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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2007 03:04 pm
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Johan Steele
Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352

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Destruction caused would pale next to a double barrel shotgun and any advantage of the buckshot charge is negated by the very short barrel making it's effective range minimal... in fact a pistol really doesn't have that great of an advantage over a sword in a CW era CQB.  I've read scores of stories of men w/ pistols emptying their weapons and missing at 6'-15' ranges.   The CS thought them unimpressive and overpriced when compared to British & French pistols; and rightly so.

Actually I don't know of a model off hand w/ 2 triggers as such an arrangement would require two hammers unless there was some sort of disconnect.  S/N 19 as pictured in Swords work only shows one trigger w/ S/N 1422 pictured in Firearms from Europe also showing only 1 trigger.  THere were only some 3000 made w/ only about half that reaching the CS.  Among the problems were SERIOUS quality control issues such as the use of poor quality cast iron frames, indexing problems which prevented the cylinder from rotating & worst excessive variances between the barrel & cylinder... this can cause flash fires or  injury to the firer in the form of burns.  Not exactly endearing qualities in a firearm.  The LeMat's failure was in consistant quality control issues which in no way made it compare favorably to it's rivals.  It's a fearsome pistol, on paper.  THe CS inspectors refused many before they were even put on ship bound for the CS and word of failures in the field only condemns it further.

There are a couple books on the subject.  I'm fondest of Swords work: Firepower from Abroad The Confederate Enfield and the LeMat Revolver.

THe men who mattered preferred the Colt, Remington & Kerr.  All roughly half the weight of a LeMatt, smaller and more comfortable to carry.  The CS was desperetly short of pistols and didn't have the luxury to differentiate.  Saddle jolsters were in short supply, not to mention a problem as often when Cav fought it was dismounted, the majority of the time w/ their feet planted squarely upon moma earth.  THe Cav charges of Europe were very few & far between; while dramatic when succesful they were devestating upon failure.  Forrest was more of a raider and frankly not a Cavman in the traditional sense.  The reality is that shooting anything from a moving horse is a challenge and more grounded in hollyweird than reality.

The reality is that the LeMat is like the modern .44 Automag, .454 Cassul, Coonan or .50 AE Desert Eagle in that the men who have to carry and use one on the sharp end prefer something lighter and more handy to use such as the Glock, SIG, CZ, 1911 etc.

Last edited on Sat Dec 15th, 2007 03:22 pm by Johan Steele

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