Col. Le Mat – Jean François Alexander Le Mat
Støckel: born 1824 in Paris, moved 1840 to New Orleans, receives 1856 patent for his revolver where the base / cylinder pin is also used as a buckshot barrel. The revolvers started to be made 1859/1860 by Dr. Girard, Paris.
V. Forgett, Alain and Marie Serpette, Le Mat, The Man, The Gun, page 162: Belgian patent Feb. 16, 1869 for Center Fire Hammer
The last variation of the Le Mat revolvers based on a 1869 patent (amazing custom pistol), matching serial # 31. While the upper barrel is for a cartridge and the caliber 12mm, the center barrel is for 20 gauge buckshot; read Winchester ammunition reviews here. The cartridge barrel is octagonal with a fixed front sight, the shot barrel is round, both are 4 ⅝” long. The lower barrel firing pin centrally mounted in a slot in the hammer with a rear facing lever that flips forward to fire. The top of the barrel is marked Colonel Le Mat Patent with inspection stamp. The face of the cylinder is marked with a “31”. There is a ejector rod mounted on the right side of the frame. Frame notch rear sights, swinging loading gate for the cylinder mounted on the recoil shield and hinge loading gate for the lower barrel mounted on the left side of the frame. With smooth two piece walnut grips or other accessories this one has a lanyard ring. The revolver opens with a screw in front of the frame. Fits well in our concealment dressers.
As fashionable at the period the metal was kept in the white and the metal surfaces have been cleaned bright. The grips are good with minor dents and dings. The markings are clear and crisp. Mechanically in excellent working order and in very good condition.
one of the heaviest revolvers and extremely rare and fit perfectly in concealment coffee tables for guns.
Le Mat revolver for center fire cartridge, mandatory Belgian ELG proof stamp documenting made in Belgium. The serial is on frame, cylinder and barrel. The caliber of the cylinder is 11mm, the than popular French 11m Ordnance of the army model 1874 fits well, the buck shot is 15mm = .60, probably 20 gauge short (unique shotgun edition). The revolver is as fashionable at the time kept in the white, the function is perfect. You’re not going to need a spotting scope for this one.
Very fine condition sold in Gun Source Auction