OK, I don't want to hijack the very interesting ''BP Defensive Pistol Thread'', but I have always wanted a Howdah-style side-by-side pistol ...I've had a .36 Corsair double, and currently have the .44 version of that fine pistola, but it's relativly small bore, and not really the same thing. on the other hand, I feel like $800.00 for a 20 guage ''sawed off'' is a bit much. Any ideas?
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April 2, 2012, 12:18 AM
I think Middlesex has the Indian made Howdah pistols for a lot less than the Pedersoli.
April 2, 2012, 03:26 AM
tom e gun
April 2, 2012, 05:01 AM
i just found a link to one possibly :)
April 2, 2012, 08:11 AM
About the Middlesex pistol. I have one. At this point, I like it and it is a hoot to shoot.
That being said......it has taken a lot of work to get to "this point".
Bottom line...when I got the gun, it had, absolutely and finally, the worst trigger that I have ever tried to pull. It had to be in the 30-40 lbs category. I could not fire it with one hand; I could barely get the triggers pulled with two fingers on.
I had to completely dismantle both locks and then file the relevant springs, and then sand and polish every part and bearing surface. Essentially, I rebuilt the locks.
Now the triggers are at about 10 lbs and the gun is shootable.
I don't know that every Howdah that MVTC sells is as I have described; mine certainly was.
Note: It is also a smaller gun - shorter barrels - than the Pedersoli.
thanks, guys, maybe I'll stick with my. 44 for now...it's the functional equivilant to a legal ''sawed off'' .410, anyhow.
April 2, 2012, 05:10 PM
I know this is odd coming from me, but.......
where's the picture???
Now that my "good" camera is working I find that the piece of Dell laptop I am using does not have a port for its type of memory card.
Not posting myself however in no way prevents me from venting upon others that do not.
Besides I have only seen them in adds in the way back and always wondered what they were like.
April 2, 2012, 10:21 PM
My howdah from middlesex has a bad trigger, but not that bad.
$350 from middlesex versus $600-700 from Pedersoli?
My blunderbus and my ship's carbine from middlesex have decent trigger pulls even compared to my italian repros.
April 2, 2012, 10:43 PM
Don't forget, Dixie Gun Works has the Howdah in kit form!
It costs a bit less than the completed pistol, sort it by price and it's at the bottom of the page!
BE Wild Willy
April 3, 2012, 12:42 AM
Seen this in the classifieds over on the MLF. I know it's only a .44, but kinda neat.
There's a difference between a howdah and a double barreled pistol. If it's .50" or larger, it can be a howdah.
The original howdah guns were cut-down large bore safari guns. At first local craftsmen cut down old guns, then parker and h&h made and sold them. The ones that went to india were called howdah guns, the ones that went to africa were cheetah guns.
April 3, 2012, 04:50 PM
I saw the howdah in Cabela's bargin cave for half of what they sold for new. I'm guessing there was a lot of buyer's remorse, because at one point there was half a dozen of them there.
April 3, 2012, 06:03 PM
^haha. It's almost tax time....
/I'm saving my ducats.
April 3, 2012, 07:07 PM
here are a couple pics of my howdah, 69 caliber or so
Those folks over there want more money than folks here abouts it seems.
April 4, 2012, 04:18 AM
cheetahs never prosper.
April 4, 2012, 05:13 AM
That is sweet looking, Plastikos. :)
April 4, 2012, 08:59 AM
I *need* a howdah pistol... I can only find Pedersoli's over here in the UK and they are a 'tad' expensive... at round £600 ($1000) :(
April 7, 2012, 03:59 PM
Ugh....they ain't much cheaper, here!
April 7, 2012, 09:22 PM
If you wanted a single shot version you could ream out the rifling on a Kentucky pistol, remove the rear sight, and file the front sight to be more like a bead! I'd imagine that sort of thing would be excellent for small game if you loaded it with birdshot! It would be quite fun to own a legal sawnoff shotgun! One of the many things I like about blackpowder is the fact I can have what is essentially a short barreled shotgun with no paperwork at all. :)
April 8, 2012, 06:15 PM
I had similar questions a few years back and this is how my project ended up. I am real happy with it.