7.62x38R Nagant

7.62x38mmR Nagant cartridge


Developed in Belgium during the 1890’s, the 7.62x38R cartridge was especially designed for Belgian Nagant revolvers which featured a unique gas-sealed action.

The bullet is seated deep into the cartridge case. Prior to firing, the cylinder of the revolver moves forward, so that the cartridge mouth enters the barrel to provide a gas seal between the cylinder and bore. It was extensively used in Russia and the USSR, as well as in Poland. Today this round is obsolete.


Designation Manufacturer Bullet weight, g Muzzle velocity, m/s Muzzle energy, J Comments
FMJ 7 270 255 flat-nosed bullet deeply seated into the cartridge case