Fabrique d'armes Émile et Léon Nagant (Nagant)
Former type Private
Industry firearms
Fate Acquired
Founded 1859 (1859) in Liège, Belgium
Founder(s) Émile Nagant, Léon Nagant
Defunct 1931 (1931)
Headquarters Liège, Belgium
Area served Worldwide
Products firearms
Parent Impéria
References: Major contributors to the design of the Mosin-Nagant service rifle by Russia and then by the USSR
Nagant Phaeton 1910

The firm Fabrique d'armes Émile et Léon Nagant was established in 1859 in Liège, Belgium, to manufacture firearms.

Émile (born 1830) and Léon (born 1833) Nagant were brothers, and probably best known for their important contributions to the design of the Mosin-Nagant Russian service rifle, adopted in 1891.[1] This introduction to the Tsar's military administration led to the adoption, in 1895, of the Nagant M1895 revolver as their standard-issue sidearm.[2] By this time, Émile's progressive blindness had led to his withdrawal from the firm which had been renamed "L. Nagant & Cie, Liége."

Car manufacture

Later, the firm moved to the manufacture of automobiles; Nagant made cars under licence of the French firm Rochet-Schneider. Nagant cars were made from 1900 to 1927 or 1928. The firm was taken over by Impéria in 1931.[3]


  1. ^ Wood, J. B. (2003). The Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: Part 4 Centerfire Rifles. 4 (2 ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 383. ISBN 9780873496315. 
  2. ^ Jeff Kinard (2004). Pistols: An Illustrated History of Their Impact. ABC-CLIO. p. 161. ISBN 1851094709. 
  3. ^ Baldwin, Nick (1987). The World guide to automobile manufacturers. Facts on File Publications. p. 342. ISBN 9780816018444. 

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