Nagant M1895 7.62 x 38R revolver

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The Nagant M1895 Revolver is a seven-shot, gas-seal revolver designed and produced by Belgian industrialist Leon Nagant for the Russian Empire.

The Nagant M1895 was chambered for a proprietary cartridge, 7.62 x 38R 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 and allowing the weapon to be suppressed (an unusual ability for a revolver)

Other Nagant revolver designs were also adopted by police and military services of Sweden (7.5 mm M1887), Norway (M1893), Poland and Greece (M1895). These revolvers were largely similar to the Russian Nagant M1895, but lacked the gas seal mechanism.

Production began in Liege, Belgium, but was soon moved to Russia. The M1895 started to be replaced by the more modern Tokarev semi-automatic pistol in 1933, but was still produced and used in great numbers during WWII. Despite being supplemented after 1930 by the Tokarev TT-33, it was never fully replaced until the arrival of the Makarov pistol in 1952.

The distinctive shape and name helped it achieve cult status in Russia and in the early 1930s the presentation of a Nagant M1895 revolver with an embossed Red Star was one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed on a Party Member.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for Russian and Soviet forces, Warsaw Pact countries forces, police and military forces of Sweden, Norway, Poland and Greece from 1895 until 1952.

Foxtrot example shown here is a Nagant M1895 revolver. It is chambered for 7.62 x 38R, is fitted with chequered hardwood grips and is in a blued finish.

Film Set Notes

Added bonus with revolvers is the option of blanks loaded with black powder that gives a slower burn than smokeless loads, resulting in a bright muzzle flash, accompanied by an amount of smoke, a dramatic effect.

A revolver also has some of the most distinctive loading sounds when cylinder is snapped closed or the hammer cocked. Worth the trouble of getting some good close miked wild tracks of these sounds – it is good ‘punctuation’ in a drama soundscape.