Your time frame covers from flintlock up to easly semi autos. Rather ambitious- you may want to scale that back a touch.
As the man said, look at shotguns and rifles- singles and doubles. Are you looking at explorers? Homesteaders? Cattlemen?
The revolver gets a lot of attention. The Plains rifle and the double barrelled 10 g got a lot of use. Take a hard look at Spencer rifles, and Henrys.
Colt had a lot of attention. Remington had a lot of guns. Look into Allen, Allen & Wheelock, Hopkins & Allen, Forehand & Wadsworth, etc.
PS- go over to Amazon, and look for 4 books by K.D. Kirkland. One each for Remington, Colt, Winchester and Browning. You can find them DIRT cheap. Will cover PART of the period you are seeking (hint- anybody looking for a good Christmas present for a gun nut...)
What we have here is... failure- to communicate.
Last edited by c3shooter; 09-05-2012 at 12:55 PM.