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The Russian M1870 Galand: One Very Odd Revolver of Yesterday

Russian M1870 Galand

This old-school revolver is a weird but unique weapon unlike any other revolver you’ve seen, let alone shot. 

Ian from Forgotten Weapons gives us great details on the strange Russian M1870 Galand Revolver.

Ian from Forgotten Weapons has quite an interesting piece to share. This revolver, patented in 1868 by a Frenchman named Galand, was first tried out by the Russians in 1870. The Russian Navy did adopt them, finding that these futuristic revolvers were the fast shooters of the day. There was also some commercial sales success.

The Russian M1870 Galand is a metallic cartridge firing revolver with a lever that is part of the trigger guard. Moving that lever forward allows for loading and unloading. This large-bore revolver fired a black powder metallic cartridge of around .44 to .45 caliber in diameter in single or double action.

In its day, this fast loading and shooting revolver was ahead of its time. Even today, it would be unwise to bother a shooter armed with a Russian M1870 Galand Revolver.

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The Russian M1870 Galand: One Very Odd Revolver of Yesterday