Sooner, any modern steel is stronger than the old wrought iron, My concern would be paying too high of a price for something that may or may not be genuine. If the bore is not rust pitted and the nipple and breech plug threads are in good condition and aren't going to go flying back at me, I'd shoot it.Neat little piece . I know nothing about fake or real and stamp marks but if the price was right I would buy it even if it was a Khyber Pass knock off . Not sure I would shoot it if it is . Heard to many stories about soft steel .
Thanks for your knowledgeSooner some of the modern Khyber fakes are pretty good and some of them are obviously fakes. But they've been making guns there for a long time, so the gun could be from the 19th or early 20th century. Just as our forebears did in America, they didn't toss a functional lock or barrel off of an older gun in the trash, they recycled them into another gun. That's why I said I wasn't sure if those parts grew old together. The lock is a converted flintlock and the barrel is a percussion barrel, so they obviously aren't original one to the other. Now when they were made into a pistol is something I can't tell from a picture on the web. Whether the patina is old patina or a modern forced patina would take hands on to tell for sure but it looks to be a forced patina in the pictures. that doesn't mean it fake either it could just mean somebody overly agressively cleaned it and someone else wanted to make it look old again. or perhaps someone used some naval jelly on it to remove the old patina and wiped it off too soon leaving those dark stripes on the lock plate and bolster instead of a clean surface. Here in the States an aggressive cleaning damages the value, over there, not as much.