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Old 11-06-2010, 04:10 AM
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Default Filling my ridiculous gun quota...

Although I've been squirreling away quite abit of money to buy a house next year, I've come across a few guns I couldn't say no to recently. Been working 3 jobs, I figure I've earned the odd indulgence.

First one was a Belgian Nagant M1878-86 in 9.4mm, marked to the Belgian Customs Service but would have been pressed into service with the army during WW1 to supplement the FN 1900 pistol which had just replaced it. I've been looking for a Belgian Nagant for a long time and they are HARD to find. First one I've ever seen for sale anywhere.



Then a Spanish Jo.Lo.Ar. pistol in 9mm Largo, which was used in some numbers by irregular forces during the Spanish Civil War. Very unusual design, it's an unlocked breech blowback in a large calibre, the lever on the side (called a palanca) is for one handed cocking and it's actually the first pistol designed with a barrel that tips up for loading. It's pretty beat up, but rare enough that I'll live with it.




Finally a Japanese T-26 revolver in 9mm Japanese, which aren't that rare in the States but, like anything Japanese, extremely hard to find in Canada. So much so that I'm actually importing it from the States, partly to see if it's practical. Very neat gun, break open that locks up like an old S&W, double action only, shoots a round that is almost but not quite a .38 S&W. Obsolete in WW2, but still commonly issued to NCOs.

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Old 11-06-2010, 06:56 AM
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Your interesting collection grows ever more interesting, Nyles!
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:47 AM
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How does that palanca work?
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:49 PM
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The Japanese revovler actually looks like it wouldn't explode when stared at a little harder than normal. That's pretty rare in Japanese pistols
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:21 AM
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Actually I've read some pretty good stuff about the quality of the Type 26 (introduced the 26th year of the Meiji Emperor which was 1893 for the rest of the world) revolver. It's load leaves alot to be desired, but they're pretty well made revolvers.

The breaktop design is basically the old Smith & Wesson breaktop feature. Which isn't surprising considering that the Imperial Japanese Navy used the S&W Russian revolver.

One neat feature is that the sideplate can be pivoted open and the lockparts can be removed for cleaning and lubrication without needing any tools. This same feature can be found on the Austro-Hungarian Rast & Gasser Model 98 revolver.

The revolver has no full cock feature and can't be thumb-cocked. This is similar to the British Enfield No. 2 Mk 1* , but the Enfield came along many decades after the Type 26 was introduced.

I've always thought that it would make a nice addition to my revolver collection. Congrats Nyles.
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The Japanese revovler actually looks like it wouldn't explode when stared at a little harder than normal. That's pretty rare in Japanese pistols
not all Japanese handguns are like the Shiki Kenju. Your redneck S&W elitism is showing ...
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:33 PM
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Exactly. The T-94 was not a great design, but the other Japanese service pistols were hardly on that level. And, by the way, the safety on the T-94 securely locks the sear, and ANY single-action pistol is unsafe to carry with the safety off. Military weapons get tested pretty extensively before being put into service, and they are rarely, if ever, dangerous when used properly with the ammunition they were inteded for. It's only when civilians get ahold of them that the problems start.

Thanks for the kind words all. Checkman, you actually made a very good point about the Enfield, I remember having the same conversation with a Japanese pistol collector. They are two very similar designs in operation and performance, but by the time the Enfield was first issued the T-26 had stopped being a primary-issued pistol for decades.

The palanca pivots down so it's parallel with the grip, and then the fingers of the firing hand are used to pull back the slide and chamber a round. When the pistol is fired the slide moving back with automatically cause it to flip out of the way. It's not a great feature, but the reason I find the Jo.Lo.Ar. so fascinating is that it's a whole collection of bad ideas.

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Does the Belgian Nagant have the same kind of crazy heavy trigger like the Russian m1895?
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:26 AM
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No, the Russian Nagant only has that because of the gas seal mechanism, and it's the only Nagant that has it.
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No, the Russian Nagant only has that because of the gas seal mechanism, and it's the only Nagant that has it.
I didn't know that. You learn something new every day...
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