The Remington 1858 New Army was the first cap lock I owned. The legends say it was more accurate and durable than it's colt counterparts due to the top strap. The principle was sound but the practice has it's difficulties. I wanted to blame my pistol on the bad sights because I really like the pistol but mine sadly is just not accurate. I've shot several others that displayed much better accuracy than mine. I wish I can remember the source, but I was once told that these revolvers could be as much as a foot off from the factory. Despite my revolvers less than reliable accuracy it's only other problem is that after 12 shots or so the cylinder gums up with fouling. It gets stiff and near impossibly to thumb the hammer back cause the cylinder won't turn. This requires you to take the cylinder out so you can clean and oil the cylinder pin. Though with the Remington?s it's not such a hard task. The weapon is also a little back heavy, making it closer to the feel of modern revolvers for those looking for the old west with a more familiar feel. As for some of this old revolvers good side, The cylinder comes out quick and easy allowing you to just insert another loaded one and you are ready for round two. The frame is solid and thick all over and the barrel is solid to the frames with a long set of tight machine threads. It won't scoff at you if you drop it which makes it good for getting those tricks down pat. The actions is smooth and it's rate of miss fires is low. As long as you load it right it'll go off every time. With the addition of some target sights you might even get a few game animals out of it. I'm not getting rid of mine any time soon. If you plan to buy a cap lock I advise you look up more information about them since they have very different considerations and a few extra safety rules than cartridge weapons.