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The level of detail here is just incredible. Every inch of this gun is engraved. The barrel looks to be in great shape, too. In an auction, a firearm collector would play very well for this piece.
- Fact 1: Most coach guns have two barrels, ranging from 12" to 20" in length to make the gun more compact.
- Fact 2: In America the term "coach gun" was coined by Wells Fargo & Co. in 1858, when they began outfitting stage coaches with sawed-off shotguns.
- Fact 3: "Canon Tordu" is french for "twisted barrel", meaning that this coach gun has a rifled barrel.
- Fact 4: Coach guns are still manufactured today, and are primarily used for cowboy trick-shooting competitions.
- Fact 5: Coach gun barrels were either custom made to shorter lengths, or made from a repurposed shotgun which was shortened or "sawed off."