Originally Posted by b.goforth
the round barrel of the first model american bull dog revolvers are for all models except for the extra large frame 44 webley/44 bulldog models. all the short barrel of this caliber seem to be octagon
all the first models will have the eagle grips (which there are two version of) while the extra large frame 44's and large frame 38's second models use the dog's head grips the medium frame 32 and small frame 22 most still used the eagle grips.
Bill, those I believe are earliest 2-1/2" extra large frame .44s also have round barrels, photo attached of one I presently own.
And there are first models with red marbled eagle grips, as on gun #2 in attached old inventory photo of guns once owned, all .44 Webley caliber.
#3 is identical to #2 except plain checkered grips without eagle.
#4 and #5 are 2nd models IJs.
#7 and #8 are H&R's American Double Action model.
#9 is the scarce I. J. British Bulldog, that shares some parts with the first model ABD.
#10 is a first model I.J. with variant marking British Bulldog and smooth rosewood grips.
#11 is a Forehand & Wadsworth British Bull-Dog.