Howdah Pistol - Normally, a break-open, double-barrel, side-by-side handgun of large calibre, (often the very short .577 Boxer, above) used by a maharaja when hunting tiger on the back of an elephant (in the howdah---the basket compartment in which he rides). The howdah pistol is the weapon of last resort in case the possibly-wounded tiger tries to join him in the howdah, as in the drawing below.
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