From the ‘love it or hate it’ department we have the Defense Double (DD) shotgun from Stoeger Industries. The DD is a short double barrel (20″ barrels) gun with a top rail for optics and a bottom rail for a light. It’s finished in matte black for a no nonsense look.
Which brings me to the subject of today’s post: do you love it or hate it?
From the ‘hate it’ side we have a number of good arguments ranging from “it’s just plain ugly” to “you’re limited to two shots before needing to reload”. Well, beauty is a subjective thing but the DD is certainly unconventional looking. (to fans of traditional doubles it must appear as an abomination!)
In a home defense situation, if two rounds don’t get the job done you’re faced with the task of reloading, maybe in the dark, under a great deal of stress. Not good.
From the ‘love it’ camp we have the idea of a double being able to fire two rounds with absolute reliability. No need to pump the action or rely on the mechanics of a semi auto, the DD will give you “two for sure”.
And what about the top and bottom rail? Why not! Rails have proven effective and reliable on defensive carbines and defensive pump and semi auto shotguns, so why not on a defensive double? It looks absolutely unconventional (maybe even a bit mall ninja) but it’s hard to argue with the ability to place optics, lasers and lights on a home defense weapon.
Personally I give Stoeger a thumbs up for bringing the DD to market. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but you have to credit a company that is willing to try new designs. In this realm I can’t help but think of the Taurus Judge. Introduced a few years ago it was certainly an unconventional looking revolver. But the Judge has been wildly popular for Taurus and recently several ammunition makers have introduced .410 loads specifically for the Judge line of revolvers.
Will the Stoeger DD become wildly popular? Maybe, maybe not but you gotta credit Stoeger for thinking outside of the box.
What is your opinion on the Stoeger Defense Double?