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Old 02-21-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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I have a buddy in Yuba County CA who is mildly interested in an inexpensive but reliable revolver for HD. He doesn't have a lot of money and he has a love of old things (he used to have a Navy Colt but sold it to his brother years ago). He is interested in a Nagant Revolver but doesn't know how much they run. Originally he was looking at the Mosin Nagant until I advised him that a rifle was a poor choice for HD.

Any advice? Or maybe someone in Yuba County/Marysville area who has something that might work for him?

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?groupid=352&name=Russian+M1895+7.62x3 8R+Nagant+Revolver Just one place, but generally about $100 online.

I'm not sure i would want that for HD, but with the legendarily stout trigger pull, i doubt anybody gets shot accidentally. The old nagant pistols use a weird round and it isn't huge or easy to find in stores. Couldn't he just find a groovy old Ruger Single Six or something else in a more common and more likely effective caliber like .38 special?
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Around $100, widely available. Not my choice for HD. For around the same money he can buy a good used shotgun. I think that'd be a better choice than an old, cheap revolver (nothing against revolvers, mind you, I carry one myself).

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I like playing with the old Nagant pistols. They use a Ctg. that acts as a gas seal. The Ctg neck is long and the bullet is seated below the mouth. The cylinder has to move forward and the Ctg neck is forced into the forcing cone. The old gun has the power of a .32 long S&W. I would never recomend this old war horse for an HD pistol. The inexpensive shotgun would be a far better choice.

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The cz52 can be had for $250ish and shoots 7.62x25mm that would probably be a little better for HD (except for the tremendous muzzle flash) and still somewhat historical. I agree with a used shotty for practicality.

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I usually recommend a plain old shotgun for strictly HD. Mossberg has the Maverick 88 in 12 gauge for under $250. You can get a Charles Daly often for around the same price. I have a nice double barrel side by side here that I'm selling for a friend for the same price and could ship to Cali as I'm approved to ship into the state.

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I usually recommend a plain old shotgun for strictly HD. Mossberg has the Maverick 88 in 12 gauge for under $250. You can get a Charles Daly often for around the same price. I have a nice double barrel side by side here that I'm selling for a friend for the same price and could ship to Cali as I'm approved to ship into the state.
Do you have a picture of the double barrel you have?
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