Sweet! I went out to NRA's national headquarters here in Fairfax this morning (only a few miles from my house; one of the few upsides to living so near to D.C.). I had planned - finally! - on firing my Uberti Russian .44 top-break. Unfortunately, since today is a holiday, the place was extremely crowded, so I didn't get to do any shooting. I did take the test administered to all first-time range users, and I got my range card. Plus, I noticed that there's a Virginia concealed-carry class week after next, so I signed up for that. Down the road a piece, I plan on getting my Utah concealed-carry permit, which is good in something like 33 states.
On a gun-related note, I'd be grateful for any information concerning where I might find a holster for the Uberti New Model Russian (shown here). I know a couple of places that make holsters for the regular Schofield top-breaks, but haven't found anyplace that specifically manufactures a holster for the Russian (the Russian is a modified Schofield, with a somewhat different grip, and a trigger-guard spur which, although interesting, seems pretty useless, and makes finding a suitable holster difficult; here is the page at Uberti that shows the differences in design between the regular Schofields and the Russian).