Le Mat .44cal Cavalry Model - Pietta
The most unusual - but certainly the most famous since the Civil War
-among all the black powder
revolvers bears the name of Le Mat. Jean Alexandre Francois
Le Mat, of french origin, left in 1843 for
the United States in order to accomplish his medicine
studies. After establishing himself in New Orleans,
he married an American young girl, cousin of General Pierre-Gustave
Beauregard, who encouraged and financed the audacious ideas of Le
Mat in diverse fields like medicine, navigation
and firearms. Le Mat devised and created together with the
general a new revolver used by many Confederate
cavalry officers (among the other, those of the glorious I
8th Regiment of Georgia) and by the Confederate
States Navy: many infantry, officers carried this gun as
their personal sidearm. Dr. Le Mat's military inventions
brought him to the attention of the governor of Louisiana,
who made him a colonel and appointed him as aide~de-camp
on April 16, 1859. The first Le Mat models were produced in
Philadelphia due to the Civil War, the production,
still going to the Confederate States, was moved to France.
The Le Mat was probably the most romantic and impressive
revolver ever manufactured. This 9 shot .44 cal. revolver
with a central single shot barrel of approx. .65 cal.
gave the Confederates a considerable edge over their
adversaries. Now the Le Mat has been perfectly re-created by
F.lli Pietta for Cavalry, with spur trigger guard, lever type barrel
release, cross pin barrel selector and a lanyard ring, and hand checkered walnut grips.
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