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is this a .44 cal howda???

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by damoc, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. damoc

    damoc Well-Known Member

    Is this a form of howdah pistol .44 cal rifled double barrel made by corsair
    in italy.


    any historical imformation as to what this is a replica of would be apreciated
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2013
  2. BlackNet

    BlackNet Well-Known Member

  3. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    A "Howdah" pistol is generally thought of as .60 caliber/ 20 gauge or larger. This is just a regular double-barreled pistol.
  4. damoc

    damoc Well-Known Member

    Thats what I thought also but after reading the wiki page on howdas I realised that
    smaller calibers were also used.


    Thanks blacknet for that link
  5. damoc

    damoc Well-Known Member

    sorry didnt spell howdah correctly
  6. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    Very nice... nice indeed. You may call it a howdah if you wish. You have my blessing. ;)
  7. EljaySL

    EljaySL Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I think most people reading this are probably thinking of something like the Pedersoli ones but historically it's kind of a vague term. I'd probably just call it a double barreled pistol but I'm actually getting kind of tired of explaining the whole howdah thing to people at the range, so that's just me.
  8. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I could go either way on it. It wasn't advertised as a howdah when it was was made/sold.
    HOWEVER, I'd be more than happy to have you in the Howdah camp with us Howdah owners.
    After all, it's a .44 and I LOVE .44s.
    Welcome to the Howdah fold sir/madam.
    Nice Corsair/Junior Howdah there. I first saw those for sale in the 1970s, as a boy.
    In fact, Ralph Walker's Black Powder Gunsmithing has a section in the back with BP guns that were currently made and the Corsair was listed as being available in .36 and .44 caliber.

    We need a Howdah club.
    I'd start one, but I'm not here enough to keep track of members.
    Plus, I'm too lazy. :)
  9. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Well-Known Member

    Please note that the "Howdah" pistols according to the reference didn't start to appear in the handgun calibers until breech loading designs came about. Depending on the load that double .44 can take, if it's not up around a Colt Walker load, it's probably too puny to deal with a tiger, even at a few feet..., so it wouldn't be a "Howdah Pistol".

  10. BlackNet

    BlackNet Well-Known Member

    I could start a thread with my howdah :) We could do it like the ruger old army clug, just post to be a member.
  11. damoc

    damoc Well-Known Member

    do i get to be a member with my junior Howdah? :D
  12. BlackNet

    BlackNet Well-Known Member



    ^^^ this is the reason why the howdah was started.
  13. AJumbo

    AJumbo Well-Known Member

    I have one of those that I bought a long ol' time ago, in kit form. The locks were awful, and i never assembled it. I believe "Corsair" was the model name. I still have the parts at Dad's, and sometimes I think I should have a whack at putting it together. That feeling usually passes after I mess with the locks for ten minutes or so.
  14. damoc

    damoc Well-Known Member

    The trigger pull on this was terrible and I see that other thread on these things mentioned the same problem but it only took a little light filing to get it to where
    its comforatable
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2013
  15. rio nueces

    rio nueces Well-Known Member

    So, howdah you know?
  16. Nordmann

    Nordmann New Member

    Extremely fine & rare cased pair of henry tatham howdah pistols (london)

    I just bought a splendid and very rare cased pair of rifled howdah pistols by Henry Tatham, 37 Charing Cross, London, circa 1845. Gun and Pistol maker to the Royal family.

    They are in their original case with coloured maker's trade label. Barrels retain 95% original bright stripy browning. Bores are bright with strong rifling. Triggerguards display most bright "peacock" bluing. The finely checkered select walnut stocks exhibit a startling 98%+ original varnish. The locks, hammers, and hinged buttcaps are finely engraved and have considerable colour hardening throughout. Stirrup rammers are crisp. Accessories include original key, rod with jags, and box of caps. Silver thumbpieces with owner's initials. 65 calibre barrels are 5 inches to patent breeches and pistols measure 12.75 inches overall.

  17. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member


    all I can say is beautiful!I have an original but nowhere like yours
  18. EljaySL

    EljaySL Well-Known Member

    Woah. Those are wonderful.

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