In some instances . . . that's called "antiquating" a revolver . . . in others, it's considered "browning" . . . from your description, it certainly had "character".
How were the other guns he was shooting? Did they also look like he was taking "good care" of them as well?
If a pair of '51 Navies were good enough for Billy Hickok, then a single Navy on my right hip is good enough for me . . . besides . . . I'm probably only half as good as he was anyways. Hiram's Rangers Badge #63