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