Nagant m1895 gas seal revolver

An interesting bit if Russian history

Performance

Performance has been good on both revolvers. One 1934 Tula, one 1943 Isvesk.

Features

A seven shot revolver. Interesting feature. When the revolver is cocked, the cylinder rotates,, then moves forward. It uses a special cartridge the extends out of the cylinder face so then it is cocked, the end of the brass fits into the forcing cone and forms a gas seal uping velocity.

Appeal

Interesting history, cheap price, but ammunition is expensive. You can fire S&W .32 long ammo in this revolver but you lose the gas seal with the short brass, also brass may bulge making difficult to eject.

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An interesting bit if Russian history

Performance Rating: 
8
Performance: 

Performance has been good on both revolvers. One 1934 Tula, one 1943 Isvesk.

Features Rating: 
10
Features: 

A seven shot revolver. Interesting feature. When the revolver is cocked, the cylinder rotates,, then moves forward. It uses a special cartridge the extends out of the cylinder face so then it is cocked, the end of the brass fits into the forcing cone and forms a gas seal uping velocity.

Appeal Rating: 
7
Appeal: 

Interesting history, cheap price, but ammunition is expensive. You can fire S&W .32 long ammo in this revolver but you lose the gas seal with the short brass, also brass may bulge making difficult to eject.

For the price, you can't own a nicer revolver with an interesting history. Most are selling for 80.00 to 100.00. I first saw one of these in the Smithsonian. It had been silenced sometime in the 60's by the Russians. With the gas seal feature it is one of the only revolvers that can be effectivly silenced. If you get a chance, pick one up, if nothing else it makes an interesing conversation display at parties.
For those who reload, Starline brass was making brass for this revolver but has pulled it for more R&D. Should have it back on the market soon. There are several makers of ammuntion out there but it run's about 25.00 to 35.00 dollers for 50 rounds.

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