The CT Colt collection at the State Library is only 10 miles away from me. I haven't been there since I was a kid on a field trip, but I guess that I'll have to go and take a picture of this illusive legendary "missing link" prototype.
IIRC about 15 - 20 years ago, a bunch of guns were discovered to be missing from the museum's collections. One of the employees was hijacking & selling off the guns illegally. I don't believe they recovered them either, but they were probably guns that were being stored and not on display.
Hopefully I'll make it over there someday soon.
Meanwhile just try to relax for a bit and keep making lots of smoke!