LeMat Revolver, examining shooting taking it apart looking at how it works on the inside

The hammer was slightly too short to reliably fire it.  I’m going to get some new nipples and try again. The mid-1800s were a time in American history that gave birth to a number of innovative firearm designs, and this truly unique, unusual sidearm was also known as the “Grape Shot Revolver.” Developed in New Orleans in 1856 by Dr. Jean LeMat and backed by Pierre G.T. Beauregard, who was to become a General with the Confederacy, roughly 2,900 were produced. An accurate reproduction of the First Model LeMat, our Cavalry version has a nine-shot, .44-caliber cylinder and rifled 6-3/4″ barrel. What sets it apart from other revolver designs is the 20-gauge, .643+” diameter 5-7/8″ smoothbore barrel, originally intended for firing buckshot. Both are fired by a pivoting striker. In combat, the firepower from the pistol barrel plus a hefty dose of “blue whistlers” made the LeMat a fearsome weapon to face. Accurate details like the swivel lanyard ring and trigger guard spur duplicate those found on originals. The loading lever is mounted on the left side.

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