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Lancaster 4-Barrel Howdah Pistol : A Brief (From FireArm Blog

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Lancaster 4-Barrel Howdah Pistol
The above pistol was made by Charles Lancaster of London and dates from the mid 19th century.  The pistol is chambered in .476 calibre centre fire, which possibly dates the pistol to the 1870s, and has four barrels which are fired in sequence by a rotating firing pin mechanism housed inside the pistol’s receiver.  Howdah pistols like this one, and those percussion pistols which preceded it, were extremely popular with British officers between the 1840s and the 1890s.  Typically they were large calibre pistols with two or more barrels.  The idea originated from the need for a large calibre defensive pistol for European hunters traveling in India - the word ‘Howdah' comes from the Hindi name of the platform which was mounted on an elephant's back during a hunt.  The early Howdah pistols were little more than sawn-off double barrel large calibre hunting rifles.

Cigarette card showing a Howdah during a Tiger Hunt (source)
However, Howdah pis…

Guns from First Indian Republic day

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A salute of 21 guns and the unfurling of the Indian National flag by Dr. Rajendra Prasad heralded the historic birth of the Indian Republic on January 26, 1950; 894 days after our country became a dominion following withdrawal of British Rule. Since then, every year the day is celebrated with great pride and happiness all over the nation.
The seeds of a republican nation were sowed at the Lahore session of the Indian National Congress at the midnight of 31st December 1929. The session was held under the presidency of Pt. Jawarhar Lal Nehru.

The Lahore Session paved way to the Civil Disobedience movement.

It was decided that January 26, 1930 would be observed as the Purna Swaraj (complete Independence) Day. Many Indian political parties and Indian revolutionaries from all over the country united to observe the day with honour and pride.
Source: http://www.ndtv.com/photos/news/republic-finally-famous-words-6693/slide/1

Maharana Pratap : Reasons Why Dheer Bai Bhatiyani Cannot Die by a Gun Shot

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Interesting... take on the Firearms usage in the popular TV Serial MAHARANA Pratap.

The latest promos of Maharana Pratap is giving a shock to everybody – Jagmal is seen carrying a gun, and pointing towards his Rani Maa Dheer Bai Bhatiyani. It is still not clear whether Bhatiyani dies or not in this incident, but in reality we are sure Dheer Bai Bhatiyani did not die by a gun shot.
Now, since Bhatiyani is a lesser known person of the past whose history is a big question mark, Maharana Pratap CVs have creative freedom to play with the character. However, Jagmal killing her with a gun is a deliberate creative blunder. We tell you how:
The first question is, “Did 16th century India have hand guns?”
The Evolution of Artillery in Medieval India happened after the Battle of Panipat where Babur introduced heavy weapons. These guns were so heavy that it was first mounted on a cart, and then blown with the help of two hands. Shatrunal, Zamburak, swivel guns and Shahin were the names. 

Swi…