Whilst banging around the Internet researching something completely different, I stumbled cross the homepage of the A. Uberti company.
Uberti has dug out quite a niche for themselves making firearms for the Cowboy Action shooters, and I was browsing their single-action revolver section -- with my .41 Special project in mind -- when I discovered this.
Scroll down to the No. 3, 2nd Model with the 3 1/2-inch barrel.
It can be had in .44-40. A snubnose, top-break .44-40.
Is that not just the neatest thing you've ever seen?
One of these pistols riding in a skeleton shoulder rig and a gentleman of the Belle Époque would be set to ride the Orient Express to Istanbul, travel up the Nile, or dine with the Viceroy of India.
So many toys, so little money.