| This Belgian-designed
M1895 Nagant was made in the USSR
in 1932. It is unusual in two features:
a double-action with side-gate loading,
and gas seal cylinder which produced
higher velocities at cost of greater
complexity. Because it has no cylinder
gap at firing, and because its bullet
is subsonic, the Nagant is one of
the few revolvers which can be suppressed.
Made in peace time, it is fairly accurate.
Two pictures at the bottom of the
page show a 1941-vintage revolver
fitted with a 32ACP cylinder. Although
that cartridge doe not produce a proper
gas seal, it permits practice with
the more readily available ammunition
than the original Nagant cartridge.
This combination has poor accuracy,
and the rough trigger exacerbates
the problem. For more info, try the
1895 Nagant site.
An 1892 French 8mm revolver (right)
shows a loading gate, as well as
a different, unusal cylinder lock-up.
It was a robust weapon chambering
a reasonably useful round (120 grain
bullet at 750fps).