Truth be told, the shotgun was the versatile weapon that helped tame the wild West. Countless shotguns were carried by settlers, pioneers, farmers and wagonloads of others. For lawmen, the shotgun had the ability to stifle barroom arguments and bring desperados to their knees. The break-action, side-by-side shotgun was the most common type, but pump- and lever-action shotguns made their mark, too. And well before shells, there were muzzle-loading percussion models where you loaded all the required fixings. Luckily, several companies are offering modern reproductions to suit your needs. So, without further ado, here’s a roundup of some of the best cowboy shotguns.

For more on the cowboy shotguns featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.

Chiappa Model 1887

Cimarron 1878 Coach Gun

Cimarron 1883 Double Barrel

Cimarron Doc Holliday

CZ Hammer Classic

CZ Hammer Coach

Dixie Gun Works Baker Cavalry

Dixie Gun Works M1887 Mare’s Leg

IAC Model 1897 Cowboy

Stoeger Coach Gun Single Trigger

Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme

Taylor’s & Co. Black Powder Shotgun

Taylor’s & Co. Wyatt Earp Shotgun

This article was originally published in “Guns of the Old West” #90. To subscribe to the magazine, visit

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