I finally - finally - got to take possession of my Uberti New Model Russian top-break revolver yesterday. Here she is (click to enlarge; click twice to really enlarge):
This is a reproduction of the modified S&W Schofield top-break that was sold to the Imperial Russian Army in the 1870s (with some modern tweaks - notably an extractor that pulls the bullets out when you break the gun open - like so:
The purchase of this gun has been an agony of waiting. I ordered it at the same time that I ordered a Ruger .40 caliber pistol. The top-break was back-ordered, and it was supposed to take about a month to come in; however, it came in earlier than expected, and when I got a call from the gun shop, I headed down to pick it up - completely forgetting that, since I had taken possession of the Ruger two weeks previously, I couldn't take the Uberti home for at least another two weeks. I had run afoul of Virginia's 30-day rule: you can only buy one hand gun a month (unless you have a concealed-carry permit, which I don't, but certainly intend to get now). I went down to Virginia Arms last weekend to get the Uberti - the requisite time having elapsed - but the background check, once again, was taking forever, so I made arrangements to pick up the revolver yesterday.
And now, at last, I have it! It's an elegant weapon and a fine piece of craftsmanship. It's chambered for the .44 Russian caliber, a low velocity "cowboy" load which gave me some pause, at first, because I was wondering about the general availability of this offbeat load; however, the ever-trusty Sportsman's Guide has the ammo in stock, so I've ordered a healthy supply.
Can't wait to take this one - and my Stoeger coach gun - down to North Carolina the next time I visit Ma Paco, and start makin' some serious noise out on her homemade firing range.