Girlfriend's Grandfather Wants Me To Put Together Revolver: ID?


Deer Hunter
August 5, 2008, 03:16 PM
My girlfriend just sent me a picture of a revolver that her grandfather wants me to put together.

So am I looking at a Webly, here? :eek:

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August 5, 2008, 03:18 PM
Looks like a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range to me.


lee n. field
August 5, 2008, 03:23 PM
I see no picture, eh?

August 5, 2008, 03:29 PM
The picture is a red "x" right now.

Deer Hunter
August 5, 2008, 03:32 PM
Fixed link.

August 5, 2008, 03:44 PM
Yeah, it's a Webley. Looks like it's missing some parts.

Deer Hunter
August 5, 2008, 03:50 PM
From what she's telling me he may have all the parts, just some arn't pictured. She also tells me that he lost the "bullet clips" that came with the gun when he bought it, so I'm guessing it's been modified to fit .45 ACP.

He took it appart long ago and doesn't know how to put it back together. He knows I'm a gun guy so he wants me to play with it.

August 5, 2008, 10:45 PM
IIRC, that particular variation of Webley isn't terribly common.

Claude Clay
August 5, 2008, 11:08 PM
may the force be with you

August 5, 2008, 11:54 PM
Look on line for a assembly/disassembly guide for the Webley revolvers, and or check with AGI to see if they have a video guide .

Looks like a fun project, but if you haven't done one before you will likely need some assistance via a guide, or a person who is familiar with them.

Deer Hunter
August 5, 2008, 11:57 PM
I'll definantly get some online help with this one. I've never worked on a webly before. And yes, I thought the shorter barrel made it a bit more rare.

August 6, 2008, 10:01 PM
Check with Numerich Arms for any missing parts if needed and they do carry schematics for alot of firearms , for referance. I am venturing a guess of a Mark IV Webley in .45 caliber from your info. Looked at one awhile back, a conversion done so they would sell on the U.S. market. I was told to keep the loads mild as some of them were prone to come apart from to much pressure of the .45 round. Same diameter as the .455 webley round but the rear face of the cylinder was machined so you could drop in " moon clips " with the .45 rounds and that is where the extra pressure came from, the .45 acp round is abit hotter then the .455. FWIW, hope this helps, still a neat gun cuz of the mechanical design.

Deer Hunter
August 7, 2008, 12:57 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm headed up to Houston today for a visit and I'll be checking out the revolver then. I'll be sure to get pics!

Deer Hunter
August 8, 2008, 02:07 PM

It's a Webley Mark III, .38 caliber revolver. Not a .45 like the owner made it sound like.

I can't seem to find a guide or assembly instructions anywhere on the ineternet for this thing. All the parts are there, though.

August 8, 2008, 02:22 PM

Deer Hunter
August 8, 2008, 03:28 PM
Alright, I got it back together.

However, the trigger wont reset when fired double action and the hammer wont stay cocked when the hammer is pulled back to fire single action.

I'm thinking it's something with the trigger mechanism. I'll do some more work on it.

Also, the cylinder wont turn when cocked in either DA or SA motion.

Deer Hunter
August 8, 2008, 04:10 PM
Ok, I've messed with it a bit and I see what is sorta wrong with it.

Mainspring is really weak. It needs to be replaced.

Also, the cylinder will only turn when the trigger is pulled DA if the gun is pointed toward the floor.

And as I said previously, the trigger will not reset. I'm thinking some parts are worn, but the trigger not resetting? That confuses me. Anyone know what's going on?

Deer Hunter
August 9, 2008, 10:58 PM
One more post! I swear!

The grandfather just gave me the revolver. I fixed it up the best I could, knowing I'll need to order a few new parts for it, and gave it back to my girlfriend to give to her grandfather. I left town soon after.

I got a call today from my girlfriend's father, telling me that when he tried giving the gun back to his dad the grandfather shook his head and said "That's Nick's! He fixed it after all."

So now I own a Webley Mark III .38 S&W.

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