Nagant, Emile & Leon M1895 Revolver & .32 ACP Cylinder - Last Chance

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Manufacturer:   Nagant, Emile & Leon
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(January 23, 2010 22:20:55 PT)
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(January 30, 2010 20:35:51 PT)

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Guns For Sale - Nagant, Emile & Leon -- M1895 Revolver & .32 ACP Cylinder - Last Chance

Watchers! Be sure to check out my other auctions! Something for everyone!

Ever seen an ad for the Nagant revolver? Ever thought about buying? Now's your chance to not only get one that's in Like New condition, but you'll also get an extra cylinder to shoot .32 ACP ammo!

I'll let the article from Wikipedia explain the revolver:

The Nagant M1895 Revolver was a seven-shot, gas-seal revolver designed and produced by Belgian industrialist Léon Nagant for Tsarist Russia. The Nagant M1895 was chambered for a proprietary cartridge, 7.62x38R, and featured an unusual "gas-seal" system in which the cylinder moved forward when the gun was cocked to close the gap between the cylinder and the barrel, providing a boost to the muzzle velocity of the fired projectile. Other Nagant revolver designs were also adopted by police and military services of Sweden (7.5 mm M1887), Norway (M1893), Poland, and Greece (Περίστροφον M1895).

Technical characteristics

Non-gas seal revolvers have a small gap between the cylinder and the barrel; the small gap between the cylinder and barrel is necessary to allow the revolver's cylinder to revolve, presenting a new, loaded chamber for firing. This necessitates that the bullet jump the gap when fired, which may have an adverse effect on accuracy, especially if the barrel and chamber are misaligned, and also presents a path for the escape of high-pressure and high-temperature gases from behind the bullet. The M1895 has a mechanism which, as the hammer is cocked, first turns the cylinder and then moves it forward, closing the gap between the cylinder and the barrel. The cartridge, also unique, plays an important part in sealing the gun to the escape of propellant gases. The bullet is deeply seated, entirely within the cartridge case, and the case is slightly reduced in diameter at its mouth. The barrel features a short conical section at its rear; this accepts the mouth of the cartridge, completing the gas seal. By sealing the gap, the velocity of the bullet is increased by 50 to 150 ft/s (15 to 45 m/s).

However, success had its price. Nagant revolvers had to be reloaded one cartridge at a time through a loading gate with the need to manually eject each of the used cartridges, making reloading laborious and time-consuming.

The Nagant M1895 was made in both single-action and double-action models before and during World War I; they are known colloquially as the “Private's model” and the “Officer’s model”, respectively. Production of the single-action model seems to have stopped after 1918, with some exceptions, including examples made for target competition. Most single-action revolvers were later converted to double-action, making original single-action revolvers rather rare.


7.62 mm Nagant is also known as 7.62x38mmR (Rimmed) or "Cartridge, Type R." The projectile is seated below the mouth of the cartridge, with the cartridge crimp sitting just above the bullet. When fired the crimp expands into the forcing cone, completing the gas seal and ostensibly increasing muzzle velocity by approximately 75 ft/s.

The 7.62 mm caliber was chosen, in part, to simplify the tooling used in barrel-making and manufacture of projectiles—the Russian service rifle of the time—the Mosin Nagant M91 featured an identical bore diameter, being chambered for the 7.62x54R rifle cartridge.

The Revolver can be fired using the .32 Smith & Wesson Long, and .32 H&R Magnum cartridges, but this practice is not generally advised. The Nagant revolver was not designed to fire these rounds, which have different dimensions, so the shooter should be aware of the risks before attempting to use them in the revolver. Aftermarket cylinders for .32 can be installed by the shooter, allowing them to safely fire .32 H&R or .32 ACP.

So, there it is! Not only will you receive a revolver that is in "Like New" condition (I doubt that it was ever issued, or even fired, before I got it; the bluing is complete and uniform), you'll also receive the bonus cylinder to shoot .32 ACP ammo!

I must admit, there is a little glitch when using the .32 ACP cylinder. When you pull the trigger, or pull the hammer back to the cocked position, the cylinder doesn't rotate fully into the proper position. The "Hand" is driven up when the trigger is pulled, just as you'd expect with any revolver, causing the cylinder to rotate. It just needs a fraction of an inch, just a hair, for the cylinder to lock into position. I suspect that the lack of wear on the parts is the cause of this small glitch. It's not a big deal, as I suspect most people who shoot the Nagant do so by pulling the hammer back - the trigger has a 19 lb. pull to it, and you'll soon tire from using only the trigger.

Given the excellent condition (I don't list it as Factory New as it has been fired) of this revolver, and the cost of the extra cylinder, I consider the starting price to be a fair price. The extra cylinder runs $70 + S/H, so I hope you find it a fair price as well.

Notes on Markings

On the left side, near the grip, we see the star. This is a hybrid of a Tula mark & Izhevsk date. The "split square mark" (a square divided by a vertical line) signifies that the revolver underwent an arsenal rehabilitation of some sort; this is supported by the overall excellent condition of the revolver and lack of wear of the bluing, etc. There are additional marks all over the revolver, such as the frame, hammer, trigger guard, trigger and barrel. I've been unable to determine the meaning of most, but it's likely that the majority are proof/acceptance marks as the parts come off the production line. There are stars, numbers, Cyrillic letters, etc.

The text in the last image is:
M1895 7.62 NAGANT

This is the import mark of KBI, Inc., of Harrisburg, PA.

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Questions for Users
    Q:  Would it be possible to see some more detailed pictures of the markings on the gun? 01/29/2010
        A:  Sure! I'll add some shortly. 01/29/2010
    Q:  could this gun be picked up instead of shipped since i am in indiana....thanks 01/30/2010
        A:  Sure! I'm on disability and not working at the moment, so time of pickup isn't a problem. 01/30/2010