Also, the overall length of a coach gun is shorter than a tactical, right?
That would depend on the "tactical".
A Coach Gun is 36-1/2" long (just checked the site, nice guy that I am...
). My Mossberg 500 with a 18.5" barrel on it is somewhere around 35" (I know it's shorter than my 37" 10/22). Too close to make a distinction. Your mileage may vary depending on stock and barrel length.
Hey, whack the stock off at the pistol grip on that coach gun and you'll have something really
small. (Legal notice: NO, I am not actually suggesting anyone do this!)
Another edit, to addresss a post entered while I was typing:
Also, I suppose if you didn't want to pinpoint your location in the dark, reloding a double would be better than racking a pump and the second shot would be faster?
Huh? Reloading a double might make a tad less noise than racking a pump (I almost typed "pimp"
), but the break-open is still going to make some noise. Whether this would come into play in a defensive scenario is questionable. Most people want
the sound of the pump, as another possible detriment to the criminal.
As for reloading a double faster
than you can work the slide on a pump? I don't think so...