Okay, when I was a little kid, I had a toy percussion pistol, double barrel, grip like a an old flintlock or Harpers Ferry percussion, but two hammers, great big muzzles. Plastic stock and metal handle. It used Greenie stick em caps for the bang, but it was a cool psitol even when I was out of caps. For the longest time I looked for something real, looking like that toy (which I realize now was probably in a house I sold back in 93). I never found a real gun looking quite like that, until this week when Navy Arms sent me their email ad and OMG, such Deja Vue when I saw their Howdah pistol.
That was it! The toy was so similar to the Howdah it could have been copied from it. It probably was of course, not the new Italian pistol of course, but some similar gun from that period.
Now my problem, doing research I realize that while the Navy Arms version is .50 caliber rifled, I learn that the same firm makes a 20 gauge smooth bore (sold elsewhere, a little cheaper than the NA version).
Financially my wallet says I can only buy one. So, my choice is .50 rifled, or .60 smoothbored. I am leaning to the 20 gauge (toying with adding a fiber optic sight and deeming it my new 'bump in the night' pistol.
What's your opinion of these things?