LeMAT SECOND MODEL PERCUSSION GRAPESHOT REVOLVER. Cal. 10.63 mm/16 ga. SN 1576. Usual configuration with 6-13/16 full oct bbl with PARIS markings on top flat and rammer mounted on left side. Rammer & screw may be replacements. The standard 9-shot cyl revolves around the smoothbore bbl which is fired by the articulated hammer nose. Mounted with 2-pc checkered walnut grips numbered to this revolver. The bbl latch pin & retainer spring are replacements and there is one nipple broken from the cyl. These revolvers were well liked and used by the Confederacy during the Civil War. Col. Francois A. Le Mat was a French born physician residing in New Orleans when he invented & patented this revolver. When he was unable to interest the United States military in purchasing his revolvers he moved to France and was able to have them produced in England, Belgium & finally Paris. At the outset of the Civil War, Gen. Beauregard convinced the Confederacy to purchase a number of Le Mat revolvers and they saw service throughout the entire conflict. After the War Col. Le Mat continued production of his revolvers, marketing both pinfire and central fire versions, as well as carbines. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching except the rammer which is unnumbered. No orig finish remains being an overall dark brown patina with heavy pitting on bbl, with lighter pitting on frame and cyl. Grips show heavy wear with a few deep gouges and a small crack on right side. Hammer nose is slightly loose, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong rifled bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Smoothbore has moderate to heavy rust. 4-31047 JR494 (6,000-10,000)
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Reloading kit for pinfire cartridges (5mm,7mm, 9mm & 12mm)
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