Urbin Report

Monday, May 23, 2005

An Interesting Firearm

The French designed LeMat Revolver. About 2,500 of these made through the Union blockade of Confederate ports during the War of Northern Aggression. Most end up with Cavalry units, giving them some extra firepower against their better equipped Union counterparts.

It's cylinder held nine .40 caliber rounds, plus a single shot .65 caliber 18 gauge shotgun barrel located beneath the .40 caliber barrel.

For you SciFi buffs out there, a LeMat is mentioned in S.M. Stirling's novel "The Stone Dogs."
Bonus points if you can identify which SciFi author Mr. Stirling was tipping his hat to in that passage.