The mid-1800s were a time in American history that gave birth to a number of innovative firearm designs, including this truly unique sidearm, also known as the "Grape Shot Revolver." Roughly 2,900 were produced, developed in New Orleans in 1856 by Dr. Jean LeMat and backed by Pierre G.T. Beauregard, who was to become a general with the Confederacy. An accurate reproduction of the first model LeMat, this Cavalry version has a nine-shot, .44-cal. cylinder and rifled 6.75" octagonal barrel with 1:30 twist. In combat, the firepower from the pistol barrel plus a hefty dose of "blue whistlers" from the 20-ga. smoothbore 6.75" round barrel made the LeMat a fearsome weapon to face. Accurate details like the swivel lanyard ring and trigger-guard spur duplicate those found on originals. The loading lever is mounted on the left side. Checkered walnut grips.