Smith & Wesson Highway Patrolman by Lonelymachines
Your question brings back memories. It was at age 9, with a Smith & Wesson Highway Patrolman, .357 magnum revolver named “Clementine”. For my first firing sessions, we used .38 special ammo only, of course.
She was a trusty warhorse, old Clem, until we lost her in a big flood. Oh well…
I’ve grown up around guns. I only started training in earnest in the past 5 years, though, so I do not consider myself an expert by any means.
Coach guns are double-barreled shotguns, so-called because of their use for defense of stagecoaches in the Old West.
You’d be surprised at how many people still use them today. Coach guns have many merits, including the following:
1. Simplicity and reliability.
The design is so simple, it is extremely reliable and is easy to clean and maintain. In a social collapse situation, this feature would become even more important.
2. Double hammers/firing pins.
The coach gun is essentially two separate guns linked together, with entirely separate firing systems. If an automatic or pump gun malfunctions, you cannot fire until the malfunction is cleared. On the other hand, even if one barrel totally fails, you can fire the other barrel.
The coach guns breaks down in seconds to an easily transportable size, and can be reassembled just as quickly.
4. Double Shot Capability.
The ability to fire two near simultaneous rounds would be an instant fight-stopper.
5. Ease of swapping ammo.
Changing over from buckshot to slug, or vice versa, can be done much more quickly than in a pump or semi-auto shotgun.
6. Legal issues
Typically, coach guns have far less regulation than semi-auto or pump shotguns. They’re legal even in socialist Britain!
Some believe that it lightens the trigger so that it will reset faster, though I think there’s no practical difference.