Got this revolver yesterday and it's a hefty one. It is high quality and the folks at Dixie really go the extra mile to see that you get what you want. I took Dixie's advice and used the brass plunger that comes with it to separate the barrel from the cylinder by placing the plunger through the load shaft into the cylinder and lightly tapping. Works great! I'm looking forward to shooting at the range and plan on using .454 round ball. The birds head grip fits perfect in my hand and here again the checkering on it is top notch. Thanks Dixie.