Back in the prohibition days, it was not uncommon for a household to keep a double barrel 20 gauge in pistol form at the ready for burglars. If you remember the movie “The Untouchables”, Sean Connery famously wielded the gun while saying the “knife to a gun fight” line before being mowed down by a Thompson Machine Gun. If you don’t recall the scene… that’s what I’m here for:
Well, the 1934 NFA (National Firearms Act) put an end to all that double barrel goodness, and sexiness. Shotguns must have at least an 18 inch barrel, and be over 26 inches overall length, according to the ATF. While you can file a $200 dollar tax stamp for a sawed off shotgun, or a $5 stamp for an Any Other Weapon, and wait for 9-12 months for approval from the King to own such an item, you could, instead, purchase a Perdesoli 410/45 Colt Howdah version of the gun Sean Connery was waiving around. If you’re wondering what an AOW shotgun is, the explanation can be found at this link. https://www.thefirearmblog….
Meanwhile, let’s say you want to avoid all that NFA paperwork, and want to get some double barrel, short barrel love. Well as I have mentioned, the Italian maker Pedersoli released the 410/45 Colt Howdah a couple years back. Retailing at $1425 at the time, and a beautiful work of art in my opinion. You can skip all the tax stamps, and paperwork because it shoots 410 shotgun shells, and has rifled barrels for 45 Colt.
What a gorgeous gun. But you’re a practical guy/gal, and you want working guns. 45 Colt, loaded correctly, will take down medium to large sized predators. And the 410 would be great to nail a cotton tail, or quail up close if they cross your path. 410 is great snake medicine as well. But,you say you don’t want to take all that beautiful bluing , and rich walnut out in the elements. Well, fortunately for you, Pedersoli thought of that as well. They are introducing the Alaska version of the Howdah in the same chambering. Instead of bluing and walnut, you get stainless steel and over molded rubber.
For a full introduction, and more pictures, you can visit this link. https://www.guns.com/news/2…
Enjoy, and don’t forget to bring it along to your next knife fight???