Webley Revolver Questions


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Dr. Sandman
January 18, 2013, 06:53 PM
I found a Webley revolver for sale, and I like it. It is a Mark V and it says ".38" on the side. The serial number is A38xxx. Does this all make sense? Has this gun been retooled? Is it really a Mark V or is it a Mark IV? Does it fire the .38 S&W cartridge? Asking Price is $500. Does anybody have any thoughts about this gun? Anybody have any info about the serial number? Thanks in advance.

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9 fingers
January 18, 2013, 07:24 PM
You might want to check with The Firearms Forum if you do not get the answers here.
9 fingers

murdoc rose
January 18, 2013, 07:36 PM
It's a mk IV 38-200 service revolver in 380-200 more than likely. No way to tell for sure without a picture.

Collector0311
January 19, 2013, 12:40 PM
Sandman, I hope you don't mind if I piggyback on this post!
I also found a Webley near me. LGS said it was a MkVI, 450. But machined to accept .45acp
I've never heard of this conversion but I've always wanted a Webley.
Is this conversion common? Safe?

Jaymo
January 19, 2013, 06:11 PM
IIRC, i's common, but not safe.

MAKster
January 19, 2013, 06:28 PM
.38-200 is the British version of .38 S&W.

Jim K
January 19, 2013, 06:43 PM
AFAIK, Webley commercial Marks never reached V (5); they ended at IV. There was a British government Mk V but it was in .455.

Jim

Vern Humphrey
January 20, 2013, 06:01 PM
If the markings are correct, and you have is an Webley MK V, it would be in .455 Webley and made from 1913 into WWI. This is the rarest of the Webleys, and if unaltered is quite a collector's item

On the other hand, if it is a .38 (British equivallent to .38 S&W) then it is probably an Enfield No. 2 MK I.

Jaymo
January 20, 2013, 06:15 PM
I'd like to have a Webley or Enfield. I like that 380/200 load. 200 grain with a wide, pretty flat nose, soft lead bullet. Not the best SD round out there, but a far cry from the worst.
I'd really only want it for a fun gun, though.

Radagast
January 20, 2013, 07:00 PM
Collector0301:
There is a decent discussion of converted Webleys here:
http://britishmilitariaforums.yuku.com/topic/9296/CAUTION--455-REVOLVERS-ALTERED--SHOOT-45-ACP--45-Auto-Rim

Includes some pics of one that blew up.
.455 Webley = 13200 PSI.
.45 ACP = 21000 PSI.

So not a safe conversion unless you handload .45 ACP to .455 pressure levels.

Jaymo
January 20, 2013, 07:10 PM
If I ever find a converted Webley, in good shape, for a good price, I'll probably buy it and load it with BP, a BP sub, or Trail Boss.

Kaeto
January 20, 2013, 07:39 PM
I load a .455 Webley Mk VI with .45 ACP on moon clips and .45 Auto Rim with 3.6-4 grains of bullseye and a 255 grain .454 LRN projectile.

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