Fabrique d'armes Émile et Léon Nagant

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Fabrique d'armes Émile et Léon Nagant
Industry firearms, vehicles
Fate Acquired
Founded 1859 (1859) in Liège, Belgium
Founder Émile Nagant
Léon Nagant
Defunct 1931 (1931)
Headquarters Liège, Belgium
Area served
Products firearms, automobiles
Parent Impéria
Footnotes / references
Major contributors to the design of the Mosin–Nagant service rifle by Russia and then by the USSR

The firm Fabrique d'armes Émile et Léon Nagant, later known as L. Nagant & Cie, Liège was established in 1859 in Liège, Belgium, to manufacture firearms. It later manufactured automobiles as well.


The company was founded by brothers Émile (born 1830) and Léon (born 1833). The company is best known for Émile's contribution 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 (designed by Léon) as their standard-issue sidearm.[2] By this time, Émile's progressive blindness had led to his retirement from the firm which had been renamed "L. Nagant & Cie, Liège."

Nagant Phaeton 1910

Car manufacture[edit]

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 1928. The firm was purchased 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 978-0-87349-631-5. 
  2. ^ Jeff Kinard (2004). Pistols: An Illustrated History of Their Impact. ABC-CLIO. p. 161. ISBN 1-85109-470-9. 
  3. ^ Baldwin, Nick (1987). The World guide to automobile manufacturers. Facts on File Publications. p. 342. ISBN 978-0-8160-1844-4.