Pedersoli 45/.410 “Howdah” Pistol Shotgun – SHOT Show 2017

Italian Firearms Group

A few pieces of firearm history bear little resemblance in the modern world. One of them was the Ithaca Auto & Burglar Gun. It was what we would call today a “sawed off shotgun,” though it was made short on purpose, not actually cut off. Smooth-bored, the Ithaca Auto & Burglar Gun pretty much disappeared after the National Firearms Act of 1934, when the government imposed a $200 tax on short shotguns. Later the tax was reduced to $5, but people back then weren’t into registering trusts and buying NFA weapons with them, like many do today.

This new gun from Pedersoli, called the Howdah, is an almost exact looking replica of that gun, but the barrels are of course rifled, to comply with those same NFA regulations. It has a 3″ chamber, to accommodate magnum .410 shells, and it will also shoot .45 Colt.

With a street price of $1,300, and a very limited production, this is not a alternative CCW gun. But if you are a student of gun history and you want something that none of your friends have, the Howdah is a nicely crafted pistol that looks and feels like a high end round body .410 shotgun, and that is an NFA legal short shotgun.

Also in this video are the new race ready 1873 Colt Peacemakers from Pedersoli. Also going for just north of $1,300, they are being imported as parts in the white, and then finished and tuned here in the US.

To pick up a Howdah, or figure out when you can get a pair of 73s, contact your local dealer and have them order one from the Italian Firearms Group. 800-450-1852

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  • slick willy February 1, 2017, 9:19 pm

    Good Lord, thanks GunsAmerica — every damn thing they’ve sent me about Shot Show features some way overpriced novelty gun, or other overpriced piece. Keep it.

  • DAVID r. hINKLEY February 1, 2017, 4:05 pm


  • BrianNH January 26, 2017, 11:11 pm

    $1300 for a maybe $300 shotgun? Seriously? You could buy several Judges for the price. If you’re going to spend $1300 on this, might as well pony up for the real thing. At least then you’ll have something that will retain its value.

    • Bill July 20, 2017, 8:51 am

      The last Auto and Burglar I found is $4900.

  • Bisley January 26, 2017, 11:54 am

    This pistol, though expensive, is sort of cool, and might be useful with barrels (maybe interchangeable) dedicated to one cartridge, or another. Trying to shoot underpowered shotshells (20 Ga would be more practical) through a half-rifled barrel, or pistol cartridges out of a chamber far too long, and an improperly rifled barrel, destroys the usefulness of either.

    This is another reason the National Firearms Act needs to be repealed. The restrictions on short-barreled rifles and shotguns, silencers, etc. were nonsense from the beginning, and if full-autos must be registered or controlled, it should be in a much less restrictive manner. If the NRA was any good, they’d be working toward getting rid of some of the useless and unconstitutional existing laws, rather than cutting deals on new ones.

    • BillyBob January 26, 2017, 12:44 pm

      Amen ! 8+ month wait time ! 2 month dealer to dealer ! Wait time over a month stinks ! NICS check & Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) take less than a hour to do ! YET THEY HAVE TIME AND AGENTS FOR CRAP LIKE THIS !
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  • roger January 26, 2017, 11:28 am

    Leinad Double Barrel Derringer 45/410 $150.

    • Bill July 20, 2017, 8:54 am

      If you think there is any comparison between the Howdah and the Leinad POS, you just don’t get it.

  • Brian January 26, 2017, 10:22 am

    And the reasons to dump NFA ’34 just keep stacking up…

  • charlie January 26, 2017, 10:04 am

    If you like it. Buy it. If not then keep your stupid opinion to yourself. Open your mouth and prove that you are an A** . (ToddB) That will show how informed you are about firearms.There are guns for every person . Some we all like others we do not care to own. Please do not sour those you do not like for the rest of the shooters.

  • Earl January 26, 2017, 9:53 am

    I’ve been a collector of antique and vintage firearms since the late 60’s and thought the REAL original 20 ga. was impressive years ago . This is a very cool thing , but but once again I will never own one …… sad . The price is outrageous .

    • Torn January 26, 2017, 4:55 pm

      Was fortunate to be able to shoot one of the original Home,Auto, and Burglar guns, (legally by the way).Actually it was kind of a handfull! Our Department had one left in our Armory from some long a go Sherriff,

  • Allen Lawson January 26, 2017, 9:29 am

    A fool and his money are soon departed . Put the price at the beginning of the article and it wouldn’t be read by many.

    • bison1913 January 26, 2017, 12:08 pm

      Only those without it make that comment.

      • Fred Hutchinson January 26, 2017, 12:32 pm

        Bond Arms builds a OU 410/45LC and they are easy to carry and get at when needed.

  • Rick January 26, 2017, 9:26 am

    Didn’t Lee Jurras build this about 30+ years ago?
    example –

  • ToddB January 26, 2017, 9:24 am

    So $1200 for a piece of junk? The 410/45colt fad has gone way to far. The one I made the mistake of buying one, was worthless as a 45 colt, and worthless as a 410. The long chamber jump ruined any accuracy with a 45 colt. and the rifling ruined it as a shotgun. Then you go in the store and Taurus now sells a long barreled ‘target’ version. Probably more accurate to throw the colts at the target. But we know there will be people line up to buy one of this ‘limited’ series. Maybe they know it would never sell on a wide scale.

    • Alan January 26, 2017, 10:19 am

      The .45LC is my favorite cartridge.
      And the bitch of it is, Taurus dropped their 5 shot Tracker 460 Titanium, a very practical handgun for backpacking and hiking, for that FUGLY POS Judge!
      IMO, the .45lc/.410 is only useful in a derringer. As a last ditch self defense tool.

    • BillyBob January 26, 2017, 12:01 pm

      Colt said that in making the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, it hopes the process will allow it to quickly sell its business operations in the U.S and Canada. A firm, Sciens Capital Management, plans to buy virtually all of Colt\’s assets.\”The plan we are announcing and have filed today will allow Colt to restructure its balance sheet while meeting all of its obligations to customers, vendors, suppliers and employees and providing for maximum continuity in the Company\’s current and future business operations,\” said Keith Maib, Chief Restructuring Officer of Colt Defense, in a statement.

    • BillyBob January 26, 2017, 12:29 pm

      There\’s a sucker born every minute\” is a phrase closely associated with P. T. Barnum, an American showman of the mid-19th century, Sad thing is that they get MAD when you try to help them from being a sucker !

  • Ken W. January 26, 2017, 7:50 am

    You can see the interviewer thought it was way over priced as well. It’s a shame that company’s feel that they have to charge such obscene amounts for things like this. I’d love to have one of those Howdah’s but it would have to be less than half of what they want for me to even consider it.

  • JOHN RODGERS January 26, 2017, 7:49 am

    Howdah looks pretty nice

  • Ryan January 26, 2017, 7:43 am

    Catch me outside, how bow dah? First thing i thought.

  • BillyBob January 26, 2017, 7:38 am

    Dang that thing cost more than my Surbu & Factory Remington 14\” combined ! At lease you don\’t have to WAIT 8+ Fing months to be approved to take it home !

  • Pete January 26, 2017, 5:46 am

    As I recall, the Ithaca was a 20 gauge.

    • srsquidizen January 26, 2017, 7:51 am

      Pedersoli does offer a 20-gauge Howdah but the only one I’ve seen is a muzzle loader which would make it NFA-exempt. Lots of 45/410 handguns out there but not in bigger gauges. Just the recoil of a truly “carry-size” 12- or even 20-gauge pistol would be enough to limit their market potential, but there must be a legal reason you don’t see them.

      • todd January 26, 2017, 10:16 am

        45/410 is legal because it’s rifled for .45. it’s a 45 handgun that just happens to accept a shotgun shell. there is no equivalent pistol cartridge for 12ga or 20 ga. so there aren’t any legal pistols that can also fire 12 or 20ga w/o a $200 NFA tax stamp

        • BillyBob January 26, 2017, 11:47 am

          Pro Series DVTS 12ga BLACK ACES PISTOL ! Yep I don\’t see how, BUT THEY GOT ATF APPROVAL ?
          Magazine fed – side folding arm rest – even has a 45 degree front handle !

        • srsquidizen January 27, 2017, 7:03 am

          You might be right but a .45 Colt cartridge sure doesn’t need a 3-inch chamber, so guns like the Taurus Judge are very deliberately designed to shoot .410 shells–it isn’t just a coincidence. I suspect there’s something more specific in all the legal gobbledygook of NFA and related gun oppression laws that prohibits large-gauge handguns.

  • Lloyd Dumas January 26, 2017, 5:04 am

    I love the look of flame hardened steel, but at that price I do not think many of my poor friends will have one of these. I can’t afford one either.

    • Junior Soto January 26, 2017, 6:52 am

      My first thought was “How dah F#*K am I going to afford this”? jejejeje

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