The Howdah is similar to the Ithaca Auto & Burglar model made from 1922 to 1933. The action was stiff to open, but started to loosen up after use. There was minimal recoil. Practicality is not the Howdah’s strong suit, but it is a fun gun to shoot and could be used for self defense.
The original Howdah was a large-caliber pistol used to track wounded tigers in India during the days of the Raj. Taylor’s calls this pistol a Howdah, but it is more like an Ithaca Auto & Burglar model made from 1922 to 1933