Just found this web site this AM. Noticed no one had responded to your mail. First of all I am a gunsmith and I'm also into cowboy action shooting and have been for more yrs than I like to think about. I hope you haven't bought the Dakota. While the purchase price is very appealing, my experince with the Dakota over the last 20 or so yrs has shown me their not worth it. The heat treating of the workings is not the best which leads to too much wear and tear, resulting in the pistol breaking down, or becoming unsafe to shoot, just plain failing.mario said:I am considering purchasing a Dakota in 45 Colt. The price is very appealing. Use is for plinking and possibly Cowboy action. All shooting will be with standard 45 Colt or reduced lead loads. Does anyone have exeperience with this brand revolver.