The Nagant was adopted in 1895, officially replaced in 1933, but still in use all through WWII in Russia. It was an unusual weapon. Though never very widely distributed in the West, millions were produced in Russia and distributed all over Asia and Eastern Europe. It has a seven-shot cylinder and is side-gate loading and rod-ejecting. The cartridges completely cover the bullet; when the gun is fired, the cylinder moves forward and the barrel and cartridge mate to seal the weapon against gas loss. This gives a significant edge in velocity and makes the Nagant one of the few revolvers that can be effectively silenced. (This only works if both gun and ammunition are in first-class condition.) The Nagant was manufactured both as a double-action and a single-action.

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