Originally Posted by MikeK
They're sweet guns, but they tend to go through parts pretty quick. The original probably did too. But don't let it get you down. Parts are easy to find, cheap and usually pretty easy to install yourself. If you find you need a part, www.vtigunparts.com
True, the original did have a problem with the loading leaver being too flimsy, and the current remake is a bit as well, but it is easily replaced, and parts are available through Dixie gun works. I haven't looked into the site you gave but I will and compare prices. I'mm contemplating getting those parts made out of a material that would hold up better and save me some trouble with it, but that is for the future.
Dr. Lemat originally had the gun made in France, and the issues with the loading lever were a problem back then. After he had about 2500 made he decided to stop doing business with the company from his native France, and instead went with a company in England, and had about another 1500-2000 made. After he had those made the federal govt. seized his assets. He lost everything. This sidearm became so well known in it's day that even Federal officers were trying to capture a Confederate officer just so they could get thier hands on a Lemat.
I plan to do some shooting with it this weekend after the gunshow, where I will get my ammo and powder. I think getting powder is going to get to be a problem more and more as time wears on. The gun-grabbers think people like us would like to make a bomb out of the stuff. but they don't realize there are far more fun things to do with black powder than bomb making, and that there are better materials for bombs at home depot anyway.