Gun Report

Century International Arms Coach Shotgun JW-2000 20 Gauge, $300

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This shotgun is the heaviest tested, and as might be expected, generated the least felt recoil. This is a fun gun, a double barrel with hammers that harkens to the Old West. However, as one rater pointed out, this type was also a popular firearm among partisans during World War II. The piece is fast on target and offers a steady firing platform. The safety of having to cock the hammer for each shot has some appeal, as does the option of leaving the shotgun open but ready for action. While it is a good option for homeowners, we think the Mossberg is more versatile.

Century International Arms Coach Shotgun JW-2000 20 Gauge, $300

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Barrel Material
Length of Pull

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All agreed the JW-2000 was not the most formidable shotgun in the test, but it was the most fun. The JW-2000 had a traditional look the raters liked, and it exhibited acceptable fit and finish for the price. The double-barrel shotgun had the widest pattern at all ranges.
Note the dual rabbit-ear hammers and dual triggers. The Coach Gun is shown here with the hammers cocked.
A manual safety (arrow) is provided. It isnít a problem to ignore it, but in some situations the safety could be beneficial, such as carrying the gun with the hammers cocked. Breaking the action open was stiff at first.

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