Pontifical rifle Remington-Nagant.

It is in 1867 that the brothers Emile and Leon NAGANT quay of Ourthe, 41 in Liege obtained brothers REMINGTON the authorization to manufacture under license 5.000 rifles ROLLING BLOCK bound for the pontifical zouaves of Rome. These weapons were ordered by the Belgian Catholics at the end of 1867 for the army Vatican

This robust and simple weapon was also adopted by various European countries like Denmark, Spain, Norway and Sweden.

In 1869, brothers NAGANT appreciably modified the system with block rolling of American rifle and gradually will improve it during nearly five years.

This weapon with one shot, with barrel white polished, round and marked of five sides to the thunder is equipped with a rise with cursor. Its caliber should be of 11,3 mm. His stock in drowning consists of a long barrel and a right stock finished by a plate of iron curved and finished by two screws. The weapon is also equipped with an iron rod with head in the pear shape.

It carries the punches of the bench of tests of Liege, namely:

Spangled ELG in an oval: final acceptance, of use of 1846 to 1893.

Peron: inspection, post 1853.

A crowned letter which is the countermark of a controller (of use of 1853 to 1877) is not visible on the photographs but should be present in theory on the weapon.

The weapon also carries the following marks:

Surmounted cross keys of a tiara: mark of the Vatican - cross keys of Pierre Saint.

F 1 12608: should be the job number of the weapon.

PATENT REMINGTON: without comment.

EM and L NAGANT A LIEGE: also without comment.

H in a circle: this mark is unknown for me. It could perhaps be a question of a mark of inspection and/or reception?


Many thanks to Oscar for the nices pictures.

Here is that of the medium

And here is that of right-hand side

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