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Nagant M1895 Handgun

Country of OriginRussia
TypeHandgun
Caliber7.620 mm
Capacity7 rounds
Length235 mm
Barrel Length114 mm
Weight0.790 kg
Rate of Fire14 rounds/min
Range180 m
Muzzle Velocity272 m/s

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

Belgian weapons designers Léon and Emile Nagant developed these revolvers in 1886 and sold them to Sweden, Norway, Poland, France, Greece, and Russia, among other countries. Of this list of countries, the Russian Army's use, under the designation of Nagant M1895, was the most famous in terms of WW2 historical importance. The Russians, who already had happily adopted the Mosin-Nagant M1891 rifles several years earlier, welcomed these new revolvers as the new standard side arms of army and police officers. Production of Nagant M1895 revolvers began in Liège, Belgium in 1895, but by 1898 it moved to Russia to suit the high demand, where they were made until 1945(at Tula arsenal from 1899 to 1945; at Izhevsk arsenal from 1943 to 1945). During WW2, they were often assigned to NKVD agents, who equipped them with sound suppression devices to carry out assassination missions. These weapons were generally favored, even becoming an object of honor when bestowed by high Communist Party officials, but field users of these revolvers often complained of the slow reload rate. About 2,000,000 Nagant M1895 revolvers were made, and the great abundance of these weapons meant they remained in use far after production ceased in 1945; for example, they were seen in service during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Source: Wikipedia.




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