This has always puzzled me. The LeMat was immensely popular among Confederate cavalrymen and infantry officers. It wasn't as bulky or heavy as a Colt's Dragoon, it was hard-hitting, and of course there's that smoothbore barrel with its one buckshot load for desperate times. But as far as I can tell, no one ever retrofitted them as cartridge revolvers the way so many Colts and Remingtons were converted before the advent of the SAA in 1873. I've never seen one that was converted in any museum, the few LeMats that show up at auction are always cap and ball, and none of the replica gunmakers has ever offered a cartridge version of it, so far as I know. The Lemat's virtues would have been unchanged by such a conversion. Even the smoothbore barrel could have been adapted to accept a paper shotshell, either in 16 or 20 gauge. (Since you'd only use that barrel in extremis anyhow, having to, say, screw it open and closed to load it would not have been a handicap.) Can anyone throw some light on this? More to the point, in the opinion of the gunsmiths on the Forum, would it be possible to take one of the modern replicas and retrofit it to take some appropriate cartridge?