does anybody know anything about a "col Lamat" brand percussion cap pistol? I am interested in shooting this gun and I need a load that will not damage it. I belive that it is original any info to support this would be of great help.
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Cap n Ball
June 7, 2006, 03:47 PM
I own a Lemat although I don't shoot it very often, 15 to 22 grains should work. The Lemat is a nice if overly complicated revolver requiring special tools to completely disassemble. Its a bit too heavy for my taste and capping the cylinder can be a chore. On the other hand though, if you don't much like your shooting results you can crank the target in to about six feet and destroy the evidence with the grapeshot tube. I doubt that it is original but if it is I wouldn't shoot it. Originals are very rare and very pricey.
June 7, 2006, 05:18 PM
It's actually my 80 year old father-in-laws pistol and he said it belonged to his grandfather. I saw where there were only about 2900 Lemats that made to the confederacy so I agree it would be very rare to have found a real one, but I saw only the "Col Lemat's patent" stamp on top of the barrel and if an 80 year old's grandad owned it that would make it at least 80 or more years old. Were there replicas being made at that time?
June 7, 2006, 06:22 PM
Can you post a picture or three of the pistol? If the story is correct and it was owned by your family over 100 years ago, it may just well be an original.
If so, you are well on your way to being able to retire.
There is a nice website on lemats that can be found here. (http://johno.myiglou.com/lemat.htm) Have a read and get back to us.
EDIT... oh.. and DONT SHOOT IT! Not until you have positively identified it as NOT original. Firstly, the balls to fit the original were 40cal and you wont be able to find them easily. Secondly, firing an original could break it beyond repair without you even realising it.
June 10, 2006, 01:15 PM
The Italian replicas have only been around since 1985. the Lemat company stayed in business until 1885 but the caplocks were pretty much confined to to the late 1850s-60s.
something about them here: