lemat revolver


Lemat pinfire carbine

Manufactured in Liège, Belgium c.1860′s, serial number 7.
11mm pinfire 9-shots cylinder revolving around a .54 percussion ‘grapeshot’ barrel. The selector switch on the hammer flips down to strike the shotgun part’s percussion cap.

This is probably one of the rarest variant of the 1856 LeMat revolver, save for perhaps the centerfire carbine.

Sauce : James D. Julia Inc


LeMat pinfire revolver

Manufactured under license in Liège, Belgium between 1863 and 1865, serial number 131.
9mm pinfire 9-rounds cylinder revolving around a .44 percussion grapeshot barrel. The selector switch flips the tip of the hammer down to hit the percussion cap of the shotgun part.

A very few number of LeMats were produced, reportedly less than a thousand, and this example is only made rarer by its European provenance.


Old work, Lammark Combination Thousander, from Dan Abnett “Pariah”. Not chromed however, chromed weapons are for pimps. :P

Last picture is size compare with (airsoft) M1911 clone, not a small pistol itself.

About .44, 6″ upper and 16g lower barrel. 

…It was a huge, chromed thing, a revolver with two barrels, one of a regular size and the second of greater bore beneath it. It was an old, Guard-issue weapon, a Lammark Combination Thousander, a weapon for an officer, or for use in trench-war and street fighting… The Lammark’s centre chamber was a large-capacity slot for a buckshot cartridge or a breaching round….


Baby Lemat 1868/69 Patent revolver

Manufactured in France or Belgium c.1860-70′s with a Liègeois shotgun barrel - serial number 129.
9mm centerfire none-round cylinder revolving around a 12mm centerfire shotgun barrel, single action, side-loading gate, the hammer can be flipped forward when cocked to fire the shotgun barrel.

He obviously didn’t think as much about what the gun would look like rather than how it would work for his patent drawings.

Spectacular Cased Second Model LeMat Percussion Revolver

42 caliber, 6.750" full octagonal barrel, S/N 1432. With LM under a five-pointed star; top  of barrel marked Col Le Mat Ste S.G.D.G. Paris. Rounded trigger guard, checkered walnut grips.  Blue finish with straw colored hammer and trigger. Engraved screw heads. Original English style casing, in a dovetailed mahogany box with compartments with green lining. Rare LeMat brass cavity mold with iron sprue cutter. Maple turned ramrod for the smoothbore. Three very rare LeMat paper cartridges for the smoothbore. Eley tin box for percussion caps. Includes extra conical LeMat lead bullets.

Sold: for $64,400.00 at Cowan’s Auctions


Lemat 1st model Revolver

Manufactured in paris, France c.1862 - serial number 7.
.42 cap and ball nine-round cylinder around a 16 gauge shotgun cylinder axis, single action, side-mounted loading lever.

This gun was surrendered along with the ironclad CSS Atlanta on the 17th of June 1863 during the American civil war. Only 450 1st model Lemat were ever produced, and this is the earliest serial number accounted for.

Sauce : James D. Julia Inc.


LeMat pinfire revolver

Designed by Eugène Jean Alexandre Le Mat in 1856, manufactured in Liège, Belgium between 1863 and 1865, serial number 3214.
12mm pinfire 9-shots cylinder revolving around a 20 gauge percussion ‘grapeshot’ barrel firing a three parts lead projectile. The selector switch flips down to hit the percussion cap of the shotgun barrel.

Not a lot of pinfire LeMats were produced but in my opinion they’re the most stylish of them all.

Sauce : Rock Islands Auction Company


Baby Lemat pinfire revolver

Manufactured in Liège, Belgium c.1850-60′s - serial number 3188.
9mm pinfire nine-round cylinder revolving around a 12mm percussion shotgun barrel, double action, side loading gate with no ejector rod.

Of all Lemat revolvers, only about a thousand were pinfire, and less than a hundred were baby-sized regardless of ammunition.

Sauce : James D. Julia Inc.


The LeMat Model 1869,

In 1856 Dr. Jean Alexandre Le Mat of New Orleans patented the LeMat single action cap and ball revolver.  The LeMat was known for having a 9 round cylinder instead of the typical six, and a second barrel which fired a 20 gauge buckshot round.  The LeMat became popular with Confederate dragoons and cavalry during the Civil War, however production was moved to Europe due to the lack of industry in the South, shortages of resources, and the capture of New Orleans by Union forces in 1862. 

When the war ended production of officially licensed LeMat revolvers came to an end.  However production of unofficial LeMat’s by small workshops in Liege, Belgium continued.  While Liege was a major gunmaking center in Europe, it was also the counterfeit gunmaking capital of the world.  This was due to the hundreds, if not thousands of small time gun makers who operated in Belgium and ignored patent laws as Belgian officials looked the other way.

While production of LeMat revolvers was not very robust, gunmakers further improved the design as technology advanced.  This resulted in rare pinfire and centerfire cartridge models being produced whereas the original LeMat design was a muzzleloader.  The LeMat Model 1869 was a Belgian made revolver which utilized the LeMat system, only in centerfire cartridge.  Modifications to the design included slight changes to the shape of the handle and frame, the addition of a loading gate on the right hand side of the revolver, and an ejection rod to eject empty casings.  In addition a gap was created in between the regular barrel and shotgun barrel to make room for the loading gate.  The Model 1869 typically came in two calibers, 12mm Perrin and 11mm French Ordnance.  The shotgun was typicall 20 gauge or 24 gauge.

Both pinfire and centerfire post-war LeMat revolvers are extremely rare.  It is unknown how many were produced.