In order for us to provide you with the very best experience while visiting our websites, you must use an up-to-date browser. One gun that has always seemed very interesting to me is the so-called Howdah pistol.
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The history is rich and it was originally created to serve as a last-ditch effort from attacking animals whilst on the hunt.
The name of the gun originates from the use of the Howdah — or rather the carriage if you will — placed atop an elephant while hunting. These were quite popular for hunting in India especially during the late 19 th and into the early 20 th century.
The need arose after, one must assume, a few hunters were plucked from their howdahs by angry tigers! The hunter needed a way to defend himself quickly and easily — much more so than a long barreled rifle could provide. These guns started out merely as cut-down, out of use rifles.
Therefore, it is typical to see them using rifle cartridges that have also been trimmed. Because of the close range use, long distance accuracy was not a requirement! They were also naturally produced by much smaller firms and probably cobbled together in India, as well.
Through the natural evolution of cartridges, the howdah pistol was later manufactured using pinfire and then centerfire cartridges. As stated earlier, many of these were merely shortened version of their rifle counterparts or would otherwise employ cartridges such as the Boxer which was developed by William Tranter of Birmingham or, later on, the more common Webley.
I have seen many of these howdah pistols over the years and quite a few of them go through the major auctions. Perhaps not serving much of a true purpose these days, I still think they are typically great values if one is interested in the history or possible providence of these types of guns. The gun of last resort! Thanks to Larry to for the article. Looking a photos of the real thing, even assuming they did not get chomped by an angry Tiger, they probably had an express rifle discharging just behind them!
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Update my browser now. The Explora. Search Categories Archives Links. Nice article, thank you. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.The Ghost and the Darkness is a historical thriller based on the non-fiction book The Man-eaters of Tsavo written by John Henry Patterson portrayed by Val Kilmer in the film and which chronicles the true story of lions that terrorized railroad construction workers in 19th century Africa.
When railroad workers are found slaughtered by what appears to be a lion, Col. Patterson is assigned to hunt down and kill the predators. On later hunts, Patterson is accompanied by professional hunter Remington Michael Douglas.
Though the film ventures somewhat away from the actual details of the hunt, it is an exciting adventure movie with a well-written script by William Goldman who also wrote the screenplays for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidMaverickAll the President's Men and Marathon Man. It is also notable for featuring multiple British firearms, some of which almost never appear in American productions such as the Lee-Speed Sporter rifle used by Patterson Val Kilmera Howdah Pistol and a Farquharson Rifle.
The movie was filmed in South Africa in The following weapons were used in the film The Ghost and the Darkness :. It appears to have a 26" barrel and is probably chambered for. The Lee-Speed was popular with British officers and other hunters who wanted a fine rifle but couldn't afford the expensive double barrel rifles made by Purdy and others. The Lee-Speeds were also popular because they fired the British service round and had the same action as the Lee-Enfield bolt action rifle.
In the primitive conditions of Africa in the late 19th and early 20th century, the British Army was often a source of supply for hunters and colonists, which would have included spare parts and ammo. There were not many Cabelas sitting around on the grasslands of Kenya. A popular design in the late 19th century with British hunters. The Farquharson Rifle design is still in use. Most notably the Ruger No.
Though it is unknown which company or gunsmith manufactured the double barreled rifle used by Remington Michael Douglas and later Patterson Val Kilmer it appears to be a hammerless model.
It would likely be in 3. Used by different characters in the movie.
Historically accurate. By the British Army was using the Lee - Enfield bolt action rifle in. The Martini-Henry Mk. III was a black powder rifle and was classified as obsolete. It was available on the surplus gun market and it would have been cheap and plentiful.
It fired a powerful round. Snider Enfield Mk. It's a nice touch and showed that somebody was thinking. In the Snider rifles were surplus and would probably have been readily available in Colonial Africa. Samuel is a native and though trusted by the Europeans would not have been a wealthy man. A surplus Snider rifle would have met his needs and been affordable for him. The fact that the rare Artillery Carbine was used also shows a good eye for detail. Easier to carry and maneuver with than the full length infantry rifle version.
The Howdah Pistol used in the film was a very powerful double barrel handgun developed by the British hunters in India for close range, last ditch, defense against Tigers and other dangerous game.
Though it appears that a Lancaster Howdah Pistol is used in the movie, other makers produced Howdah-style handguns. A Howdah was the basket that hunters rode in on top of elephants in India.
Tigers were known to climb up the Elephant to reach the hunters in the Howdah. At such a close range, a long-barreled rifle was less than effective. The Howdah Pistol was perfect. They typically had two or four barrel designs.Originally a smooth-bore pistol, it was available as a gauge or gauge model. The special cartridge chamber enables the. This fascinating pistol is mm long and weighs 1. The tortoiseshell finish on the receiver is complemented by the oil-finished walnut stock.
The semi-beavertail forend makes the pistol easy to aim and grip without your hand getting in the way of your line of sight. The aiming system comprises a rear sight with a raised rib and a brass bead front sight. New from Pedersoli: Cook Underhammer pistol. We had already caught a glimpse of it at IWA last year. Now the Cook Underhammer, a curious percussion pistol with the hammer located under the frame, is finally available. Front sight is drift-adjustable, rear sight can be adjusted in elevation.
The pistol is in. With a length of exactly one meter Recently I had the privilege to test the replica of the Sharps Model produced by Davide Perdersoli. During a boar hunt we followed the dog driver in his difficult but exciting task, carrying a Pedersoli Mark II rifle: a gun born for the forest and for close encounters with these wild animals. We actually tested it in the field - enjoy our video!
But the news does not end here: presented for the first time in the USA, the Sporting Classic lever rifle with round barrel and a new version of the Howdah gun. From the well-known Italian manufacturer, a beautiful reproduction of an unusual gun born from the collaboration between two celebrated gunsmiths in the early nineteenth-century London.
A captivating collector's item, but also an accurate and ergonomically well-designed gun that can be used in muzzle-loading events. When hunting with shotguns I never really liked the smell of gunpowder. Also this year Pedersoli was one of the main sponsors of the event and brought home a long list of winners. You are here: Shooting Pistols Pedersoli Howdah. The Team all4shooters.
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View as:. Canvas Menu. Cartridge Models Remington Conversion C. Howdah Hunter. The Howdah Hunter pistol has side by side barrels and is a reproduction of the Anglo-Saxon guns used in the second half of the 's in the far colonial territories and India.
During the first period of British colonial government in India, the Howdah pistols were preferred for their power and reliability, but their main use was at close range to stop dangerous wild animals such as the tiger from leaping upon the "Howdah" box atop the elephant's back.
The locks are embellished with engraving featuring wild animals and finished with case hardened coloring. The walnut pistol grip stock has two checkered sections to grant a firm and comfortable and stable grip with a counterweight butt plate. The howdah pistol in. This pistol uses standard revolver caps for loading and the manufacturer manual includes black powder shotgun barrel loading recommendations.
Show 6 9 15 30 per page. Add to Cart.The new Pedersoli Howdah double pistol from the Italian Firearms Group is an historic design with a lineage that dates back to late 19 th century Europe and development of the first Howdah-style double barrel pistols for big game hunters.
In America the handful of Howdah-style percussion pistols and later cartridge pistols, both side-by-side and superposed versions that found their way to our shores, were quickly copied by gunsmiths, as well as those with little more than a hacksaw and an idea. The design is based on the inch barrel length Flues Model of the break-open, double barrel pistol introduced by Ithaca in and manufactured through The most important difference is that the Pedersoli has rifled barrels and is chambered for 3-inch.
The grip shape is nearly identical to the early Ithaca models, including the integrated spur to stabilize the gun in the hand during recoil, a design seen on many European Howdah pistols. The Pedersoli also uses a sliding thumb operated safety and break-open lever like a shotgun, but the pistol has a slightly longer wrist than the original Ithaca, thus increasing the length of reach to the trigger.
It was also decided to offer both traditional double triggers or an optional special order non-selective trigger for the Pedersoli, firing the barrels sequentially right and left. Another change is the addition of a folding rear leaf sight to allow better accuracy with. The vast majority of original smoothbore Ithaca models were chambered in 20 ga. The Pedersoli Howdah. The silver welded barrels use a monoblock with two lugs, and a horizontal wedge inserted on the frame that fits inside the lugs when the action is closed.
The Pedersoli Howdah has a handsomely hand checkered splinter forend and hand checkered pistol grip with spur, a color casehardened receiver and tang, high polish blued barrels, triggerguard, trigger, lever, and checkered sliding manual safety. The FTX pistol cartridges, and the option of loading one of many.
In terms of handling, the Pedersoli is about as basic as it gets, think double barrel shotgun scaled down to pistol size, but with the same manual of operation, one lever to open it, load two rounds, close it, and the action is ready.
The gun also has a manual tang safety, just like a shotgun. Drop in two hard-hitting gr. With The heavier hitting combo loads, Critical Defense Triple Defense and PDX1 require a strong support hand hold with fingers wrapped over the edge of the barrels. Recoil, as expected, is heavy but still manageable, and the Pedersoli does not ride back in the hand due to the grip angle and grip spur, which keeps the pistol centered in the web of the shooting hand.
The best hold on the gun is with the strong side arm extended a Weaver stance works well with the support hand firmly grasping the forearm. Trigger pull for the optional single, non-selective trigger on the test gun averaged 4. Average velocity for the. FTX was 1, fps. Hornady Triple Defense sent its.
I shot two sets of rounds with each brand of ammo with average shot groups measuring 2. Barrel regulation was very close at this range with the left and right barrels splitting the distance from POA. With the buckshot, Remington HD clustered its four lead balls at 2.Pedersoli 45/410 Howdah Pistol Shotgun + Race Ready 73s - SHOT Show 2017
For modern day lawmen, the gun is relatively antiquated by 21 st century standards but not impractical; as a home and personal defense gun, for carry in a vehicle, or encountering uninvited things that go bump in the night, a high-power.
In that one respect the Pedersoli Howdah. For an individual seeking a simply handled and, dare we say, menacing looking handgun sure to turn most individuals on their heels, you could do a whole lost worse!
The Pedersoli. To purchase a Pedersoli firearm on GunsAmerica. My only income is SS.Double barrel. Breech of the same pistol open for loading. This particular weapon was made for a left-handed user. The howdah pistol was a large-calibre handgun, often with two or four barrels, used in India and Africa from the beginning of the nineteenth century, and into the early twentieth century, during the period of British Colonial rule.
It was typically intended for defence against tigers, lions, and other dangerous animals that might be encountered in remote areas. Multi-barreled breech loading designs were later favoured over the original muzzle loading designs for Howdah pistols, because they offered faster reloading than was possible with contemporary revolvers,  which had to be loaded and unloaded through a gate in the side of the frame.
The term "howdah pistol" comes from the howdaha large platform mounted on the back of an elephant. Hunters, especially during the period of the British Raj in India, used howdahs as a platform for hunting wild animals and needed large-calibre side-arms for protection from animal attacks. These earliest howdah pistols were flintlock designs, and it was not until about 60 years later percussion models in single or double barrel congfiguration were seen.
By the s and early s cartridge firing and fully rifled howdah pistols were in normal everyday use. The first breech loading howdah pistols were little more than sawn-off rifles typically in.
Later English firearms makers manufactured specially-designed howdah pistols  in both rifle calibres and more conventional handgun calibres such as. Even though howdah pistols were designed for emergency defense from dangerous animals in Africa and India, British officers adopted them for personal protection in other far-flung outposts of the British Empire.
Modern reproductions are available from Italian gun maker Pedersoli in. Sign In Don't have an account? This particular weapon was made for a left-handed user The howdah pistol was a large-calibre handgun, often with two or four barrels, used in India and Africa from the beginning of the nineteenth century, and into the early twentieth century, during the period of British Colonial rule.
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This gauge Howdah Hunter Percussion pistol shotgun made by Pedersoli features a blue barrel and stock high on the muzzle. The sturdy grip with fine checkering on the sides provides for a robust grip and is completed with a metal butt plate. The ramrod has a horn tip at the one end. The gun is equipped with a double set trigger. The frame is case hardened. With a 9" round barrel and weighing over four pounds, the Colt Walker was a weapon for the toughest soldiers and frontier lawmen.
Prior to the introduction of the. Inspired by Capt. Samuel H. Walker of the US Mounted Rifles, it fired. These units came to be known as "Dragoons". About 7, of the 1st Model Dragoon Revolver were made. About 2, of the 2nd Model Dragoon Revolver were made. About 10, of the 3rd Model Dragoon Revolver were made.
The first Dragoon was made by Colt for Eli Whitney. The Whitneyville model is manufactured like a Walker, but uses the Dragoon barrel and cylinder.
This revolver features a Walker style grip, square brass trigger guard, steel backstrap, and oval notches on the cylinder. Blue finish with case hardened frame and Blade front sights.
Overall length is The Navy, produced from was the most famous of the cap-and-ball era. The 6-shot revolver has perfect balance, precise aim, and dependability. The barrel is 5". The barrel is 4" long. The Remington, a solid-frame design that was both elegant and reliable, was the prevailing choice of the military officers in the Civil War. The New Army is a six-shot.
The barrel is 8" and the trigger guard is brass. The Remington New Army is a six-shot. The grip is 2 piece walnut. Dovetail front blade sights. Overall length Weight 2. Black Rock Finish is applied which makes this Remington resistant to corrosion form black powder and very easy to clean. The Remington New Navy is a six-shot.