Virtual over night delivery from Dixie Gunworks- Amazing.
This is the second Cavalry Lemat I have owned. Both were of equal - high quality. They are fitted, timed and finished to much higher standards that most of the Pietta products. Problematic features are endemic to the original design rather than current execution. They include a poorly retained loading lever system- prone to launch the shot barrel rammer out of the handle and the frame/barrel latch which pops down under recoil. Problems can be minimized by wedging the ramrod inside the tube and frequently tightening the loading assembly. The barrel latch will stay in place if closed over a thin wedge of paper.
Internal parts are quite robust - a good thing since it is difficult to obtain a comprehensive supply of spares. The Pietta company is of little (no)help in this regard. A couple of domestic companies have been successful in back ordering the parts from Italy- two months minimum.
The lemat is a very accurate revolver- delivering 25 one handed groups worthy of a modern target revolver. The action functions an handles cap fragments extremely well and hang-ups are virtually non- existent. Shot barrel ignition is not reliable because of the short hammer throw and oblique strike. Very likely it would be better with more sensitive 19th century caps. My fix is to thin the percussion caps to increase sensitivity. I wear safety glasses and otherwise accept the risks.
The LeMat is a very interesting piece of Victoriana and a good shooter too.