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Old November 21, 2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Video - Shooting the LeMat "Grapeshot" Revolver

This is one of the firearms oddities of the Civil War...The LeMat revolver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgnRE1vOzIg
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Old November 21, 2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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I left you a comment there

I want to convert mine to .45 ACP.

Is there any way to do it with just a one-piece cylinder design? As opposed to the Kirst/R&D two-piece cylinder?

The loading lever makes a perfect ejector for the spent cartridge cases.

8 or 9 rounds of .45 ACP in the cylinder, with loading and ejection port in the left side of the frame, and loading lever doubling as the ejector.

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Old November 21, 2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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Wow, that thing is a lot bigger than I thought it was!
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Old November 21, 2011, 06:14 PM   #4
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Thanks for this video. I often wondered about the mechanics of the LeMat. You definitely need some tighter wads for the shot barrel though. A couple of the little beggers ran out of the barrel when you set it down on the bench.
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Old November 21, 2011, 06:46 PM   #5
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Rachen, with enough money anything is possible. If I were you, I'd contact Kenny Howell at Howell's Old West conversions.
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Old November 21, 2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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Noelf2, I fixed that by ramming down a 12 Ga over shot card off camera. Pietta says it is a 20 ga, but I recon it is closer to 18 Ga.
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Old November 22, 2011, 07:56 AM   #7
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Or perhaps the barrel is actually 20ga and your wads are for 20ga shotshells.
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Old November 22, 2011, 01:45 PM   #8
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They are the wads I use in my 20 ga. flintlock fowling piece...work perfectly in the long gun.
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Old November 22, 2011, 04:28 PM   #9
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Thanks for the video. Often wondered how the LeMat was put together and how you fired the shotgun barrel. A unique piece of history!
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Old November 22, 2011, 07:51 PM   #10
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Another well made video thanks,
love the coat BTW.
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Old November 27, 2011, 09:26 AM   #11
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interesting,very interesting
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Old November 27, 2011, 03:55 PM   #12
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Yes

Nice sequence but I refuse to admit that a LeMat is worth 850.00 to 900.00.

Just my personal opinion.
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Old November 27, 2011, 05:24 PM   #13
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Wow, I kind of want one of those now that I see it in action.

By the way, it's a little known piece of Hollywood trivia that Clint Eastwood originally was going to use one of those LeMat's in 'Pale Rider', but the scene where he swaps out the cylinder to reload took 10 minutes while he wrestled with that retaining pin and unscrewed the barrel, then changed cylinders, then screwed the barrel back on, then had to stop and find a rock to hammer the pin back in...

Just kidding, of course.
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Old November 27, 2011, 09:14 PM   #14
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Very informative video, Mike. I've always wondered about the LeMat, but have never had an opportunity to examine one, much less fire one. I've always thought them very "steampunk" in appearance. Thanks for showing how it all goes together.
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Old November 29, 2011, 01:28 PM   #15
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Nice video. Answers a lot of the things I've been wondering about that particular firearm for quite some time. Damn shame I'll never be able to afford one since they're so ridiculously overpriced.
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