"The heavy lead slugs fired by the Howdah pistols were very powerful and considered to be just the thing for either a charging tiger or a charging native at close range."
Uhhhh... What? --Jackbel 10:41, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
In the 19th century England's empire spanned the world and they frequently found themselves fighting various tribes such as the Zulus and the Mahdist Army in the Sudan not to mention Afghanistan, India, Burma ect. The 36 caliber ball shot by the Colt Navy revolver was found to lack stopping power. Especially at close range whne used against a determined warrior running at one full tilt. The big heavy slug from the Howdah pistol packed a hell of a wallop at close range. British officers were expected to command their men in combat - not engage in actual hands on fighting. They were equipped with swords and pistols or revolvers. If they were in a situation where they were having to actually fight something had gone terribly wrong and it was at close range. --Jcordell 17:20, 18 February 2011 (UTC)