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M98
Tagan M98
Basic Information
Type Semi-Automatic Pistol
Place of Origin Fanaglia
Service History
In Service 1898-
Used by Fanaglia, Patisserie-Goulash, Voerdeland, Hacha Hatak
Wars Unknown
Production History
Designer Alonso Tagan
Designed 1895-1897
Manufacturer Tagan Arms
Number Built Unknown
Variants Entier

Petit (Short barrel, small grip)

Grosse .45
(.45 TAP)

Tir Rapide
(full-automatic)

Specifications
Weight 1,130 g (40 oz)
Length 312 mm (12.3 in) (Entier)

271 mm (10.7 in) (Petit)

Barrel Length 140 mm (5.5 in) (Entier)

99 mm (3.9 in) (Petit)


Cartridge 7.63x25mm Tagan

.45 TAP

Action Short recoil
Rate of Fire Unknown
Muzzle Velocity 425 m/s (1,394 ft/s)
Effective Range Unknown
Feed System 10 round internal magazine fed by stripper clip or removable magazine
The Tagan M98 is a semi-automatic pistol that began production by the Fanaglian arms manufacturer Tagan Arms in 1898. Unlicensed copies of the gun were also manufactured in Voerdeland in the first half of the 20th century.

The distinctive characteristics of the M98 are the integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the long barrel, the wooden shoulder stock which can double as a holster or carrying case and a round, wooden grip. In the French-speaking world, it was nicknamed the "box cannon" (French: canon boîte) because of its square-shaped internal magazine and the fact it could be holstered in its wooden box-like detachable stock.

The Tagan M98, with its shoulder stock, long barrel, and high-velocity cartridge, had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols; the 7.63×25mm Tagan cartridge was the highest velocity commercially manufactured pistol cartridge until the advent of the .357 Magnum cartridge in 1935. After the development of the .45 TAP caliber cartridge by Tagan Arms in 1906, a .45 TAP variant was made available the following year and was referred to as la Grosse .45 ("the Fat .45").

Tir Rapide VariantEdit

The Voerdish gunmaking firm Izhevskovna began producing detachable magazine-fed, select-fire versions of the M98 in 1925. Tagan Arms began production of the Tir Rapide (or "Fast-fire"), their own select-fire, detachable magazine version of the M98 designed by Rene Durant. Production started in 1929. This has led to its unofficial designation of "M29" by collectors.