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CZ Sharp-Tail Coach: The Best Cowboy Shotgun Around?

CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Shotgun
CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Shotgun. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Be a Modern Cowboy With the CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Shotgun: I don’t know about anyone else but, after growing up watching westerns, I’ve always wanted a double-barrel shotgun.

The CZ Sharp-Tail Coach shotgun gave me an opportunity to finally live out that fantasy and I weren’t disappointed.

CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Shotgun: The Basics 

If I had to use one word to describe the Sharp-Tail, it would be simple. The frame passes the eye test for an old-west gun, but the gun parts are modern. The trigger mechanism has a smooth pull and I was actually surprised at the accuracy.

I went after the 12 gauge model, but you can get the 20 gauge for the same price at $1,000. At about 20 yards, the buckshot had a spread of 6 inches. It’s a double-barrel and I liked the selector switch that let me decide which barrel was firing.

The left pulled a little in that direction and the right did the same, but anything inside of that spread was hit. I was also really happy with the recoil because the Sharp-Tail is only about 3 feet long and 6 pounds so I didn’t know what to expect.

For such a small shotgun, it absorbs a lot of the recoil and the thick recoil pad did the rest. A small shooter might feel it more, but I loved how it handled and fired. The pistol grip felt good and I had no issues with misfires, but remember that it has a manual safety.

One thing I will say is that the reload was eventually as smooth as butter, but it didn’t start that way. Like most shotguns with this design, the Sharp-Tail is break-action and you have to manually extract the shells.

Out of the box, it started out pretty tight so just make sure to use oil and you should be great after a few reloads. I liked that the shells stayed in if you reload your own shells like I do, but for a faster reload you can tilt the gun up before flipping it open and they’ll fall right out.

CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Shotgun: Bottomline

The CZ Sharp-Tail Coach shotgun lived up to my western expectations and was a lot of fun to shoot, especially once I oiled up the break-action. The recoil made it accessible for different shooters and the accuracy doesn’t need a lot of skill. It’s great for closer targets, from clay pigeons to trick shots, and for $1,000 it’s worth adding to your collection.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.