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This pistol has side lever action, non-rebounding back locks, 6¾in. barrels, Black Powder proof, and fires the .577 Snider rifle cartridge.
Howdah pistols were handguns adapted or designed to the specific requirements of hunting Indian wild game from a platform on the back of an elephant, also known as a howdah. Howdah hunting was popular all throughout the British Raj (the rule by the British Crown on the Indian subcontinent from 1858 to 1947). As such, Howdah pistols were rifle-powered handguns made from hunting long arms to give their users quick follow-up shots on target. These features made howdah pistols very simple, sturdy weapons, which they needed to be as any misfire could spell the death of their wearers.
We are proud to have been able to make a case for such a wonderful, historical pistol and its accessories. Here are the stages of construction: