Nagant M1985 Revolver
A neighbor unexpectedly gave me the gun and 28 rounds today for doing some chain saw work a couple weeks ago after a storm. It is marked "1944". I had seen a few at shows and an acquaintance had one at a range years ago. It looks unissued and has an importer's info etched on it. Interesting cartridge with the brass going into the throat to make a gas seal. Looking forward to shooting it. It looks very utilitarian and a strong design.
Is 1944 the year of manufacture? Was it made at the Ishevsk Arsenal? There' a sale on the auction side that says it was made at Ishevsk. Or, did other arsenals also make them in 1944? What was the purpose of the gas sealing cartridge? Were there other cartridges like it? Is the Russian ammo corrosively primed?