thanks hossfly. they have a great selection of parts there. the carrier rocker is out of stock at numrich but i did find one at wisners.
i ran the serial and it was manufactured in 1893. i was tinkering with it this morning and found out by inspecting the firing pin that it's actually a .22. happy day! at least ammo won't be hard to come by or expensive. i figure i probably don't want to shoot hyper velocity rounds through this gun?
i've been searching the web for a decent teardown walk through and have come up empty. i'm not scared to take something apart and put it back together, but i'm not sure of any caveats of this gun that i might need to be aware of and don't want to make more work for myself than necessary.