I was talking with a friend recently and he mentioned something called a "Coach Gun". Evidently these were the short-barreled, side-by-side, exposed hammer shotguns used for defensive purposes aboard the old stagecoaches way back when.
Any recommendations for historical reading on the subject? What original examples can still be found in the market today? The only modern reproduction that I have found is the Bounty Hunter imported by E.A.A. Is it worth the $379 asking price? Any other modern day versions that are historically accurate? Were hammerless versions available during the period?
I would love to get my hands one and am willing to pay a reasonable price for quality but can't afford pricey collectors' items. Plus, I want a shooter that I can enjoy but not worry about degrading it's value.
Thanks, in advance, for all responses.