SOLD FOR: $1469
Make: EM. & L. Nagant, Belgium
Model: 1877 Gendarmerie
Serial Number: 4480
Year of Manufacture: 1870s-1890s
Caliber: 9.4mm Belgian Revolver
Action Type: Double Barrel Single Trigger Rolling Block Pistol
Markings: The right sideplate of the frame is marked with a Belgian proof, “EM. & L. NAGANT / LIEGE”, and “BREVET / NAGANT”. The right side of the barrels at the frame is marked with Belgian proofs. The left sideplate of the frame, left side of the barrels at the frame, left side of the frame at the very front, and interior of the trigger guard are matched with the serial number “4480”. The butt of the grip frame is marked “W / 4480”. The left sideplate is marked “BREVET REMINGTON” and has a small proof. The bottom of the frame is marked “* / K”. The left side of the trigger is marked “44”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a mortised post fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notch in a rise in the breech block.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut. There are some scattered compressions, dings, and scratches. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is mostly strong. The grips rate in about Very Good-Fine overall condition as antique.
Type of Finish: Blued, Now Patina
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are semi-bright and the rifling is strong with light edge wear. There are some scattered spots of erosion and pitting.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 50% of its metal finish. The finish has gone to a patina. There are areas of mottled thinning and finish loss on the edges. There are scattered spots of light oxidation and light scabbing. There are a couple of dings on the tops of the barrels. There are standard operational marks. The screwheads display light tool marks. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as an Antique
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Nagant Brothers, Emile & Leon, had a history of working with other patent holders and struck a deal with Remington. they would go on to produce the Vatican Guard rolling blocks, and this the model 1877. The 1877 Gendarmerie police pistol is a fascinating pistol that uses a 5 1/2″ side by side double barrel assembly and a single non-selective trigger. The Gendarmerie used this pistol until it was replaced by the Browning model 1899. This one has nice markings and good mechanics, it ought to make a nice addition to an antique collection. Please see our photos and good luck!