Grip kit for the Russian "Nagant" gas-seal revolver...
These kits are different because they consist of three parts, and include two short screws which enter the backside of
each grip panel and hold the panel to the gun frame (on the right side) or the removable sideplate (on the left side). The
spacer piece secures to the removable sideplate, but it uses the screw that comes with the gun because the threads are
cut in the sideplate hole itself. Other than sanding the spacer to a good fit, and possibly filing the spacer screw hole slightly to
allow the spacer to move up or down a bit for exact fit to a particular gun, there should not be a lot of work to do in
order to make these grips fit your gun.
Please note that to remove the left grip, you only need to remove the side plate (one screw on the right
side of the frame secures the panel) and then unscrew the grip from the inside. To remove the right grip,
you will need to remove the mainspring (combined hammer and trigger v-shaped leaf spring). The spring has
a projection that fits into the frame just under the "V" portion of the spring. It is what keeps the spring
in position at the rear. The lower arm fits into a notch in the trigger, and the upper arm flexes under
the lower surface of the hammer. The trigger guard is held in position by a screw at the top front. If you loosen this screw, you can swing the trigger guard downward and provide some room to move the trigger
and spring. But to actually remove the spring, grasp it with the thumb and forefinger of both hands and squeeze it slightly, then lift up at the rear or V to pull the projection from the frame, and move the
spring to the rear to free it. Wear safety goggles just in case! The spring doesn't move very far and it
isn't all that difficult to pinch closed, but don't use tools! You do not want to scratch the spring.
If you would like to have a set of grips expertly fitted to your Nagant, Rob Reiding offers the service at a nominal price. To
get pricing, contact information, details, and see pictures of his work, visit Blue Condor web site.
If you order grips especially for fitting by Rob, you can use the "note" to indicate what size and depth of screw
holes might be made, whether to leave the grips without screw mounting hardware, or other special preparation.