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a Howdah pistol is a double barrel large bore muzzle loading blackpowder pistol, usually in .50, .58 or 20 gauge caliber. I found Cabela’s selling a 20 gauge Howdah, I’m just wondering how cool would it be to dual wield two of those in Home Defense use? 4 loads of 20 gauge at your finger tips.
also, anyone know where I might be able to find a 20 gauge howdah for less? and what’s the recoil like to shoot a 20 gauge howdah? are there 12 gauge howdah pistols?

*note: these are antique pistols, they are not the same as a modern shot caliber handgun, like the Serbu Super Shorty. blackpowder loads are considerably weaker than modern smokeless loads.
toad: hey! some guns are just fun to shoot. there are a few guns I buy just because they are fun to shoot. or cool to have.
I’m not afraid of recoil either. I’ve shot some pretty heavy recoiling “toys” like the Serbu Super Shorty, I doubt a 20 gauge blackpowder pistol can even come close to a Serbu in terms of recoil.
its just that recoil is in handguns really messes up my aim. I develop flinching and some degree of trigger mashing. I was just fantasizing how cool it’ll be to have two 20 gauge howdah pistols lying around to use instead.

Before learning that there are real double barrel large bore pistols, I’ve always just assumed there were another invention of the movies for pirate flicks or something. Didn’t think there those were for real. I haven’t wandered into black powder guns yet. don’t really know much about them either.

xscout: using airsoft BBs- I made a couple dozen shells for my 20 gauge shotgun that uses .12 gram airsoft BBs. non lethal but real nasty. I’ve also fou

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    Cane Toad Mutiny
    July 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Kid, defense pistols, or defense weapons in general are not measured by how “cool” they are. Having owned several howda pistols I can tell you from first hand experience that children whose only experience with weapons is from a video game would not be able to handle the recoil. You should stick to shooting bad guys with your controller.

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    July 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I don’t have howdah pistol, but I do have a double barrel percussion 12 gauge. Yes, it would be lethal with a load of buckshot, but after two shots you aren’t going to have time to reload. I also have a few cap and ball revolvers including a Colt Dragoon reproduction. That gun can handle a 50 grain powder charge behind a .454″ roundball (the bore is .44 caliber.) It’s pretty potent, but it’s nowhere near as reliable as a centerfire revolver. The cap and ball revolvers are a lot of fun to shoot, and personally, I think they are pretty cool, but I wouldn’t use one for self-defense when something more modern is available.

    Black powder handguns are a lot easier to get, and in most states you can buy them without a background check. Part of the reason that I have them is that there is no paper trail and I don’t trust the government entirely. A howdah pistol would be a lot easier to purchase than an SBS, but I have no doubt that it would be lethal.

    I wouldn’t leave a black powder gun loaded indefinitely either. I have left a .36 caliber revolver loaded for about 2 months just to see if it would fire, and it did fire without any problems. There’s a big difference, in my opinion though, between leaving one loaded to see what will happen at the range than leaving one loaded as a home defense gun. I left the loaded gun, uncapped (technically, it’s not considered loaded unless it’s capped) in a desk drawer during this experiment. I definitely would not trust one that was carried out of and back into the house regularly with the chambers loaded.

    I haven’t seen any howdah pistols in 12 gauge, but for what it’s worth since it’s a muzzle loader you could load a 20 gauge powder charge and a twelve gauge shot load. I would use shot smaller than 00 buckshot though even #4 buckshot at close range would be devastating. I typically use 4 shot in my 12 gauge for turkey hunting and 5 shot for everything else. I load it with a little more shot than powder by volume, just to get a few more pellets in the pattern. Buckshot is pretty effective on targets from the 12 gauge too. I tried loads from 80 – 100 grains of FFg black powder and Pyrodex R behind 9 – 18 pellets of 00 buckshot. Unlike reloading a shotgun shell, your shot charge is not restricted by the length of a shell’s hull or the capacity of a wad.

    Another load I tried just for playing around was a handful of the heaviest airsoft pellets I could find over 40 grains of FFFg black powder. I wonder if any of the airsoft shooters here would let me join their wargames with my airsoft BB toy. The load of airsoft BBs shredded four layers of thick corrugated cardboard at 20 yards of so.

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    July 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    You must have a home near Zigfried & Roy and their tigers……

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    July 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    humm….I’d rather have both my hands on an 18″ barreled pump action 12 gauge for home defense.

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    July 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I’m not sure where “xscout” lives,but here in Fla. It’s not good to leave a charged black powder gun. The air is damp in the summer and on one occasion had powder fail in a “sealed” container. I would advise against the use of black powder guns simply on a reliability standpoint. The pistols you’re talking about would more than adequately do the job,IF they fired. No,I will have to vote down on Howdah pistols for SD!

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    July 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

    It would be wicked cool in HALO or WOW but in real life, not so much

    The problem with shooting at people is that they sometimes shoot back
    When you miss with that fancy gun on the first shot the BG will empty his crappy RG or Hi Point into you before you can recover from the recoil

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