Howdy there. I am very new to Cap and Ball shooting and could use some information. I have a pair of cabelas "51's" in 44 caliber with the brass frames. I am aware that they are not period correct in anyway, but so far they are fun to shoot. I had no idea that they would be this fun. That being said, I would like to upgrade to the real deal at some point. Now I know all about the Italian guns, but I only just became aware of the Colt 2nd generation guns (and 3rd?). What I would like to know is what models or versions would be a good gun to own and shoot? It won't be for any kind of collection, but rather to shoot as much as possible. Or are they way too valuable and should I stick with the Italians? I am of the mind that it's not worth owning a gun that I can't shoot, so any help folks can provide would be great. I'm looking forward to this new adventure.