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!