Just found your forum while researching the following.....
Victor American Gun Co New York stamped haphazardly
12 <> then a diamond shape like this turned 90 degrees with a dot in the middle of it.
408 On the trigger gaurd
It is a single shot breach loader. I understand take it to smith to make sure it's safe but would like to break it down for cleaning etc....I am a basic mechanical genius but at the same time I don't want to be surprised for the need of a specialty tool, and so the questions...
Is it advisable for a lay person to break one down?
Could you recommend cleaning agent(s) etc. for the metal and wood?
Any idea as to actual year of manufacture, and/or anything else you can tell me concerning this gun?