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When the stagecoaches were standard in the 1880s, the driver would typically assign his passenger seat to
an armed partner whose duty it was to keep thieves away.
Hence, the expression "riding shotgun."
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    • Neat. I think we need to bring this back, have a firearm in the passenger seat at all times.
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    • i just bought my fist weapon and it was a stage coach double barrel
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    • I got my folks ridin shotgun with a shotgun in case y'all tryna cop one.
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    • ariforo42 10 aug
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    • RDR2 where John needs to pick up tools in the epilogue
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    • The back seat behind the shotgun seat is called the Kurt cobain
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    • Random poll. Do you prefer your barrels to be Over-Under or Side by Side on a double-barrel?
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    • Everyone in Western and Central USA:
      MlemFox 10 aug
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    • The term was also popular during American prohibition because the shotgunner would be tasked with sh00ting the tires of police cars
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    • Finn05 11 aug
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    • If this is true its amazing how a phrase passes down for so long
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    • Send me your gun pics. Lemme see them builds
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    • Nobody knows what a coach gun is anymore and it makes me sad
      El89 10 aug
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    • No one ever talks about the guy who rode in the back hiding all of the cucumbers and corn cobs. That's where the phrase "can we pull over because my ass hurts" comes from.
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    • Then your shotgun passenger dies to the skinner Brothers while you're just trying to build a house ;-;
      Razorz204 10 aug
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    • Thanks Marquess.
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    • All the more reason to call shotgun imo
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    • Did anyone not know this?
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    • If your friend is a felon but you're in their car with a registered firearm that you own can they still get in trouble for your gun?
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    • I was riding shotgun with my hair undone in the front seat of his stagecoach
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    • My coworker asked if it was common to have a gun in the 1800's and I replied that you either have a gun to rob someone or defend yourself
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    • FYI, it was also to keep away Indians. Thats why we have the saying, "Anyome can ride shotgun, until they encounter Indians."
      lenig2 10 aug
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    • I thought it was called shotgun because of the shotgun in the glove box
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    • content not available more
      Foundry 10 aug
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    • No. The term is from thieves that boarded trains and held the engineer at gunpoint while the passengers were robbed.
      scobbit87 11 aug
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    • Oh wow what an interesting fact noboby could have deciphered this if not for the guidance of uberfacts
      Skynyrd_ 11 aug
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    • Recommendations on first handguns? Just turned 21 bois
      pppcccc 11 aug
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    • Shotguns were invented in 1878.
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    • The term also came from riding in the passenger seat in police cars in the early 40s-80s where there was a shotgun check your facts jack
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    • Shotguns didn't exist at that time
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    • Ok but shotguns didn't exist yet
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    • Nah it's because in cop movies the get away driver would give the passenger a shotgun to sho0t the police cruisers
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    • I thought it was required to know this to be American
      Nobody659 13 aug
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    • Question... who the fuck didn't know that
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    • I still take it literally, attempt car jacking us at your own risk. Bang
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    • Who didn't know this? Like honestly... Learn just a tiny bit of history folks.
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    • Where did the expression "riding bitch" come from?
      HandyAndy 13 aug
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    • Can we bring back stagecoaches they sound a lot less money then a car
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    • That’s also why short double barrel shot guns were commonly called coach guns
      devlee12 13 aug
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    • When I read this for some reason it was a brutish voice
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    • Well d'uh
      fleetwud 12 aug
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    • Man those were way simpler times, where the hell is Mr. Peabody and the wayback machine
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    • I still do that
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    • Hence calling shotgun because you wanted to fuck up some robbers
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    • I’m surprised people never heard of this...it’s kinda common knowledge in Texas.
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    • riding shotgun is a responsibility, not a privilege, and this meme proves it.
      zenoth 12 aug
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    • I kinda figured this was why
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    • We ALL know this karen
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    • Fuck off I learned this from that show about guns. I canmot for the life of me remember the name of it but people would like write in a letter asking questions about the gun and R Lee Ermey would answer them with a cool history lesson
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    • Thought most people could figure this out on their own
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    • Red Dead Redemption 2
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    • revanlul 12 aug
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    • Duh
      filter13 12 aug
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    • Can fuck fucker give us a reading on this?
      isnoons 12 aug
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    • Fun fact about the "Wild West". There was nothing wild about it. More like "Tame West". Everybody and their brother was armed.
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    • Me defending my friend’s trader wagon in rdr2
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    • Cover me, I'm changing lanes!!
      jbradfor 11 aug
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    • You are all just now learning this?
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    • Is this not common knowledge.
      Cardy37 11 aug
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    • Or " coach gun"
      vonmahon 11 aug
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    • Just the 1880’s?
      xelosman 11 aug
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    • Me n my friends call it Cobain
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    • Explains why that is an american thing...wild west...
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    • Monkey3y 11 aug
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    • Fun fact, thanks
      Nael_Mama 11 aug
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    • No shit
      Dolemite 11 aug
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    • Common knowledge
      dgosh 11 aug
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    • Poor animals who had to haul that
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    • No shit
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    • haha, 36,000
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    • Actually it’s because the kaiser never wanted to sit there (he would get very angry)
      _Heavy 11 aug
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    • Whats your dad do? Oh hes the front gunner on a stagecoach
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    • Aye yo, where the fuck did InfoChecker go?
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    • Is there anyone who didn't know this?
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    • I literally thought this yesterday
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    • Better get used to them days again. Home evictions are coming. Desperate people will run rampid. Better buckle up.....
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    • Learned that in history class.
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    • The outlaw era really was something else
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    • Remember Gun? Fun game
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    • Is breakfast called that cuz it breaks your fast?
      Parks3211 11 aug
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    • I still do this
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    • oh its not because i wanna blow my brains out with a shotgun listening to your story?
      Kodi1223 11 aug
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    • They’re no match for my fucking lasso
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    • Honestly when i was a kid i thought people would piece that together on their own. Oh how i underestimated the average idiot
      Poobla 11 aug
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    • You...don’t ride around armed? What’s wrong with y’all?
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    • Really? Are you sure it’s not from me wanting to put a shotgun to my head after seeing this?
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    • bring back this tradition
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    • Me, at every passing stranger:
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    • no shit
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    • Yes yes tell me something I don't know. (Also because this is the internet something not terribly disturbing)
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