Mar 112012

A number of years ago I bought a non-firing replica of the Civil war-era LeMat pistol (cap-and-ball with nine .41 caliber balls and a central shotgun barrel), with the half-baked notion that I’d convert it into a replica of the pistol that Jayne Cobb carried in the TV series “Firefly.” Never got around to that, sadly. So rather than have it just sitting around taking up space… who wants it? They are currently selling for about $100, but the first person to comment that they wants this one can have it for $65.

Now Spoken For.

It’s made out of zinc alloy, cannot be made firable, but does look reasonably good (I believe it was cast from an actual LeMat). The hammer cocks and the trigger operates it; cocking the hammer also causes the cylinder to rotate appropriately. The bullet-mashing-lever (whatever it’s called) also works. It’s intact and appropriately heavy… it’s a fairly sizable revolver.

 Posted by at 5:40 pm
  • Michel Van

    ohh yes i want one of these and 65 u$ is a bargain

    But i got major problem: Belgium’s weapon Law
    they exacerbated the law on replica to !
    because of restriction on weapons, allot of people used replica weapons for crime

    I have to know, can this revolver be open for reload or is it one solid piece?
    are the barrels closed ?
    and it really made from zinc alloy ?

    need that info, to ask the federal police permission to buy and import…

    • Anonymous

      > can this revolver be open for reload or is it one solid piece?

      With a machine shop, it could perhaps be converted to fire black powder cap-and-ball shots. But then, so could a simple pipe. Want me to send you some designs for some zip guns that you could make more easily in a home shop, and distribute among your friends?

      > are the barrels closed ?

      They are bored all the way through, but the pistol barrel is larger than the cartridge size in the cylinder. Even if you machined the handle and the cylinder to accept cap-and-ball, the ball would simply rattle down the barrel.

      The shotgun barrel cannot be made functional by any process that seems practical.

      > and it really made from zinc alloy ?

      Yes. It’s a nice heavy chunk of pot-metal that would probably begin to melt with the first shot.

      If you want a functional version, they are available:

      I have virtually no interest in black powder or revolvers. However, when I suddenly become filthy stinkin’ rich, I’m going to get a LeMat or two and have a professional gunsmith modify ’em to fire modern cartridges, like .357 magnum and 20-guage. That would be *awesome.*

  • jmcgrath_usos

    Hi there, if the first commentor is unable to purchase the gun, I’d love to be the runner up. Would you be able to accept a paypal payment?
    Thanks and love your blog,

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I accept PayPal. Haven’t heard back yet from Michel Van about whether or not he can legally buy & import it. It would be, for me, an appalling thing if he can’t… it would be easier to convert a plumbing pipe into a firearm than this replica, and the pipe would probably make a better club, too.

  • the firing replicas used to sell for under $300. Now they’re north of $700. I’d be all over this but I prefer to have the hardware in my house in firing condition, since any hassle I get for having something scary looking in my California home, I’d want it to be really scary. Looking at making a firing replica of Inara’s dressy pistol from a Ruger 22 pistol.

  • Jennifer Martin

    They really look like the real one….Thanks for sharing