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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #45 on: March 05, 2019, 11:33:45 AM »

Additionally mine is about 39 years old and unfired. I might be best left that way. I realize many here do not believe in have a gun that is not a shooter, however a guy can only shoot so many! L@.

Hi tljack, is your 39yr old LeMat a Pietta? My 18yr old Pietta LeMat has a serial number of 118, pretty low.

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I am sorry to be so slow replying to your question!! I did not see the post until now.
I have no idea. Theo only markings are: Navy Arms then the city, On top of the barrel it says, "Col LeMat, under the loading lever "black powder only" No date code, no proof marks, no manufacture emblem etc. Serial is 789. My dating is based on the friend I bought it from who purchased it new.
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #46 on: March 22, 2019, 10:38:41 AM »
Hi, LeatherSmithMike made me a holster for my LeMat, it just arrived today. The LeMat fits like a glove:



You may ask, who made that great belt? LeatherSmithMike of course.

When shooting I always like a pristine gun and a holster that I can be proud. You will never go wrong having LeatherSmithMike do your leather work.

www.LeathersmithMike.net

Now for some nice shooting weather.

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Richard
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #47 on: March 22, 2019, 11:44:13 AM »
WOW!  (jh

Simple and elegant. I love it! The LeMat looks right at home too.

Well done Mike!!
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #48 on: March 22, 2019, 11:58:29 AM »
Richard, you are one stylin' dude!
And, nice work, Mike!
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #49 on: April 07, 2019, 09:28:49 AM »
Hi, the temperature got to a little over 60 dF today so I finally got a chance to shoot the Pietta LeMat revolver. I loaded 25gr powder followed by a lubed wad and .454" ball using my Tower of Power loading tool. Remington #10 caps were used. This revolver sure can sling the lead, my steel targets were singing their hearts out. Nine shots fired fast got the barrel pretty hot. The revolver shooting two hands from 25yds produced groups ~4" ~2" to the left. The revolver is sure a handful. Didn't have a single cap jam or any other problem. I then shot the shotgun barrel using 50gr powder and a patched 0.590" balls. CCI #10 caps were used. The accuracy from the shotgun barrel was good and that large ball really has the steel targets ring loudly.

While the LeMat shoots well, that heavy revolver is one huge handful. Give me an 1851 for any serious BP revolver need. IMO it's a good thing that not too many LeMats were made or the South would have lost the war sooner than it did.

The LeMat will now be cleaned and retired as a safe queen.  )l_ )l_

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Richard
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #50 on: April 07, 2019, 11:20:15 AM »
Thanks for the report Richard. Sure sounds like a lot of fun shootin that monster. I'd have a hard time letting that one sit in the safe.
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #51 on: July 04, 2019, 07:53:36 AM »
Hey Richard ,I read most of the postings for your LeMat, unfortunatly the photos did not appear. Looks like your having
a lot of fun. :)
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #52 on: July 04, 2019, 08:54:52 AM »
Hi Hewy, yeah, that stinkbucket Flickr lost my photos. I'll check this computer for photo backups.

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Richard
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #53 on: July 04, 2019, 09:16:19 AM »
A few more LeMat photos:

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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #54 on: July 07, 2019, 07:03:11 AM »
Hi, saw this on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-LeMat-Revolver-Experimental-Fluted-9-Shot-Cartridge-Cylinder-Brass/323852440480?hash=item4b671c13a0:g:BQgAAOSwM81dIUOE

I think that someone is trying to pull a fast one.

BTW, watched the movie Forsaken again yesterday, great shots of the LeMat at the shootout near the end of the movie.

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Richard
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #55 on: February 05, 2020, 10:06:38 AM »
Hi, the recent magazine Guns of the Old West had an article about the LeMat. Nothing new.

I notice that the new price for the Pietta LeMat is now ~$1200. Wonder if it is becoming a cult revolver?


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Richard
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #56 on: February 05, 2020, 10:16:57 AM »
I'll have to get that issue and check it out.

I would really like to have a LeMat. But at the prices they're asking, it's not in the cards just yet.
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #57 on: February 05, 2020, 02:03:50 PM »
I hope that everyone that wants one eventually gets one and that all current owners enjoy theirs a lot and keep their enthusiasm.   But, although Iíve tried to be open minded, so far a Le Matt just wonít float my boat.  They look too flub-dubby and French-built for me.  Iíd be inclined to bring an accordion to a fight before one of those.

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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #58 on: February 05, 2020, 04:49:16 PM »
I hope that everyone that wants one eventually gets one and that all current owners enjoy theirs a lot and keep their enthusiasm. But, although I've tried to be open minded, so far a Le Matt just won't float my boat. They look too flub-dubby and French-built for me. I'd be inclined to bring an accordion to a fight before one of those.

Well, most of them were made in France (I think), but at about 1/2 lb. less than a Dragoon with 9 .40 caliber shots and an 18 gauge load-of-whatever-you-can-cram-down-that-barrel, it has its appeal.

The price is what scares me away. Sheesh!

I'll pass...

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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #59 on: February 05, 2020, 05:12:26 PM »
Are there any originals that still have their loading lever intact?  Breaking a loader half way into a scrape could get dicey. 

Were the .36 and the .44 models the same frame size?


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