Sep 13, · Invented by Jean Alexandre LeMat of New Orleans, the gun was an unusual Confederate weapon that combined a or caliber cap-and-ball black powder barrel on top and a smoothbore barrel underneath capable of firing a charge of buckshot; a combined pistol-shotgun. This worn finish gives the gun the look of a year old original while allowing the gun's bore, chambers and mechanism to remain in new condition. David also tunes the action to allow the revolver to function more reliably as most reproduction LeMats are poorly timed. The distinguishing characteristic of LeMat's revolver is that its 9-shot cylinder revolves around a separate central barrel of larger caliber than the chambers in the cylinder proper.
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T Beauregard a major in the U. When war broke out, LeMat received Confederate contracts for the production of 5, revolvers, and plans were laid to manufacture the gun abroad and then import them into the Confederacy, which lacked the necessary facilities to produce the weapon locally.
Confederate gun runners were able to slip shipments of the gun through the Union naval blockade and it is estimated that about 2, made it into Confederate service. The distinguishing characteristic of LeMat's revolver is that its 9-shot. The central barrel is smooth-bore and can function as a short-barreled. Flipping the lever up caused the movable striker to fall upon the primer set directly under the hammer, discharging the lower shotgun barrel. Army officers to resign and join the Confederacy.
When war broke out, LeMat received Confederate contracts for the production of five thousand revolvers, and plans were laid to manufacture the gun abroad and then import them into the Confederacy, which lacked the necessary facilities to produce the weapon locally.
Confederate gun runners were able to slip shipments of the gun through the Union naval blockade and it is estimated that about 2, made it into Confederate service. Stuart , Richard H. Anderson , and Captain Henry Wirz. Confederate Major General J. Stuart "was known to favor the LeMat revolver". The LeMat revolver was manufactured from to , with approximately 2, being produced.
The first models were manufactured by John Krider of Philadelphia, with the second model the first overseas model being produced by Charles Frederic Girard and Son of Paris. Quality concerns prompted LeMat to consider production at the Birmingham Small Arms Company in Birmingham, England, but production was never mounted there.
LeMat revolvers from France were shipped to the Confederate States forces via the United Kingdom, and all firearms landed in the UK were and still are required to be proofed. The LeMats which found their way through the Union blockade were stamped with British proof marks from the Birmingham Proof House , leading to the misapprehension that the pistols were actually manufactured in the UK. A handful are known to have been made illegitimately in the UK by an unknown manufacturer, believed to be the London Armoury Company , but only two examples survive to the present day and it is doubtful any of the English-made LeMats ever saw service during the U.
Civil War. The original revolver, constructed of blued steel with grips of checkered walnut , was not considered to be a very accurate weapon although it was deadly at close range. Civil War cavalrymen, particularly in the South, preferred to carry several pistols, as it was faster to draw another loaded weapon than it was to try to reload a cap and ball revolver in combat. After the introduction of cartridge -firing firearms , the LeMat system appeared in pinfire , but this version is exceedingly rare.
A centerfire version in 12mm Perrin or 11mm Chamelot-Delvigne, with a 24 gauge shot barrel, was made in later years in Belgium. With both weapons, loading was accomplished via a loading gate located at the 4 o'clock position for the cylinder, and by swinging the breech of the shot barrel up and left. The Pietta company of Brescia, Italy has manufactured modern reproductions of the LeMat revolver since Canadian distributors include Marstar Canada, among others.
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