Revolver with central percussion and close frame, NAGANT MOD 78, of ordinance of the Belgian army.
The lock is in simple and double action.
The barrel with 8 sides is of gauge 9,4mm; it carries a front sight in half-moon.
The cylinder with six rooms is grooved.
The plates out of wooden of walnut squared, are joined together by a screw and two rivet washers with only one ear.
The metal rod slides in a guide integrated by the console.
The stick ends in a metal cap and a ring of suspension with screw-pivot.
The weapon carries the lawful punches of the Manufacture d’Armes de l’Etat (Manufactory of the State), street Saint Léonard in Liege, namely:
Double L interlaced and crowned in a circle: (left side) Marking of the Belgian Government. The 2 L interlaced are the figure of LEOPOLD II King of the Belgians of 1865 to 1909.
EGB in a vertical oval: test of the Belgian government.
LH crowned in an oval: mark test of manufacture. The initial ones were specific to each controller.
Markings of the manufacturer
PATENT NAGANT: indicate that this model was patented by company NAGANT.
EM. & L. NAGANT LIEGE: marking of the firm Emilie and Leon NAGANT in Liege.
All the parts are numbered of factory, in the order of the disassembling-reassembly.
They also carry all number 6 which is the serial number of the weapon.
The Belgian military weapons of troop were equipped not only with one number of weapon (of manufacture) but also of a letter (a letter by regiment) and of a number within the regiment.
Thus, your 1877 Remington Nagant must have W (the letter allotted to Gendarmerie until in the Twenties) and a number.
A Terssen carbine must have an R for the regiment of the police officers. A Terssen rifle (longer than the carbine) must have the V of the genius, etc
Idem thus for the revolvers which have on the left side a letter on the frame and a number, that one also finds on the barrel and the gun.
This splendid 1878 have only one number of manufactures, neither of number nor letter regimental. But it is well a soldier since it has punch EGB, Epreuve Gouvernement Belge (Belgian proof Government).
Therefore, it isn’t a weapon of troop. Ergo, it is more than probably a weapon of officer, for example of the civic Guard which, I believe but I am not sure, was to buy their armament.
I must acknowledge not knowing if the Nagant revolvers of officers of the Belgian Army were or not equipped with a regimental number.
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