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is this a .44 cal howda???

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  1. damoc

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

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    any historical imformation as to what this is a replica of would be apreciated
     
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    A "Howdah" pistol is generally thought of as .60 caliber/ 20 gauge or larger. This is just a regular double-barreled pistol.
     
  4. damoc

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

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howdah_pistol

    Thanks blacknet for that link
     
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    sorry didnt spell howdah correctly
     
  6. Texan Scott

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

    LD
     
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    I could start a thread with my howdah :) We could do it like the ruger old army clug, just post to be a member.
     
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    do i get to be a member with my junior Howdah? :D
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howdah_pistol

    http://youtu.be/6mXeuJOfUNM

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

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    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
     
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    So, howdah you know?
     
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    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.

    http://www.jamesedition.com/lifestyle-collectibles/antique-arms-and-armor/extremely-fine-and-rare-cased-pair-of-henry-tatham-howdah-pistols-(london)-687902
     
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    all I can say is beautiful!I have an original but nowhere like yours
     
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    Woah. Those are wonderful.
     
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