Gun Report

Cimarron T.T.N. Model 1878 Coach Gun Side-by-Side 12 Gauge

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This ancient design pointed fast and shot devastating patterns at both Cowboy competition ranges and home-defense distances. Triggers need a little work to be just what we want.

Cimarron T.T.N. Model 1878 Coach Gun Side-by-Side 12 Gauge

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel

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An English-style splinter forearm felt good with this shotgun, but might not offer a lot of protection from barrel heat if the shooter is burning up a lot of rounds in a shooting session. Control of the shotgun, even using heavy loads, was no problem.
We were originally concerned about the large amount of drop @ heel in the stock (typical of an old-time side-by-side), but we really liked the feel of the half-pistol grip.
Very simple to assemble and re-assemble for cleaning or storage, we appreciated the way the shotgun was a neat, compact package.
Double triggers and double hammers require a little get-acquainted time for many inexperienced shooters. Get a gunsmith to tweak the triggers.

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