Just seen that there was no Webley Topic here.. Whats up with that???
Too Bad, Sure is a Great Gun And Unique
Unique? Yes. I'm sure you're aware of the above. I've seen them from time to time show up at gun shows along with other firearms of that era. Not that there's anything wrong with them, but they're mostly collectors items. It would indeed at least here in the United States, be rare to see people carrying them around and using them on a daily basis. Same for Luger's or Borchardt's. Which were also manufactured around the same time period. 1911's are a different story as they and their variants have withstood the test of time and are still being manufactured today by God only knows how many manufacturers? It would indeed be rare to find only a small number of handgunner's who do not own or at least have owned a 1911 at one time or the other.The Webley Revolver (also known as the Webley Top-Break Revolver or Webley Self-Extracting Revolver) was, in various marks, the standard issue service pistol for the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the British Empire, and the Commonwealth from 1887 until 1963. It was manufactured between 1887 and 1923
When I was rebuilding the engine on one of my antique cars which was not an early (1930's) V8 Ford. I had the same problem getting information, as not too many people own this particular car not even back then. Only 2473 were ever manufactured and they sold for around $4,000 back in the 30's. Those that did own them, both then and now happened to be wealthy people who could afford to pay others to do the work. The same situation may apply to early collectable firearms. You may want to look into whether or not there's a club or organization regarding those types of firearms. Better yet where to find parts for them and how to fix them should anything go wrong. Best of luck to you!
1. Look (using the forum's "search" utility) for all posts by the member lewwallace. He collects Webleys, and he knows them well.
2. Many .455 Webleys in the US were converted to use .45 ACP in "half-moon" clips. Doing that vastly increases their utility, but completely ruins their collectibility.
I once knew someone who carried a converted Webley as his primary self-defense weapon. He explained its suitability by pointing out that emptying and reloading it was done quickly and easily.
Another person of my acquaintance armed his wife with a converted Webley because its trigger action was smooth and fairly light, and because she could do its entire "manual of arms" without any trouble. He also stashed another converted Webley in a bookcase near his front door, because, at the time, they were available for relatively little money.
My own first pistol was an Enfield Mk.1, which was a modernized, 38-caliber version of the Webley. I even had the .22-rimfire conversion kit for it.
I have the Webley Mark IV .38 Revolver made in 1954 by Webley & Scott, Ltd
i do think it was made for the HongKong Police??? but i am not 100% on that
i would have thought more of you guys would have owned one or maybe 2 of them ....
also yes the 1911 is very common i have owned may of the 1911's all in .45acp, not that 9mm crap they chambered them in (Shaking my Head)
No Marking's as i see for stating that it was for the HongKong Police.....
and ill search Lewwallace and see what he has
Use a lower-case "l" for lewwallace.
I suggest sending him a PM, to begin a conversation.
He has a good attitude, and a nice sense of humor.
Thanx Steve! Yup, can and will help to best of my ability, even tho if has to do w/ugly, old, unintresting guns! (sed w/tongue firmly in cheek)
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When I was very young, top break revolvers could be had from junk shops or second hand stores for $1.50 ~ $2.00 apiece. These mostly old H&R, Iver Johnson or Marlin revolvers. Most were in bad condition, most common thing worn locking lugs atop the frame. Easily reworked at the nearby service station to put back into shooting condition an sold for $5.00 or so.
This led me to a distrust for top breaks, plus when I got into real shooting, my interest lay in .45 Colt, .44 Special or .357 Magnum revolvers. Now over the fire-breathin' stage of study, the Webleys do now pique my interest.
Not enough to run out and buy one, though!
They are definitely cool revolvers with a great history. There just aren't many good ones available for most folks. I've only held a couple of nice ones in 40 years of being aware of them, and actually fired one of the .45 ACP conversions. There's no need to get too excited about something you are unlikely to ever own, in my view, so I enjoy them when I see them, and forget about them the rest of the time.
I humbly and sincerely beg Her Majesty's pardon! I mayhaps, sometimes, be somewhat of a poltroon!!