Make: D. Pedersoli
Model: Howdah Hunter
Serial Number: HP4281
Year of Manufacture: 2014 (CM Date Code)
Caliber: 20 Gauge or 0.61 Caliber Ball
Action Type: Side by Side, Muzzle Loaded, Exposed Hammer Percussion Pistol.
Markings: The left side of the left barrel is marked “HP4281 / PEDERSOLI-ITALY CAL.20 / BLACK POWDER ONLY”, with “DP” in oval, “CM” date code in rectangle and three Italian proof marks. The right side of the right barrel is marked with the “CM” date code in rectangle and three Italian proof marks. The hammers have open scroll engraving, the left lock plate has a large predator cat sneaking through the grass, as well as scroll engraving. The right lock plate has a wild boar in the brush with more scroll engraving, which is also found on the upper tang and lower frame plate. The original factory box is serialized to the Howdah and reflects its configuration.
Barrel Length: 11 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass bead, screwed into the solid rib of the barrel set. There is no rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has flank checkering on the pistol grip which has a handy counter-balance cap. The stock is free of notable damages as photographed, though there are some slight gaps in fit to the metal fixtures. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright, there is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The surfaces have only a few very faint scuffs which are only noticeable upon close inspection; the right side of the right barrel has a small factory flaw under the finish. This item looks to have been shot infrequently, if at all, outside of the factory and was well taken care of in the interim. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol / shotgun has dual non-selective triggers and exposed hammers. The undercarriage of the barrel set has a swiveling ram rod. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the pistol’s original factory cardboard box which is serialized to the item and reflects its configuration. The box has a few scuffs from storage and rates in Excellent condition. Also included is a large wooden display case with green fabric inner linings and cutouts for the included brass oiler, powder measure, key, 0.61 caliber mold, screwdriver and powder flask; all of these items are in Excellent condition. An unopened Davide Pedersoli dvd is included, along with an unopened instruction manual, Cabela’s instruction manual, warning card and plastic pistol bag, all in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: From Pedersoli’s website “Classic pistol with side by side barrels reproducing the Anglo-Saxon guns’ style used for the hunt in the second half of the Eighteen hundreds in the far colonial territories and India. During the first period of the British colonial government in India, the Howdah pistols for their power and reliability were preferred by the officers of the English army in the far away outposts of the wide empire, but the main use was at close range to stop dangerous wild animals such as the tiger which were known to leap upon the Howdah atop the elephants back. The Howdah name is the palanquin mounted on the elephant. The locks are embellished with engraving featuring wild animals in the their natural habitat, case hardened colour finish. The walnut pistol grip stock has two checkered sections to grant a firm, comfortable and stable grip, thanks to the counterweight butt plate. Similar with cased guns of the English tradition, the gun is also offered in a mahogany with accessories.” This Howdah looks to have been used very infrequently, if at all, outside of factory testing and shows only light scuffs on the metal surfaces. The right side of the right barrel has a small metal flaw under the finish. The bores are bright with no erosion, the stock has no damages to speak of. This historical recreation turned every single head in our shop and it will do so in your collection, with the included wood display case and muzzle loading accoutrements. The original factory cardboard box, paperwork and DVD are also included, making this a complete set. Please see our pictures and good luck!