SOLD FOR: $1031
Model: 1883/1883 Nagant, Belgian Customs Officer Model
Serial Number: 1231
Year of Manufacture: 1897-1905
Action Type: Double and Single Action DA/SA Revolver with Removable Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel, the ejector rod housing, the face of the cylinder pin, the face of the loading gate, the left side of the frame are marked with the serial number, “1231”. The left side of the frame forward of the cylinder is marked “DOUANE BELGE” over a proof, under the cylinder is marked “BREVET / NAGANT”, and to the rear of the cylinder is a crest in a circle. The right side of the frame over the right grip panel is marked with a proof.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a squared off blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a v-notch integral to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are three-piece checkered wood. There are two outer panels and one through the center of the grip frame. There is a stud with a lanyard ring attached in the middle of the grip cap. The wood is dark in appearance and there are a few instances on both panels where the checkering is lightly worn, and is in some places worn down completely. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Good-to-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion, but light stubborn fouling throughout.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 80% of its metal finish. There is light surface oxidation scattered throughout, but is most notable on the frame and cylinder. The barrel has light thinning on most edges, along with several nicks and scuffs. The cylinder has scattered light nicks and thinning on most edges. Screws have light tool marks with usable slots, and markings are fairly clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Good-to-Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder locks up with minor play at each stop. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The 1887 on offer here was made for Belgian Customs Officers, and is fairly similar in appearance to its Norwegian cousin, the 1893. This example is chambered for 7.5mm and shows use-wear throughout. The bore is decent and the action functions properly. Good luck and happy bidding!