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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2007 02:20 pm
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The principal difference between the effectiveness of saber vs. pistol, as I understand it, is the issue of training. A recruit of that era could be reasonabley expected to know at least the rudiments of marksmanship, whereas the use of a saber would require a great deal of training and practice.
According to the sources I have read, the pistol was favored because of basic firepower.... a Colt, Remington, or other "6 shooter" and a carbine equaled 7 shots before reloading. The LeMat was a 9 shot and then the shotgun for a total of 11 rounds (with the carbine also)
The shotgun on the LeMat was used as a last ditch self preservation tool

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