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The Howdah Pistol is a sidearm featured in Battlefield 1. There are two versions of the pistol: Standard and Sweeper.
The Howdah Pistol has a higher effective rate of fire than the Gasser M1870, mostly because of the extremely long reload for that pistol. The Howdah Pistol fills the role of medium damage, medium rate-of-fire pistol for the Assault kit.
The Howdah Pistol Sweeper variant appears in both the singleplayer and multiplayer of Battlefield 1. It differs from the normal variant in that it essentially functions as a miniature shotgun due to its higher spread and circle aim sights. Visually the Sweeper's only slightly difference from its counterpart.
The Howdah Pistol Sweeper briefly appears in the singleplayer campaign chapter "The Runner" of the mission The Runner. It can be found outside a house below the castle in a weapon crate on the far western side of the map when heading to the palace to get the frontline report. It one of two only available sidearms in the mission and can be used to unlock the Drip Gun (Codex Entry).
The Standard variant appears in Multiplayer for the Assault kit.
The Sweeper variant was available in the Alpha trial of the game for the Assault kit. It was cut from the final version of the game for regular players to use, as it is one of two weapons relegated exclusively for use by DICE employees, the other being the C96 Export. However, it is usable in the game's Community Test Environment due to most of the weapons being unlocked.
- The Howdah Pistol has a special draw animation that plays at random, showing the player spinning the pistol vertically when drawing it.