Italian reproduction masters Davide Pedersoli & Co. have announced the release of a new “Alaskan” variant of their 45/.410 break-action Howdah pistol.
Imported through the Italian Firearms Group, the Alaskan Howdah threads the NFA needle with 6-groove rifled 10.25-inch barrels featuring lengthened 45 Colt chambers that can also accept 3-inch .410 shotshells. As a handgun (rather than a short-barreled shotgun), the Howdah can be purchased for $1,350 (MSRP).
With likely applications as a truck or snake gun, the original Howdah is a reproduction of the (in)famous Auto & Burglar pistol produced by Ithaca Company in the 1920s. That smooth-bored firearm was regulated into extinction by the National Firearms Act, but Howdah skirts those requirements with 1:48 right-hand twist rifled barrels. The Alaskan variant uses weather-resistant, hard-chromed metal components and rubber overmolded wood furniture.
The dual-trigger pistol is furnished with a ramp front sight and folding rear leaf sight. It measures 17.25 inches in overall length and weighs about 4 pounds.