I bought this at a gun show recently and got it for a defensive weapon for my truck.. I'm not planning to have this out at the range, and since it is black powder, I don't think they 'll let me, anyway. I took it to 2 gun shops to have them look it over and it seems to be a usable weapon. I found a source for black powder ammo, and it uses .44 Russian which was a popular ammunition choice back in the day. If anyone would like to chime in about it, feel free.