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Double Barrel Caplock Pistol- $475

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          Talk about fun! Here is a mid 19th century double barrel pistol. The flat topped percussion locks are known as "bar locks" because of the shape. The blued locks are hand engraved. full view

          Here's a view from the bottom. The brass triggerguard is hand engraved. The screw that you can see in the diamond shaped inlay is to take the pistol apart for cleaning. It has a hooked breech design. bottom view

          Here it is from the business end. The smoothbore barrels are .62 caliber. muzzle view
          In case you were wondering why the "Howdah" type pistols were developed, it has to do with bog game hunting on the Indian subcontinent. The box a hunter rides in on the back of an elephant is called a howdah. When you shoot at tigers, it annoys them and they will sometimes counterattack, jumping right into the howdah and ruining your day. A back up weapon like a pistol is desirable and a two shot pistol is even more desirable. Watch this tiger to see how an angry tiger can jump into your lap faster than you can reload your muzzleloading era hunting rifle. If the image doesn't work in your browser, click on it. To see an original howdah pistol and an original .75 caliber big game rifle from our reference collection, click here. tiger attack