Did you go to the Cabellas in East Hartford?
I live in Vermont, but called them yesterday to see what they had in stock, and was told "five in stock".
I ended up not going, but instead made a trip to my local gun shop, where I spotted an 1858 Pietta with 5.5" barrel. This one had checkered grips, a case-hardened frame (or chemical treatment...?) and a fluted cylinder!
They want $360. for it...which seems high, but it is a hard to find model.
Anyway, thanks for sharing your experiences with the Cabellas return policy and the trigger feel on those that you checked out.
When two of equal skill meet at swords' point, there is no conclusion to the match--Takuan Soho (written in 1629)