My Gunshow Nagant Revolver

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  1. Doug S

    Doug S

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    Picked up a Nagant revolver at a local gun show today for $139.99. I remember these going for under $100 in recent years, but at todays show this one the only one I saw, and since I wanted to add one to my Man Cave WWII collection, I figured I'd buy it. It is stamped 1939, by Tula. At a glance I notice a star symbol on the trigger guard, trigger, and h ammer. Otherwise I don't know anything about these guns, and I am looking forward to researching it on some of the guns sites. I do have a few questions in the meantime. 1) The cylinder rotates with the hammer down. Is this normal? Locks up tight with the hammer back. 2) There is a little square symbol next to the serial number. Is this a refurb mark? 3) What is the going price for these today? If anyone has any informative sights about this revolver, I'd appreciate a link. Thanks, Doug.

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  2. Fireman1291

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    I know its the only revolver you can suppress. How easy is it to find bulk ammo for that?
     

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    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    It looks nice.
    Please post how it shoots.
     
  5. Sierra9

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    You can get some info on these over at http://7.62x54r.net

    May need to search around a little, since most of the chatter is about MG rifles, but there are references to proof marks, etc.
     
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    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    You are right I was thinking of the semi-auto.
     
  9. Novocaine

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    Because the cylinder moves forward to seal the barrel this revolver can be suppressed. There were a lot of Russian suppressor designs for this gun including those integral with the barrel (with sights on top of suppressor). Most designs were developed by Mitin brothers. One of the very early ones is also the coolest. It had the second cylinder at the muzzle of the suppressor. The bullet was followed by the wad that plugged the empty chamber of the "muzzle cylinder" thus trapping the gasses inside. The spent wad was then rotated out of the way and the new empty chamber would take the place at the muzzle.

    Later brothers built a more practical suppressor along the more conventional lines. You can look up Bramit device (BRAtiya MITiny- Mitin brothers). It is almost a generic term referring to all kinds of designs brothers (and others) have developed. You might stumble on some cool info.

    As is Nagant revolver came in all kinds of flavors including snubnose and with an abbreviated frame. Some guns meant to be issued to privates were single action only. Guns were valued by tank crews for the ability to shoot through the slots in armor.

    To these days (in Russia at least) they are issued to some security staff.

    But the majority is either exported or converted into less-than-lethal weapons.
     
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  11. Doug S

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    Thanks everyone for the comments, and info.
     
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    Njanear Nagant-ophile

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    1) Yes - normal
    2) Square is a sign of refurbishment. The light colored wooden grips on yours are also a sign of refurbishment.
    3) That is about the average price at the shows nowadays.

    As a note, the actual cartridge is the 7.62x38mmR Nagant - as mentioned, many people fire .32 S&W Long or .32 H&R Magnum in them but you will more than likely lose your brass due to swelling or splits. Others take .32/20 and trim it to fit the Nagant dies. Others have the .32ACP cylinders and use them, but do NOT be tempted to have the cylinder rechambered for 7.62x25mm!

    7.62x54mmR.net has lots of great pics of proofs and one day, will get my old M1895 info up online. Definitely check out the Nagant forum on www.gunboards.com too.

    Nice find... I hope you enjoy it.
     
  15. Doug S

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    Njanear,

    Thanks for answring all of my questions, plus some.

    Berto,

    Nice write up.

    I honestly don't plan on shooting this, because I bought it strictly to add to my display. That said, after reading all of this, I have to admit I'm getting a little tempted to go and buy a box of ammo and give it a try. The 32 cylinder sounds interesting also.
     
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    FYI.
    The .32ACP cylinders are not drop in and you may have to do some fitting to get it to work properly.


    IMO.
    Just get some 7.62x38R ammo and give it a go.


    Here's a pic of my 1929 Tula M1895 Nagant.
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    Wow, that's a cool box of a Soviet civvy ammo, Quiet. "Mark of Quality" and all. Not something that you see every day.
     
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    Very nice.

    Congrats!
     
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    That's a good looking gun. I'm kicking myself now for skipping one at the last gunshow. The guy only wanted $85 for it.
     
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