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Old 11-25-2013, 06:30 AM   #1
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New to this forum but have been reading for quite a while.
I got offered this howdah gun and am going to take a look at it tomorrow.
Any opinions on the gun? Is it a genuine howdah? It looks good to me
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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It looks neat.
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Very cool. Is that a round ball gun? Or is it supposed to shoot lead shot? Just looking at the end of the barrels I was guessing shot.
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Any markings? Proof marks, maker's name on locks?

FWIW, most howdah pistols were rifled (this one looks to be)
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Very cool firearm. I'd like to see what that would do to a bear's guts at close range.
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Very nice, and welcome to the forum !
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Any markings? Proof marks, maker's name on locks?

FWIW, most howdah pistols were rifled (this one looks to be)
What does rifled mean?

And thanks for al the welcome messages!

Edit afaik no markings on the pistol
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It means that the barrels have rifling, as opposed to smoothbores. Question was asked are these meant for ball or shot- most fired BIG lead bullets.
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Fskip,

Riflings are land and grooves within the bore. Otherwise ridges and valleys to make it real simple. First clean the barrels with a good brass brush and then solvent and a patch. They get a bright flashlight and look down in the barrels. You will see the riflings slowly twist toward the muzzle of the pistol. The riflings cause the ball to rotate as it travels out of the barrem. This stabilizes the ball in flight toward the target and increases accuracy. A smooth bore black powder gun does not have any riflings. As C-3 stated your pistol looks like it has riflings as you view the muzzle. Man that is a nice piece! I would also like to know the history, age and the particulars on the manufacturer, value and etc.
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Riflings are land and grooves within the bore. Otherwise ridges and valleys to make it real simple. First clean the barrels with a good brass brush and then solvent and a patch. They get a bright flashlight and look down in the barrels. You will see the riflings slowly twist toward the muzzle of the pistol. The riflings cause the ball to rotate as it travels out of the barrem. This stabilizes the ball in flight toward the target and increases accuracy. A smooth bore black powder gun does not have any riflings. As C-3 stated your pistol looks like it has riflings as you view the muzzle. Man that is a nice piece! I would also like to know the history, age and the particulars on the manufacturer, value and etc.
Thanks for the pictures and welcome to the Forum.

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Thanks! I knew that but didn't knew it was called like that in English (English isn't my native language. So if I make uncorrect sentences, then you'll know why.)

I'm picking up the gun tonight for $600. So more info later!
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