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