Stoeger’s Double Defense Twins

Stoeger’s Double Defense Twins

Stoeger’s Double Defense Twins

Today we will be looking at the Stoeger Double Defense Side-by-Side and the Double Defense Over-Under. The Stoeger company has brought to market a modern twist to the old, reliable coach gun. They installed a couple (or three) Picatinny rails in various places then black the whole thing out in non-reflective coatings and keep it short with just 20” of overall length. These, my friends, are very serious home defense tools. These are offered in both 12 and 20 gauge and over/under or side-by-side. They both have fixed improved chokes for a nice, tight pattern at in-close range. The Side-by-Side even has the barrels ported! Both operate with a single trigger for both barrels. Both are also equipped with a high visibility green fiber-optic front sight. Both are also chambered for 2 ¾” shells or 3”.

I’m just going to come out with it. Spoiler alert, I love these guns. I probably love the Side-by-Side more than the Over-Under, but, not by much. I dragged these guns out to the desert test range I’ve been using, along with a couple of volunteers to abuse these street sweepers. We grabbed a few boxes of Estate target loads and let the fun begin. Placing paper targets out at about 10 yards, we started with the Side-by-Side. I was pretty skeptical of the ported barrels. However, take a look at the video. There is virtually no muzzle rise whatsoever!

Stoeger Shotgun Target

Stoeger Double Defense Pattern

The other thing to notice there is that the ports do not “flash”. There is no visible venting into the shooters line of sight. Both guns were shot straight out of the box without the aid of any optics. I wanted to know how they would perform with only what was built into them. At 10 yards, both guns patterned very well. Both patterned between 12 and 15 inches at that distance. Both also shot noticeably high. Each one of us experienced the same thing, so it wasn’t my terrible aim to blame this time around. The image to the right shows the initial pattern, and as you can see, most of the pellets landed above the center line. All of us were putting the fiber optic sight dead-center for the first couple of rounds. After checking the targets, we started adjusting our aim point. All of us found that we needed to aim about 4 inches low to primarily hit center mass at 10 yards. Now, these are home defense weapons, not precision, gnats-ass, needle threaders. A sniper rifle, this is not. However, if you aim center mass at the guy making off with your TV and I’m quite certain you’ll knock him down with either one of these guns. The one interesting thing to note here is that even though the Side-by-Side has ported barrels, the O/U shot the same way. In fact the recoil and muzzle rise is right in line with what we experienced with the Side-by-Side. So, I’m not too sure how much the barrel porting contributes to the overall handling of the gun, but I like it, anyway. Here’s a quick video of the Over-Under.

Once we got the targeting situation worked out with aiming points with these, we just took turns sending lead downrange. We ran through 3 boxes of the target loads and we were all grinning ear-to-ear after each turn no matter which gun we used.  The images below shows nearly perfect patterning/spread once we got our aim points worked out. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Since these are primarily meant as home defense guns, we thought it prudent to work with some home defense ammunition to see how the guns would react to a little more power. For that, I turned to Winchester’s PDX1 12ammunition. Three ‘00’ buck plated pellets followed by a 1 ounce slug. This is serious stuff. I sent the first shot downrange and was very impressed by the results. The pattern was very tight. The slug cut a perfect hole in the paper target and then the 1” pallet wood behind it. While the cartoonish results were impressive, the devastating effect these would have was not lost on me. These rounds have more of a kick, you know you’re not shooting target loads, but they aren’t so strong as to be uncontrollable. In fact, they exhibited very little muzzle rise at all. That said, these rounds in these guns are all business. If you intend to use these, you’d better make sure you know what’s beyond what you’re shooting at. These slugs will penetrate a couple of walls. We stayed at the 10 yard mark for these tests as well. Nothing says, “Get out of my house”, like a slug bearing down on you from a shotgun.

One thing to note is that the two barrels can be shot very rapidly if desired due to the single trigger system. I was able to consistently crank off both rounds in very short order and keep my shot placement on the targets.

All in all, you can’t go wrong with either of these two shotguns. Mounting a light, maybe a laser and an optic (maybe a nice red-dot reflex sight?) and these become even more impressive. The fact that the rails are already mounted makes it even easier for you to outfit the gun the way you find it best for your use. For the price, I can’t think of much that I’d be able to compare to these two. If you’re in the market for a home defense shotgun, may I humbly suggest that you take a good look at one of these. They’ll do the job and make it easy for you to make the gun your own. They are accurate, devastating and very useful for indoor work. The best part is that they’re priced very reasonably. Go have a look for yourself, I think you’ll come to the same conclusions I did.

Stoeger Double Defense Ported Barrels

Stoeger Double Defense Ported Barrels

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  • Dumanhieu Turboshok

    Nice! I like them but only 2 rnds then you got a problem if their are more than 1 or 2 perps. So, you better practice and get real fast at reloads.

    • Carl Fairbank

      I don’t know anyone that would hang around after two rounds of buck shot is thrown at them. You can have extra shells on a small belt on the stock.

    • I’ve seen people keep spare rounds between the fingers of their left hand, perpendicular to their fingers as a way to have a fast reload. It looks a little odd, but works for some.

  • luvmy357

    “These, my friends, are very serious home defense tools.” – Seriously? This article is so full of garbage it is offensive to read. I don’t care how many tacticool appendages you can hang on the rails it does not make up for the lack of round count. Hyperbole much? A double barrel street sweeper? Advocating shooting a guy in the back while making off with a TV? Ridiculous.

    • RTuck

      Wow, sorry I offended you. Write many articles do you? I certainly wasn’t advocating shooting anyone in the back. If he’s standing in my front room with my TV facing me, he probably won’t make it out with it. Lighten up a little, please.

      • luvmy357

        Matter of fact I do; but even if I had never written an article in my life I would still find this one offensive. Nice ad hominem though; try to make it seem that if I do not write articles that I can’t possible know a bad one when I see it.

        OK, so you don’t advocate shooting him in the back (great thank you for clarifying), just over property that can be replaced (ugh, never mind). Understood. Property is so much more valuable than human life. Depending on your state good luck explaining that one to a grand jury. My point is you could have easily explained the power behind limiting yourself to 2 shells without the irresponsible bravado.

        Apologies, I missed the 150 y/o reference.

        • RTuck

          Yea, I can see where you’d want to be kinder and gentler to the guy uninvited in your house stealing your stuff. I get that. For me however, I guess I’m just not that forgiving. See you in court.

          • Cobrawing

            Hi Tuck! I just want to say “hang in there”. I hope you continue to write. While a couple of things were a bit challenging for some of us (LOL), I still appreciate that you took on the challenge of discussing a weapon most people wouldn’t tackle. We have another writer here who weekly foams about “anything” just to keep a presence going here (sigh). It’s easy to write about the popular weapons and popular positions, but you’re willing to take on the other stuff and that is valuable to me.

            I hate reading that which is obvious all the time. I learn a tremendous amount from Col. Findley’s articles and I learned something from your article regarding the origin of the term “street sweeper”. I never would have known that had you not told me. Keep writing and thanks!

        • No one has the right to not be offended. So it goes.

  • Cobrawing

    This article caught my eye because I actually own a Stoeger side-by-side and I love it. I got it not long ago and unfortunately haven’t had a chance to shoot it yet so the patterning obatined here was valuable to me. Apparently, you need to aim a couple of inches low. Good to know. Now as for a few of the things that poster “luvmy357” correctly pointed out . . . the author (whom I think honestly meant well) should never have suggested it’s appropriate to shoot a thief running AWAY with your TV. As a retired law enforcement officer I can assure you that will get you a prison sentence faster than anything. I realize we’d all like to do it LOL . . . but don’t.

    Also, this is not a “street sweeper” (a term used in the article) by any stretch of the definition because you are indeed extremely limited with only two shots. However, you KNOW this when you make this kind of a purchase and should never seriously consider such a weapon in any serious firefight. That’s what your pump shotgun is for folks. Still, it’s just cool to own an old stagecoach kind of weapon and I thank the author for showcasing it. Just realize it is extremely limited in practical application.

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  • An interesting test would be with cut shells and 3″ 00 or 000 buck. Those throw a lot of hate downrange. So, how much do they cost?

    • RTuck

      They retail for $479

  • VA Pete

    “They installed a couple (or three) Picatinny rails in various places then black the whole thing out in non-reflective coatings and keep it short with just 20” of overall length.”
    I assume you mean 20″ barrels. OAL would be more like 38″.

    • RTuck

      You are correct. Thanks for the clarification.

  • Kyle

    Someone likes Stoeger products! I don’t have much interest in a double barrel home defense shotgun. An 870 fills that role for me, but the shotgun that sees the most use in my collection just so happens to be a Stoeger. I own a Model 2000 that has been my duck gun for 4 years of hard use. I put her through hell and she performs just fine in the cold, wet, and dirty duck loads that I shoot. I have been more than pleased, and the Stoeger makes it hard to justify shelling out $1600 for a Beretta or Benelli. It uses an inertia driven system just like its more expensive counter parts. So if any of you gun guys just so happen to be duck hunters, a Stoeger M2000 may be the best $500 you ever spend.

  • Kenneth Ellsworth

    GREAT REVIEW-LOTS OF GOOD INFO-AND I DON’T SWEAT YOUR “PERSONAL” THOUGHTS-THAT OTHER “EXPERT” SHOULD TAKE A CHILL PILL AND COOL OUT-I HAVE A USED OVER/UNDER ON THE WAY AND AM EAGER TO “WRING” IT OUT-A QUICK, AS NEEDED,TWO SHOTS WILL SETTLE MOST “REAL” NEEDS-JUST SAYIN’-KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK-KATFISH

  • Kenneth Ellsworth

    ACADEMY SELLS THEM FOR 459.00 PLUS TAX-WALMART HAD THEM FOR 399.00/PLUS-KATFISH

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