Pedersoli Howdah 45/410 Double Barrel Pistol

Hrachya H
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Italian firearms manufacturer Davide Pedersoli has launched their new version of Howdah pistol chambered in .45 LC / .410 bore. The gun was initially introduced in SHOT Show 2016.

Howdah 45/410 is a reproduction of Ithaca Auto & Burglar, which was manufactured in the 1920s. The difference from Ithaca is that instead of being chambered in 20 gauge or 28 gauge, Howdah has rifled barrels and is chambered in .45 Long Colt and .410 bore (3″ shells). The caliber choice and rifled barrels legally qualify it as a handgun in the USA and make it much easier to obtain.

The Howdah 45/410 is basically a double barrel, break open, hammerless pistol. In the pictures, it is the preproduction model and the final version will feature dual triggers. The barrels are rifled with six groove right-hand rifling and have 1:48 twist rate. Barrels’ length is 10.25″. The front sight is ramp mounted and the rear leaf sight is folding.

The gun is imported to USA by Italian Firearms Group. They’ve even launched a separate website dedicated to Howdah 45/410. Reportedly, it will be available in US market by the end of the current month (November 2016). First shipments have already arrived into the USA, and are ready to hit the shelves. MSRP is not stated yet.

Here is a video showing the gun:

I don’t see any really practical role for this firearm. Almost any use I can imagine for it can be accomplished much better with a number of other guns. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful gun !


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Hrachya H
Hrachya H

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  • Maodeedee Maodeedee on Nov 15, 2016

    I'd rather see it in the original 28 gauge. Brennake makes a 5/8 ounce rifled slug load that would work well in a shallow rifled barrel (Just enough to be legal) and the 28 gauge is a lot more effective than a .410 for aerial targets.

    At one point Taurus was going to offer a version of the judge in 28 gauge in a larger framed revolver and they had worked out the rifling issue but the ATF, after first approving it, changed their mind's and decided against it for reasons known only to the ATF.

    The 28 gauge is everything the 410 should be, especially if someone would chamber it in a small-framed gun, and is the shotgunning world's best kept secret.

  • MichaelZWilliamson MichaelZWilliamson on Nov 25, 2016

    Why didn't they just make it in .45 Colt or .44 Magnum and not waste time on .410?