Le Mat Civil War Revolver Replica Antique Gray Finish
Le Mat ("Grape
Shot Revolver") Civil War
Revolver Replica with Antique Gray Finish
This massive revolver was a favorite of
Confederate troops. It featured awesome firepower with its nine .41 caliber
bullets and one 20 gauge, single barrel firing a slug or buckshot. With working
single action, loading lever, and simulated checkered wood grips, this historic
revolver is a must for your collection.
The LeMat revolver was a .42 or .36 caliber cap & ball black powder revolver
invented by Dr. Jean Alexandre LeMat of New Orleans, which featured a rather
unusual secondary 16 gauge smoothbore barrel capable of firing buckshot, and saw
service with the armed forces of the Confederate States of America during the
American Civil War of 1861–65
The mid-19th century was a time in American history that gave birth to a number
of innovative firearm designs. This unique sidearm was also known as the "Grape
Shot Revolver." It was developed in New Orleans in 1856 by Dr. Jean Alexander Le
Mat, whose manufacturing effort was backed by P.G.T. Beauregard, who became a
general in the Confederate Army. About 2,900 were produced.
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. The central barrel is smoothbore and can
function as a short-barrelled shotgun (hence the name "Grape Shot Revolver")
with the shooter selecting whether to fire from the cylinder or the smoothbore
barrel by flipping a lever on the end of the hammer. Flipping the lever down
caused the moveable striker to fall upon the primer set directly under the
hammer, discharging the lower barrel, while leaving it in the standard position
would fire the chambers in the cylinder, much like any other revolver.
LeMat originally chambered his pistol for .40 (or .42) caliber revolver bullets,
with a .60 (16 gauge) smoothbore barrel, and had a jointed ramrod (mounted on
the right-hand side of the frame), which was used to load both barrels. Later,
during the American Civil War, a lighter .35-caliber pistol with a .50 caliber
(28-gauge) smoothbore barrel was produced, but as these were non-standard
ammunition sizes (.36 or .44 caliber were most common for contemporary
revolvers) LeMat owners had to cast their own bullets (as opposed to being
issued them from general military stores.) The final models of the LeMat were
produced in .36 or .44 caliber in response to these criticisms, but too few of
them managed to get past the Union blockade of the South during the Civil War to
be of any real use.
LeMat hoped to market his adaptable revolver as a primary sidearm for dragoons
and other mounted troops. He entered into a partnership with P.G.T. Beauregard
(at that time a major in the U.S. Army) in April 1859 to market his handgun to
the U.S. Army. Beauregard, besides being LeMat's cousin, was one of the first
U.S. Army officers to resign and join the Confederacy.
When the Civil 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 2,500 made it into Confederate service.
Replica Gun has working mechanism
Crafted by dedicated craftsmen at Denix in
Authentic size and weight of actual gun
Replica makes a super prop gun
Replica guns are a great costume accessory!
Build an impressive gun collection!
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quality wood and metal
Makes a unique decorator item and conversation
Non-firable and can not be altered to do so
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