Copy of revolver GRAH William

The revolver 1910 gas seal would have been imagined by firm NAGANT in LIEGE, this weapon rising directly from the NAGANT 1895 (Russian type).

However, it proves that this weapon would never have been patented by NAGANT.

Moreover this special NAGANT 1910 is excessively rare to meet.

In same time, the firm William GRAH made patent her 1910 on February 11, 1910.

Two patents of improvements followed soon.

It seems that GRAH lock and that of the NAGANT are rather different, the GRAH being simpler, the only similar parts being the bar and the obturator.

The weapon of William GRAH, Jonckeu dead end, 8 in Liege is officially called MODEL 1910 gas seal for the cartridge NAGANT 7,63 (3 lines Russian) or 8 mm Lebel.

The cylinder with 7 shots falls on the left. It is equipped with a star extractor and a pawl of opening in front of the barrel. The weapon is also equipped with a safety on the left side.

The barrel is round with a front sight in half-moon.

The console carries in theory the marking of the firm is a kangaroo surrounded of initials “WG” and “Trade Mark”. The plates of grips (on the original in moulded horn or gutta-perched) carries a George Saint to horse surrounded of initials WG. Doesn't your specimen with plates out of squared wooden carry any of these markings what leaves think that it is perhaps about a copy?? Finally the stick ends in a ring of suspension.

This weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

V under star: countermark of the controller post 1877.

R crowned: rifled bore, of use of 1894 to 1968.

Doesn't the L crowned struck the back face of the cylinder belong to the proofhouse, without unfortunately any certainty we think that it should belong to the founder of cylinder? This assumption remains nevertheless to be confirmed.