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

I wasted no time taking the Silverado into the great Arkansas outdoors for a work-out. I’m used to firing a Remington 870 equipped with a slug barrel and rifle sights, that gets its long barrel back during dove season. It took a little while to adjust to the Silverado, looking down a pair of barrels with a rib in between. But it was well worth it.

Firing light field loads containing 7.5 shot, the Coach Gun’s recoil was noticeable, but not unpleasant. Even better: the gun felt lively to my shoulder. It was light and fast to mount. The 20-inch barrels meant I could move from target to target by just twitching a little. The straight, English stock also made the piece feel more “shotgunny” and easier to swing than my Remington 870.

I felt my prejudice against the Stoeger Coach Gun slowly melting like the winter snow. Cantankerous bastard that I am, I remained determined to dislike it. So I decided to subject it to some tests to ferret out its weaknesses, and thus validate my preconceived notions.

I patterned the gun with shotshells, buckshot, and slugs at distances from 25 to 40 yards. With the shotshells at 25 yards, I discovered that the right barrel shot a little high and right, whereas the left barrel patterned right down the middle. The same applied with the buckshot and the slugs: the left barrel was dead on, and the right barrel was a little high and right in comparison. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

With birdshot and buckshot, the groups were also different sizes. The right barrel threw a wider pattern than the left.

Aha, I thought! I’ve got you, Coach Gun!

I called TTAG’s main man at Benelli, Stoeger’s parent company. He informed me that the Coach Gun’s right barrel is an improved cylinder choke, with the left a modified choke. Two different chokes is a standard setup for twin-barreled shotguns. Since the Coach Gun is marketed specifically to Cowboy Action shooters who shoot large steel targets at fairly close ranges, a pair of chokes on the wider end of spectrum makes perfect sense.

Live and learn. So, back to the field with maximum firepower.

Compared to the light field loads, the recoil produced by Remington Express Magnum buckshot was super brutto. D’uh! If you shoot buckshot loads labeled “Express Magnum” out of a 12 gauge shotgun that weighs slightly more than a bag of sugar (6.5 pounds), you can expect a significant ballistic noogie. Not even an Italian-American-Brazilian firearms conglomerate can change the laws of physics.

I tried two types of slugs, Federal Reduced Recoil and Remington Sluggers, with similar pattern results.

At 25 yards, the Federal Slugs from the left barrel hit in the middle. From the right barrel, they hit about four or five inches to the right and an inch or two high. When I backed up to 40 yards, the left barrel remained in the middle, with the right barrel putting slugs about 10 inches to the high right. Once I figured out the pattern, I could easily put a slug from the right barrel into the same group made by  the left barrel by merely sighting down the top of the right barrel, instead of using the brass bead in the middle. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

The same held true for the Remington Slugs, which kicked quite a bit harder than the Federal Reduced Recoil slugs, but nowhere near the beating dished out by the Express Magnum buckshot. Think angry-as-hell-donkey vs. ornery jackass vs. slightly miffed mule.

I thought I had the Coach Gun nailed for a major weakness, as the two barrels were not exactly, totally, 100-percent regulated to the same pinpoint of aim.

Damn facts! Research into the matter revealed that I was being unrealistic. The vast majority of less-expensive doubles produce results similar to the Stoeger Silverado Coach Gun’s. Some owners reported patterns that differed as much as three feet between the barrels. To get side-by-side guns, shotguns or rifles regulated to shoot to exactly the same point of aim requires a lot of tedious hand-fitting and work—which is why double-barrel guns that perform that way usually cost more than my pickup truck.  Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

When I took another look at the pictures of my targets, the differential between the left and right barrels really wasn’t that much. With bird shot, there was a good deal of overlap with the pellet clouds. With the buckshot at 25 yards, both barrels put plenty of good hits in a good place on the target. Firing slugs, I was able to get hits plenty accurate enough for deer hunting with both barrels at 25 yards, and back at 40 yards, I could easily compensate and get that right barrel to hit a target the size of a deer’s vitals.

But I still wasn’t sold.

And then I made my fatal mistake with the Coach Gun. I broke out my Do-All trap machine, and got a box of clay targets. Much to my chagrin, I found that I could absolutely crush clay birds with the coach gun. Smoke, disintegrate, obliterate, clobber. The coach gun turned me into a clay-bird-destroying machine of death. It was awesome!

Typically, I hit about five or six clay birds out of 10 with my Remington 870. The reason is that I’m a rifle shooter in my soul. I love rifles. I even coach rifle as a sport. When I see the bird fly, my elbows drop under the gun, my left eye closes, and I try to pressssssss the trigger slowly and smoothly, which is all completely, totally and utterly wrong with a shotgun.

But the configuration of the Coach Gun just wouldn’t let me revert to my old, bad shotgun habits. The Coach Gun’s stock fits me very well, and because it feels so different from a rifle, it’s easier for me to not shoot it like a rifle.

I hit so many clay birds that I reconfigured the trap, and begin flinging doubles. Now with my trusty 870 pump, with its very rifle-like stock and sights, I’m lucky if I complete one double out of three or four. With the coach gun, I wasn’t so much shooting doubles as I was wiling them to turn into little clouds of clay dust. Transitioning  trigger to trigger on the Coach Gun felt light years ahead of racking the 870’s pump between shots. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

And that’s when it happened. The Stoeger Coach Gun passed one of the most stringent tests I apply to guns: the giggle test. If I shoot a gun for an extended period and don’t once giggle or gleefully exclaim something like “Oh, Hell yeah!” I know the gun isn’t for me. After about the sixth or seventh consecutive clay double I erased out of the sky, I heard a loud voice whooping and hollering, and then realized it was me. “I gotta get one of these!”

The Stoeger Coach Gun is a lot of fun in a lightweight, easy-to-handle package. It’s great for backyard clay shooting, and plenty of Cowboy Action shooters have picked one up to use in their game.

Obviously, there are better guns for home defense. I own several of them. But I would certainly not be unarmed if all I had was a Stoeger Coach Gun and six spare shells. It’s easy to maneuver through the house, and 12-gauge is absolutely devastating at across-the-living-room distances, even with birdshot.

With the correct ammo,  I could also use the coach gun to hunt everything that walks or flies in the state of Arkansas. Again, there are purpose-built guns that are better for specific types of game animals. But if I’m hunting when deer and squirrel seasons overlap, the coach gun is the only gun I own with which I can legally hunt both animals simultaneously. I can put a slug in the left barrel, and a charge of number 6 shot in the right barrel, ready for any large or small game that might cross my path.

While I can carry shells for both critters in my 870 pump, I cannot control which critter appears first, and thus might have to try to switch ammo with the pump gun. With the coach gun, all I have to do is choose which of the two triggers is connected to the correctly charged barrel. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

And yes, I do mean guns that I own. I thought I’d find the Coach Gun boring and vanilla. But I liked it so much, that I bought one. There are cheaper guns. There are more accurate guns. There are guns that do certain things better. But the Silverado is a lightweight, compact, do-it-all shotgun that does one thing as well as any firearm on the planet: make me smile.


Caliber: .12 gauge
Barrel: 20  inches. Right barrel IC choke. Left barrel Modified choke
Overall Length: 36,5   inches
Weight (unloaded):6.5 pounds
Stock: English-style American walnut
Sights: brass bead
Action: boxlock side-by-side
Trigger: Double
Finish: Matte Matte nickel
Capacity: 2

RATINGS (Out of Five):

Style * * ** 1/2
Looks classy and cowboy, sort of like if Sean Connery had been the lead character in “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” instead Clint Eastwood.

Ergonomics * * * *
Light and handy; easy to swing on clay birds or move around corners.

Reliability * * * * *
Went boom every time.

Overall Rating * * * * 1/2
A good value that has a lot more going for it than you might think by just looking at it.

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

As part of the multinational firearms conglomerate, Beretta Holding S.p.A, Stoeger Industries gets overshadowed by the more established gunmakers BerettaBenelli, and Franchi. Simultaneously, this affiliation has enabled Stoeger to thrive by providing them with state-of-the-art technology, better business management, and improved techniques. Ironically, the best thing to ever happen to Stoeger is also the reason why they will never be a household name.

The Maryland-based weapons manufacturer specializes in traditionally-build shotguns with up-to-date aesthetics and operation. As such, they have a remarkable collection of over/unders and side by sides in addition to their pump action and semi-automatics. One of their most popular models is their modern take on the classic American Old West Coach Gun.

One of the reasons why I like Stoeger is because you know exactly what you’re getting; Stoeger offers middle-of-the-road firearms for affordable prices. For that reason, the Coach Gun works great as a reasonable secondary firearm, hunting companion, truck gun, or home defense weapon. Although side by sides are relatively uncommon for sporting nowadays, many folks do use the Stoeger Coach for plinking, trap, and cowboy action shooting.

Coach guns are ingrained in American culture, and I’m pumped to see them make a comeback. More specifically, coach guns were ubiquitous in the Wild West, especially for defending stagecoaches, which is why sitting in the passenger seat became known as riding shotgun. In fact, Wyatt Earp was known to favor coach guns and Doc Holliday reportedly used a 10 gauge model at the OK Corral. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

A lot of people think the Coach Gun is a niche firearm, but in truth, it’s actually a quite versatile shotgun. There’s a great deal to learn about Stoeger’s premier side by side – but before we get the ball rolling on the Gunivore review of Stoeger Industries’ Coach Gun, check out our rundown on the past, present, and future of the entire up-and-coming Stoeger Company.

Coach Gun SPECS

  • Model: Coach Gun Shotgun
  • Caliber: 20 Gauge
  • Capacity: 2
  • Barrel Length: 20”
  • Overall Length: 36.5”
  • Chamber Length: 3”
  • Length of Pull: 14- ½”
  • Finish: Black-Finished Hardwood, Polished Nickel
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs.
  • Sights: Brass Bead
  • MSRP: $549

Coach Gun BUILD

These iconic American double-barreled shotguns usually feature shorter barrels – generally no longer than 24” – and were typically chambered either 10 or 12 gauge. Nowadays, Stoeger manufactures their Coach guns in .410, 12, and 20 gauges, in a variety of finishes, all with 20” barrels.

While on paper there’s a lot to love about these scatterguns, there is one major consideration. Because they wanted to stick with the classic appeal of a true Coach gun, most of their models feature the traditional double trigger. Although experienced shotgun owners could probably adapt to a double trigger in a matter of hours, they do produce 12 and 20 gauge single-trigger variants. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

Because the Coach isn’t the most ideal hunting shotgun, Stoeger provides 12 and 20 gauge owners with only fixed M and IC choke tubes, with flush and extended options available as aftermarket purchases

Due to its alliance with the Beretta Holding Group, you can bet your bottom dollar that Stoeger did not cut corners when it comes to their components’ quality. Unfortunately, this is one of the few models which doesn’t feature Benelli’s signature Inertia Driven Bolt System, which efficiently sheds weight, boosts reliability, and adds simplicity to a firearm. Nonetheless, the Coaches feature beautiful walnut stocks, suitable checkered grips, and simple top-tang safeties. Plus, keep in mind that the safety is automatically engaged upon opening the Coach’s action.

Although the black-finished walnut stock and polished nickel receiver model is equally sexy and intimidating, I steered clear from its double trigger. Though, for a double triggered firearm, it’s pretty easy to use; Stoeger incorporated a nicely sized trigger guard with smooth curves for some added user-friendliness. But since the powerful shotguns don’t have any rubber buttpads, I went with the easier to use single-triggered 20 gauge Coach.


Experience speaks for itself, and the Coach has a brilliant track record. Whether putting these Stoegers to use in competition, home defense, or various hunting scenarios, the Coach will not disappoint. Just take into consideration that these are short range firearms with an effective firing range around 30 yards. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

Many people might wonder why these guns have withstood the test of time as trusted weapons, but the answer is simple. In addition to boasting an impressive spec sheet from one of the most reliable firearm makers, Coach Guns are known for their incredibly fast performance. In fact, many folks are faster with this double barrel than with a semi-auto. Because of its shortened barrel and intuitive controls, the Stoeger promises fast reloads and even faster pointing and swing. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

After asking around, the biggest complaint I heard about the Coach was its out-of-box issues handling cold weather. Interestingly enough, nearly everyone who shared this issue all had great experiences with Stoeger’s customer service getting their gun fixed. The easiest way to address this problem is by simply giving it a quick CLP treatment and that should do the trick.


For Coach-lovers looking for an upgrade, I recommend checking out Stoeger’s Coach Gun Supreme. For only $50 more, the Supremes are equipped with better grip checkering, higher grade walnut stocks, and thicker rubber recoil pads – sounds like a great deal to me! Although the Supreme isn’t available in .410, it does have some pretty sweet variety in its receiver/barrel finish combinations, including stainless/polished blue, polished blue, and polished nickel.

  • Model: Coach Gun Supreme Shotgun
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge
  • Capacity: 2
  • Barrel Length: 20”
  • Overall Length: 36.5”
  • Length of Pull: 14- ½”
  • Finish: AA-Grade Gloss Walnut, Polished Nickel
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • Sights: Brass Bead
  • MSRP: $549


Double-barreled shotguns have been used as home defense weapons for well over a century, especially side by sides like the Coach Gun. As a result of its renowned reputation and ever-growing popularity, Stoeger wanted to create a redesigned Coach for the modern tactical home-defense shooter. In terms of their overall build, these Coach-variants are nearly identical, but slightly lighter than their field equivalents. However, the few nuanced mods made to the double-barreled shotgun make a huge difference. Besides for ditching the A-grade satin walnut finish for black matte, Stoeger gave outfitted their new Double Defense with 20” ported barrels, single triggers, fixed IC chokes, and two Picatinny rails. Plus I can’t forget about the game changing fiber-optic sights. The combination of the ported barrels, which reduces muzzle climb, and those green fiber-optic sights, which enable easy target acquisition in all light conditions, make this is one hell of a tactical shotgun.    Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

What’s a tactical shotgun without accessories? But with so many to choose from, Gunivore is here to help find the best for you.

To take advantage of the top rail, you’ll most likely want to attach some type of reflex or holographic sight. Starting with the most famous and expensive, I’d like to give my readers four great options to choose from. If you can afford it ($600), you can’t go wrong with the legendary Leupold and their DeltaPoint Pro red dot reflex sight. It’s small, it’s shockproof, and features the new Motion Sensor Technology which immediately turns the sight on after detecting any movement.

For another top-shelf optic, I’m a big fan of EOTech’s XPS2 holographic sight. Tactical shooters love the EOTech because of its super compact build, wide field of view, and because it’s trusted by many militaries around the globe – For $500, you’re getting one of the best sights in the world.

As impressive as Leupold and EOTech are, I can’t help but love Bushnell; the established American sporting goods company produces some of the best and affordable sights in the industry. I recommend hooking up the Bushnell TRS-25 red-dot reflex sight on the Double Defense for its highly-durable construction, extremely long battery life, and excellent versatility. The best part is that this Bushnell can be yours for just $100!

If you’re in the market for something even cheaper, it’s your lucky day; oddly enough, there are even solid sight options in the $75 range. Although nothing to rave about, the Sightmark Ultra Shot reflex sight will get the job done. Nevertheless, for only a few dollars more, I can’t see why anybody wouldn’t just get the Bushnell. Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme

When it comes to tactical flashlights, it’s hard to beat Streamlight; this renowned company has two exceptional devices that are perfect for Stoeger’s Double Defense. First, you gotta check out their TLR-4 Tac Light with a built-in laser light; this $130 accessory is as durable and reliable as they come. If you’re looking for a more simple and straightforward light attachment, their 69260 TLR-1 HL is a fantastic choice.

  • Model: Double Defense
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge
  • Capacity: 2
  • Barrel Length: 20”
  • Overall Length: 36.5”
  • Length of Pull: 14- ½”
  • Finish: Black Synthetic
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • Sights: Fiber-Optic Front
  • MSRP: $499

Coach Gun VS Maverick HS12

Since Stoeger’s collection of Coach Guns features such high quality shotguns for affordable prices, it’s no easy task to compete with them. That being said, I did find one product which gives Stoeger a run for their money: Mossberg’s Maverick HS12 Thunder Ranch Over/Under shotgun. Like the Double Defense, the HS12 is super lightweight, user-friendly, and very powerful. Although I really liked how the Maverick performed, I don’t know if I’d choose it over the Stoeger, especially since it’s almost $100 more. Either way, these are both exceptional price point shotguns.

  • Model: Maverick HS12 Thunder Ranch Over/Under
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge
  • Capacity: 2
  • Chamber: 3”
  • Barrel Length: 18.5”
  • Overall Length: 35.25”
  • Length of Pull: 14.25”
  • Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • Finish: Black Matte Synthetic
  • Sights: Rear Slot / Fiber-Optic Front
  • MSRP: $594


Double-barreled shotguns are back in style again, and I couldn’t be happier. Consequently, more and more companies are producing lighter, stronger, and cheaper models. Stoeger, although still relatively unknown, manufactures some of the best budget shotguns on the market, and their line of Coach Guns is something you really gotta check out.

3 reviews for Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun Supreme Side by Side Shotgun

  1. DBServices ·

    The envy of my buddies!
    This coach shotgun not only shoots well…it’s also great to look at!

  2. Sarge2164

    I am happy with my purchase.
    I bought this as a Father’s Day present to myself. I wanted a long gun to use as protection for my home & family. I am confident I made the right choice in a side by side double barrel 12 Gauge. I bought 00 buckshot as my defense load

  3. Iv4rth3B0n3less

    Quality Boomstick
    Pretty versatile weapon, can be used for defense and hunting. I know it’s been designed for cowboy action but I haven’t done that. Nickeling is decent with some blemishes. Fires well, pas de misfires.

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