This is supposed to be a .32 caliber Revolver from 1832, that the old man traded a saddle for, in 1936. According to him the pistol is a Stevens .32 caliber.
My question: Is the gun authentic, and how do you load it? Would this be what was called a boot gun, during the civil war?
It looks to me like a percussion cap slot on the back of the cylinder, which makes me think it is a muzzle loader, but the piece is to old for me to try to break it down. If I broke something on it, it would be worth a lot of money, and I would feel pretty bad about that. What can you guys tell me about it.