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    EARLY TRANSITIONAL 1st/2nd MODEL .42/.63 CALIBER LEMAT PERCUSSION 10 SHOT REVOLVER SERIAL #3678 MATCHING EXCEPT LEVER. The LeMat was a devastating Civil War period sidearm providing the user with both a 9 shot revolving cylinder and the added firepower of a 16 gauge shotgun barrel resulting in the nickname of "grape shot revolver." They were much sought after and highly prized by Confederate officers with the most notable advocate being the Confederate cavalier Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart. The vast majority of LeMat's wartime production was shipped directly to the Confederacy. This particular example was probably manufactured and shipped in 1863. One of the most fascinating and sought after handguns used by the C. S. A. during the war, this being a very fine example.

    Condition: Barrel marking "Col. LeMat Bte S.C.D.C. Paris" inside a scroll edged panel in block letters, correct LM proof on the side of the barrel. All metal with dark smooth patina, very nice. Excellent bores, mechanically perfect. Checkered wood grip excellent with nice dark rich patina and scattered traces of varnish. Original lanyard ring on bottom of butt. The loading lever and plunger are extremely well made replacements and very difficult to detect, otherwise this rare secondary Confederate sidearm is complete and original in every respect.

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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