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''cheap'' Howdah-style side-by-side pistol

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by BHP FAN, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I think Middlesex has the Indian made Howdah pistols for a lot less than the Pedersoli.
  3. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    thanks Jaymo!
  4. tom e gun

    tom e gun Well-Known Member

  5. Pete D.

    Pete D. Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. JohnnyCremains

    JohnnyCremains Well-Known Member

  7. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    thanks, guys, maybe I'll stick with my. 44 for now...it's the functional equivilant to a legal ''sawed off'' .410, anyhow.
  8. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    BHP Fan,

    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.

  9. wittzo

    wittzo Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Well-Known Member

  11. BE Wild Willy

    BE Wild Willy Well-Known Member

  12. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    That is exactly what I have.
  13. BE Wild Willy

    BE Wild Willy Well-Known Member

    Now kbob can see...
  14. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

  15. wittzo

    wittzo Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. ZZZ

    ZZZ Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. desidog

    desidog Well-Known Member

    ^haha. It's almost tax time....

    /I'm saving my ducats.
  18. Plastikosmd

    Plastikosmd Well-Known Member

    here are a couple pics of my howdah, 69 caliber or so

  19. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    fancier than I recalled.

    Those folks over there want more money than folks here abouts it seems.

  20. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    cheetahs never prosper.

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