jz_smith (jz_smith) wrote in little_details,
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Gun questions

Howdy. I'm writing a story that takes place between the years of 1883 and 1888, primarily German characters, in the African colonies and in the wilds of the Sahara. I need to know a few things about the guns I want them to have.

The protagonist I originally wanted to use a lovely 1896 Mauser "Broomhandle" pistol. But, considering it hasn't been invented yet, in 1888, I couldn't come up with a good enough excuse for her to be able to find one. I decided to go with my second favorite gun, the LeMat nine-shooter revolver with secondary grapeshot barrel. (in other words, if nine .42 caliber bullets don't down whatever it is your shooting at you can finish it off with a .63 caliber blast of buckshot!)

But here's the rub: I want these two LeMat pistols to be converted from black powder "cap and ball" dealies into cartridge revolvers, like the Colt Conversion pistols. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I go about this?

Secondly, I need to know what the standard issue pistol was for the German navy between the Franco-Prussian war (1870) and WWI, as well as the standard issue pistol for the Prussian navy before them (pre-1870).

Thirdly, I need to know what the standard issue pistol was for the British Royal Navy between the years of 1860 and 1885 (roughly the years a British character would have been in the Navy and taken home a service revolver).

Thank you very much for ANY information you can give me whatsoever!

~Jay
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