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This is a Webley WG(government) model 1886 in 455/476ca. I know its not a Colt but they beat the pants of em back in the day, at Wembley, when they held gun matches there instead of tennis! Screenshot_2015-06-14-08-38-28-1.jpg
Nice: Easy-to-conceal grip area, no annoying boss-and-screw right where your middle finger meets the triggerguard, inherently accurate design and execution.
Not So Nice: A huge bullet comes out, but at "I can run faster than that" speed.
Worst of All: The top-break action is inherently weak, so I can't "juice up" the ballistics with a stiff handload.
Webleys and Enfields, and Adamses and Tranters as well, are really neat, intricate, and complex mechanical contraptions.
I can see why you collect Webleys. They fascinate me too.
The 'round button' is a Pryse style cylinder release. It turns 180'. It was last of this style before the more recognisible lever appeared, around 1888. Very short run on early WG's. It did feature the Webley/Pryse simultaneous extraction system the top breaks are known for. Yes, 476&/or455 Mk I BP cartridge.
Turns out only three examples of this gun have been cataloged to date. S/n's#: 1965,1969 and 1276. The debate is that these guns were a transition between the Webley-Wilkinson and the first WG's. Marked only as Webley's Patents.
Last edited by lewwallace; 07-01-2015 at 09:16 AM.