Post by tennesseeernie on Jun 24, 2009 3:06:35 GMT -5
I am new here...but have had half-baked ideas of doing cavalry reenactment/living history forever...so, when I had the chance to snatch up a pair of new unfired Pietta Cavalry LeMats as well as a Navy model in the same condition, I took a deep breath and sent the cash. Of course, that was before I really thought about that I would be doing the gig in the Western Theater. I have never seen any, which is why I should know better...but I was hypnotized by that goofy grip, the huge 9 round cylinder and that little shotgun in the middle of the cylinder, and had visions of myself as a "LeMat Pistolero" with one pistol in a military belt holster and two in a set of saddle holsters.
I know JEB Stuart and some of his troopers carried the LeMat, but does anyone know of any evidence that would support cavalry's carrying the LeMat in the Western Theater (primarily Tennessee - Forrest's boys)?
In the absence of any such evidence, I will need to become LeMat-less in order to cover the expenses for more pedestrian...but historically accurate...weapons. (Just put these up in the "For Sale" section).
So...HELP! I don't think there is anything out there that would help, but I don't know if I don't ask!
Beauregard may have carried one, but don't know if he was in the west when doing so.
I picked one up before I got started and was a bit worried about using it as it cost much more than the $89 Navy I picked up. I did finally start using it, but found it to be way to fragile to use. Having 9 cylinders is fun and the looks you get when others start counting your shots is something you'll never forget. It's like the cowboy movies (they never reload). However, watch the shotgun hammer spring (I've had two break). Also, the lever that drops down under the cylinder to let you break the weapon apart can be a problem. It's spring doesn't work supper well and when the hammer falls, the lever drops out. Bit by bit it works it's way out and finally the entire barrel starts to rotate and suddenly you find you can NOT shoot.
But, good luck. I wear blue so it's not anywhere correct for my impression, but I still enjoy shooting at coke cans or walnuts in my spare time.
The LeMat was an extremely expensive weapon to produce and purchase. That's why one only hear about generals, colonels, and the like owning them. Additionally, they are heavy unweildly beasts, not something I'd want to carry on my person. JEB Stuart was carrying his Whitney revolver when he was wounded at Yellow Tavern. Lastly, fewer than half of cavalry troopers in the Eastern Theater(CS) had revolvers. They certainly didn't have saddle holsters which weren't issue items to either side.