Crunchy (and that IS one of the stranger screen names we have encountered here) the bit of rawhide around the barrel/ loading lever was what the original shooter did to keep the loading lever from flopping down, and jamming the cylinder.
And Enterprise (sorry- NC) that could be a decent deal- but IS a kit, and unblued- so WILL take some time, effort, skill. Still, could be a lot of fun.
and Stalker- agree that the Dragoon- or the 1860- would be a better choice. But Ranger Augustus McRae did a fine job on that uppity barkeep with the side of his Walker.... (Lonesome Dove for them as missed that)