Custom Howdah Revolver



Over the last year or so I have spent as much time as possible with good friend Lee Jurras who was sick with cancer. Lee passed away about on April 24th. Before he died he asked me to bring out a couple of series. One was a Lee Jurras Memorial and the other was to bring back his Howdah pistols that he came out with in the late 1970s. We are in the process of doing that right now and details of both series are shown here on the front page. In case you are not familiar with the Howdah, it was a large caliber handgun the tiger hunters carried when riding in the hunting box on top of an elephant. Quite often the tiger would leap up on the elephant to get at the hunters and the Howdah was the close range thumper for that. Lee's Howdahs were single shot pistols in large calibers based on the Contender. If memory serves me there were 60 of them sold.


At the same time I also decided to bring out another version of the Howdah, this one being in a revolver. When we decided to do these series last fall I ordered 100 flattop medium size frames cast along with 100 of our stretch frames, both in blue. Our medium size frames are slightly bigger and beefier than the standard Ruger frame size. The stretch frame is the same size as the bigger frames we have built over the past 15 years. They are for the longer cartridges, 500 S&W, 460 S&W, 430 GNR, 411 GNR,375 GNR, 445 Super Mag etc.


We just finished the prototype of the new Howdah revolver that is chambered in the 430 GNR, which is the 460 S&W necked down to 44. It is a very powerful cartridge and good for anything on this planet. We plan on building 100 of these Howdah revolvers in the caliber the customer chooses. Each one is numbered, 1 thru 100. The customer gets to pick the caliber, the barrel length, the grips, the finish, the number of the gun and the serial number. Now here is the good part. Not all of these guns will be built on the stretch frame. Some will be built on the medium size frame. Those will be perfect for any of the smaller calibers up thru the 510 GNR or 500 Linebaugh, your choice. I am keeping the price reasonable so it is not out of reach of most shooters. The guns will be priced at $1995 each. I will also have a presentation case available should you want it. These are deluxe cases, handmade in Montana. The gun with the presentation case is $2595.  The presentation case is shown below. If you are interested in one of these custom revolvers, get with me as the low numbers will probably go quick. We are looking at 4 to 6 months delivery.  Here is the prototype of the Howdah in the stretch frame, chambered in 430 GNR. Also shown is the presentation case.