NKVD Officer’s Model Nagant Revolver
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When the Tula Arsenal restarted production of M1895 Nagant revolvers in 1924 after the Russian civil war, they made both full sized standard guns and also compact “Commanding Officer” models. These had a shorter grip and barrel (85mm), and were intended specifically for people who would carry the guns concealed in civilian clothing, like NKVD agents and customs officers. About 25,000 of the compact models were made total, with production ending in 1932.
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