Indy 1919. yes, the shot barrel can remain caped and loaded while the cyl is totally off the rest of the gun. though in our over legated world I must add, this would require much caution. it could fire as a single, very short 20 guage. the nipple for the shot barrel is center in the frame and under the hammer. to fire it, there is a toggle in the hammer that is manually flipped to hit the shot barrel nippel. this was a feature the rebs were well aware of. also, spur trigger guards were common on mid 19th century pistols, a feature lemat incorporated. here's something to look up, lemat also made a carbine version and a pin fired model .