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The mid-19th century was a time in American history that gave birth to a number of innovative firearm designs, and this unique sidearm was also known as the "Grape Shot Revolver." It was 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. Roughly 2,900 were produced.
The distinguishing characteristic of LeMat's revolver is that its 9-shot cylinder revolves around a separate central barrel of larger caliber than the chambers in the cylinder proper. The central barrel is smoothbore and can function as a short-barrelled shotgun (hence the name "Grape Shot Revolver") with the shooter selecting whether to fire from the cylinder or the smoothbore barrel by flipping a lever on the end of the hammer. Flipping the lever down caused the moveable striker to fall upon the primer set directly under the hammer, discharging the lower barrel, while leaving it in the standard position would fire the chambers in the cylinder, much like any other revolver.
LeMat originally chambered his pistol for .40 (or .42) caliber revolver bullets, with a .60 (16 gauge) smoothbore barrel, and had a jointed ramrod (mounted on the right-hand side of the frame), which was used to load both barrels. Later, during the American Civil War, a lighter .35-caliber pistol with a .50 caliber (28-gauge) smoothbore barrel was produced, but as these were non-standard ammunition sizes (.36 or .44 caliber were most common for contemporary revolvers) LeMat owners had to cast their own bullets (as opposed to being issued them from general military stores.) The final models of the LeMat were produced in .36 or .44 caliber in response to these criticisms, but too few of them managed to get past the Union Blockade of the South during the Civil War to be of any real use.
Call of Juarez: Bound in BloodEditThe first shot fires a rifle round and can usually kill an enemy in one hit. They can be bought from stores and later found on enemy corpses, especially at Juarez's fort. It holds one rifle round in addition to eight pistol rounds. In multiplayer it's used by the Gunsmith, toghether with a Peppergun.
Call of JuarezEditThe Hybrid Gun is rarely found in single player and usually in rusty condition, as in Bound in Blood it fires one rifle round and eight pistol rounds. It is the preferred sidearm of Tom Manson. There is a prime hybrid gun in Chapter IV, in the middle of the camp of tents.
- In Bound in Blood's game files, the revolver is wrongly named 'Lemant'.