overall it looks in pretty good condition. A tad of rust and the bluing is a little faded.
First question is: 1) I don't suppose I have the at home tool box means to take the old cylinder off and put the new cylinder on and, by chance, have the bolt be a perfect fit for all six slots? (my Jerry Kuhnhousen books indicates "no" I need a special wrench and know-how to line up the ejector star)
My second and main question is: 2) Is there a way for me to know just how old or what year this cylinder is made? or more to the point, is it made before the 1930ish date that was rated for .38-44 Hi-Speed? It has a five point star stamped on the front of the cylinder and a number "8" Does that tell anyone anything?
How does it look to y'all? the only real working I see on it is in one of the bolt slots that looks to be a little wider