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Howdah Pistols: Big Bores for Big Game

Whether seen atop the elephant of an Indian hunting party or worn on the hip of a British officer, the howdah pistol was a formidable weapon.

Originally used in elephant riding platforms (a howdah) during dangerous game hunts, the howdah pistol satisfied the need for big bore firepower during up-close, in-a-hurry encounters with big game. They are frequently found with two or four barrels as such dangerous situations seldom allowed the opportunity to reload.

Crafted by some of Europe’s finest arms makers, and purchased by those with the means to take such exotic trips, howdah pistols are typically of top quality manufacturing and frequently come with attractive, yet understated, embellishment.

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