This a picture of one of the hand guns that was very popluar with most of the shootest of the times 1880 or so. From what I have read they were pretty common place. In the early westerns they didn't take the abuse a colt army would so they weren't used much at all in the b westerns. They were pretty pricey also so the adverage cow poke wouldn't normal have one.
Still today they are pricey this one set me back 12 big one. But its what I wanted and the shop gave me extra time to pay for it. Its a whole different world in shooting it, the recoil is straight back so ya can get back on traget faster. And since its a break open unloading and reloading is much faster than with colt army type weapon.