howdah pistol opinions

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Fskip, Nov 25, 2013.

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  1. Fskip

    Fskip New Member

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    Hey guys,

    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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  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Any markings? Proof marks, maker's name on locks?

    FWIW, most howdah pistols were rifled (this one looks to be)
     
  5. orangello

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    Very cool firearm. I'd like to see what that would do to a bear's guts at close range. :D
     
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  6. G30USMC

    G30USMC Active Member Supporter

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    Very nice, and welcome to the forum !
     
  7. Fskip

    Fskip New Member

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    What does rifled mean?

    And thanks for al the welcome messages!

    Edit afaik no markings on the pistol
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  9. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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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.
    Thanks for the pictures and welcome to the Forum.

    03
     
  10. Fskip

    Fskip New Member

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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!
     
  11. bigjim

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    Very nice gun. It looks in too good a condition to be an original, most likely a kit gun that someone did a very nice job on. See if you can find any mfg marking on it to verify it's origin.

    $600.00 seems a little high to me, but what do I know.

    Good luck.
    Jim
     
  12. Hawg

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    600 sounds like a lot too much to me.
     
  13. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I noticed that too. I also saw a used one for sale at my local Cabelas. They were asking $600 if I remember correctly. I think it is still there. It has been there a long time...like 6 months.
     
  14. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The one in fskip's pictures looks much nicer.
     
  15. orangello

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    :confused: Must have gone on sale, or I looked at the regular price instead of the price in effect.

    It does look much more solid. It doesn't have the cool attached ramrod, though.
     
  16. DrumJunkie

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    The link shows a reg price of 749 with a sale price of 649.;)

    The ops sure didn't look like a repro though.
     
  17. Fskip

    Fskip New Member

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    Haven't got it yet guys, I got a cold the other day so picking it up this weekend.
     
  18. bjsgear

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    i sold one of these last year for $300, antique, so it sold easy !no p.a.l. needed
     
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