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Well, here is the pistol that I have been looking for for quite some time. Nothing particularly special, but it is a non-refurbushed, non-import marked 1937 Tula Nagant revolver. I am particularly interested, from a historical perspective, in that dark period of the Stalinist regime known as the Большая чистка or Bolshaya chistka (aka, The Great Purge).























The bluing on the pistol is in great shape for its age and the pistol appears to be all-matching (serial number on frame and cylinder), however, there are three digits stamped on the left side of the barrel just below the front side blade. The numbers are "3_4_9", but curiously the "4" is not stamped inline with the "3" and the "9", but is instead, quite a bit lower. Does this indicate a replacement barrel? If so, I would not be surprised as the bore on the barrel looks really nice for a 70-year old revolver!



I did, however, pay for a pistol whose description had it listed as "all matching" and "original". If this is not the case, by how much money is the value of this revolver reduced? I may ask the seller whether he would consider a partial refund.

The other interesting mark I have not come across before and thus I am curious about is this one -



It looks like a "3" with a smaller font "P" both of which are inside a circle. Is anyone familiar with this mark which I assume is some type of proof mark?

Thanks for the education and the advice concerning value.

Tim
 

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I am not sure what you paid for it, but it looks great. A revolver with soul.
 

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Well, I just got back from the range and have great news to report! I dropped a .32 ACP conversion cylinder into my 1937 Tula and the pistol performed flawlessly!!! Not a single misfire and I placed the majority of 14 shots within a three inch group firing from a bench-rested position at 25 yards.

Regardless of whether the barrel is a replacement or is original to the revolver, I am one happy camper. Nevertheless, I still would like to hear the opinions of the more senior Nagant collectors on this point. Has anyone ever seen a barrel with a numeric stamp like that shown above?

Inquiring/paranoid minds want to know.

Tim
 

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Nice pistol. I just got my first Nagant revolver (Finally!) Mine is also a 1937 Tula (refurb). I love it. They have a great feel to them in my hand. Need to get another one now!
 
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