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  1. Ephraim Kibbey

    Ephraim Kibbey Member

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    https://www.proxibid.com/Firearms-Military-Artifacts/Firearms/Exceptional-Paris-Second-Model-LeMat-Percussion-Revolver/lotInformation/67521666#topoflot

    "serial #1364, .42 cal / 18 bore, 6 3/4” octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore showing just a few sparsely scattered light freckles still retaining most of its internal blue finish, the shotgun bore is similar showing a few small areas of old very mild oxidation staining and otherwise retaining much of its bright blue. This is just a wonderful LeMat revolver, essentially unused and very possibly unfired. The metal surfaces retain about 92-95% original bright blue finish showing some mild high edge wear, a few scattered thin scratches and handling marks and scattered flaking most noticeable along the gripstraps, butt and triggerguard toning to a pleasant gray-brown patina. There are a few small dings at the rear top of barrel and along the barrel pin head that are unobtrusive and normally would not be worth the mention and the metal surfaces do show a few honest small casting flaws from the factory, namely one shallow pit right of the trigger. The hammer and trigger retain much of their rich straw color, a little mild brown speckling present along the trigger face and top of the hammer and the nipples retain essentially all of their subtle fire blue finish remaining in superb as-new condition. Indeed the chambers remain brilliant as well, with just a few scattered spots of brown, still showing their factory polishing marks. The script barrel address “Col Le Mat Bte s.g.d.g. Paris” remains stunning and absolutely crisp, the marking being slightly off-center which is consistent with other examples. Two minor apologies: the tiny retainer spring for the loading lever has been lost to the years (an extremely common occurrence) and the small hooked tab at the back of the hammer nose to acuate the hammer for shotgun firing has broken off. The screw heads and escutcheons show crisp simple line embellishments, all serial numbers remain strong and the right side barrel shows proper “(Star) / L.M” marking. The front face of the cylinder shows small “H” stamp and the left side hammer a small “X”. The checkered walnut grips are pencil-numbered to the gun and remain in excellent as-new condition with crisp checkering throughout and perfect fit. Al of the serialized parts are matching including the barrel retainer pin and grip screw, and the action seems to function well mechanically. A spectacular investment quality LeMat revolver suitable for the very finest of American or antique arms collections. (13G10237-1) {ANTIQUE} (25,000/50,000)"

    SOLD for $60,000.00

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  2. Paul R Zartman
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    :what::what::what:...I'd rather have a newer 4x4 Dodge like on "Yellowstone" for that kinda money... :eek:
     
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  3. Seiyoujin

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    Anyone have $60,000 sitting around they don't need? :)

    Jokes aside, there aren't many things I want in life than my very own LeMat. One day.
     
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  4. Captain*kirk

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    You might want to reconsider that. Most of the few Pietta LeMat's I've seen lately are going for $1200 average. Most of the guys who buy them shoot them once or twice, then stick them in the safe or display rack. Just sayin'.
     
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  5. Lyle

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    I would like to shoot a LeMat, but I have no desire to own one.
     
  6. Captain*kirk

    Captain*kirk Member

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    Maybe buy one and rent it out. One full cylinder plus the shot barrel for $40.00 a pop...
     
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  7. forward observer

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    If I was going to spend that kind of money on an Italian single-action repop, I buy one of these instead from Cimarron. (of course, they've been out of stock forever now)

    S&W model #3 First model American w/8 inch barrel in 44-40 or .45 Colt
    I have one of the Scofield versions in .45 Colt and it's the best shooting SA I have including my Colt SAA and several Colt SAA clones.

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  8. dickydalton

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    How about this 44 Special?
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  9. PainlessWolf

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    LeMats are a hoot to shoot. I love mine and it gets regular duty done out here in the middle of nowhere by home and hearth. 60,000 for an original? Best left to Collectors.
    regards!
     
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  10. Captain*kirk

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    Any of these meet your criteria? Several showing in stock.
    https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/page/category/category_id/319/category_chain/544,547/name/Cartridge/
     
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  11. forward observer

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    Thanks, but those are all variations of the Schofield or the Russian models and as mentioned I already have a Schofield. As far as the Russians, I don't like the trigger spur and the hump in the grip. If I wanted another S & W repro, I'd want one of the classic Model #3 First models with that 8 inch barrel or as came to be known--the Model #3 American. As far as I know, Cimarron was the only importer selling the Model 3 American although Uberti may also import them under their own brand.

    However, I'm concentrating on original long guns right now so that's where all my gun money is going presently.

    Cheers
     
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