The LeMat revolver is the Original Gun of the shot shell revolver market niche. Jean LeMat earned the O.G. rating by predating the Taurus Judge and Smith & Wesson Governor by more than 100 years! To be completely fair and balanced this design was not identical to the Judge or Governor as it was a standard revolver with a secondary option of a 16 gauge shell. However, this design is the earliest model that we could find that integrated a shot shell into the handgun design.
As we mentioned above, it was developed by Jean LeMat of New Orleans. He was granted US Patent 15925 on October 21, 1856.
Also Known As: LeMat Revolver or Grape Shot Revolver
It was produced in a few variations to the original design for different caliber rounds.
Cabela’s sells a reproduction model of this revolver at:
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