Doc Holliday Old West 1881 Street Howitzer
One of the most iconic western guns is Doc Holliday’s 1881 Street Howitzer. This 10-gauge Meteor, shortened version of a coach gun was designed and constructed in Belgium. Its owner was the notorious John Henry “Doc” Holliday, the American gambler, dentist, gunfighter and good friend of Wyatt Earp. He is mostly remembered for his influence as a deputy marshal in the events related to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Experts claim that Doc Holliday was the one who nicknamed its favorite gun- the “Street Howitzer”. This was a very powerful and effective weapon, very practical and easy to use which fired with un-matching force from the foot-long break open barrel.
Holliday is worldwide known for his daring life as a gambler and gunman. One of the most famous western stories in the American history is the shoot-out at the OK Corral where Doc Holliday carried its iconic 1881 Street Howitzer. It was then when the gun became famous, when this 12 inch barrel firearm with an overall length of 21 ½ inches made it in the history pages. Now, collectors from all around the world dream of owning a replica of the Old Western 1881 Street Howitzer. Also, countless westerns movies and TV shows depict the story of Holliday and its fierce gun.
There are many manufacturers that sell replicas of the 1881 Street Howitzer. All of them are exact reproduction of the original firearm. The distinctive thing about this imitation weapon is that it is non-firing. It cannot be made to fire real ammunition. Also, not everyone can buy such a replica. The worldwide restriction is that you must be 18 years of age or older to buy one. There are other regulations that apply to certain areas or countries. For instance, in California and Kansas you cannot buy a replica firearm without purchasing a presentation box or frame for it.
The prices for Doc Holliday’s 1881 Street Howitzer replicas usually start at $90 and these are 22 1/8” overall and feature a 13″ double break open barrel. Of course, every good quality imitation should feature a functioning hammer and trigger action. One of the most beautiful aesthetic details of this gun is the black finish barrel with rosewood stock that complements its look stunningly.
The 1881 Street Howitzer is actually a cut-down version of the famous Coach Gun that has been one of the most popular models among Wild West barkeepers. Still, its real popularity skyrocketed when Doc Holliday, one of the most representative Western figures carried one to the gunfight at the OK Corral.
This rifle is very easy to use and practical. It is the ideal companion for any lawmen or guns aficionado. Even if times have changed and gunfights are not your everyday social event, there are still numerous men who are fascinated by the looks and power of a well-constructed firearm. For those men, a good quality 1881 Street Howitzer replica gun is a priceless item in their collection set.