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Aha! My first Handgun!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Spiggy, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Spiggy

    Spiggy Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's been a long while since I've done something cool.
    Today, I'd like to share my first handgun purchase with you all.

    A freind of mine had spotted a few of these guys floating on the local forums so he jumped on one and had me go over and buy it. Looks Awesome!
    Ammo will be tough, but we will prevail!

    Anyone have book suggestions about this gun and it's variations? I'd like to study up on how to take this thing apart- my dad refuses to let me handle it any more until I know how to properly maintain it.

    Right, it's a Webley Mk4 tanker in .38 caliber... dated 1944 however the trigger is marked "Mk1" Peculiar!
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2007
  2. hexidismal

    hexidismal Well-Known Member

    Bizarre choice for a first handgun, but it should be interesting. :) Neat gun to have anyway. Wish you the best if luck with it. Ammo will generally be expensive, BUT the Magtech .38S&W LRNs can be had fairly reasonably.

    I'm pretty sure you know it already.. but just to be absolutely positively safe.. I'll mention that the gun is chambered for .38S&W, not the same thing as modern .38.
  3. M1 Shooter

    M1 Shooter Well-Known Member

    Actually it's chambered for .380 British revolver, which coincedently matches the .38 S&W's dimensions. ;)

    The British military loads used a 200gr lead "manstopper" bullet which was later changed to a 178gr FMJ. The .38 S&W is typically only available with a 145 or 146gr lead round nose bullet, and because of this lighter weight bullet it won't shoot to the sights on that revolver since it was regulated for the heavier .380 British military loads. However, you can handload equivalents to the British military loads with cast bullets, or just hold "off". Good luck with it, be safe, and have fun! :D
  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Nice revolver, more pics would be nice... It looks like someone will be reloading soon if they want to shoot their gun often.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Cool first choice. :cool:
  6. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member


    It's an Enfield, not a Webley :D

    Enfield was England's largest military armory, as for example, Springfield Armory was in the United States. While it looks Like a Webley (which they copied) the internal lockwork is mostly Colt, with a little Smith & Wesson. The hammer was supposedly despured because of tankers' complaints that the spur would snag when they were getting in or out of their tanks.

    Try a Google search on Enfield No.2 Mk 1* revolvers and you should find some more useful information. (The * denotes the spurless version).

    Check out www.ima-usa.com They have some original acessories, such as belts, holsters, lanyards etc.
  7. Spiggy

    Spiggy Well-Known Member

    ArcangelCD: I'm already realoading for my 7.7 arisaka and .303 british... can't hurt to throw this in right?

    Old Fuff: Enfield!? Aha! well that explains why I can't figure out the parts! I've got the wrong book!

    Hum, is it possible to use webley parts and give it SA?
  8. bill larry

    bill larry Well-Known Member

    Spiggy...get yourself some Lee dies in .38S&W, a 100 round bag of starline brass, and some 158 grain SWC in .358. Total cost around $60 bucks, and you'll have paid for it all after shooting 100 rounds.
  9. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Well you could try... :evil: :D

    Go to www.e-gunparts.com and I think you can find a listing for the Enfield No.2 Mk. 1* with available parts and an exploded view drawing that you might find interesting.
  10. O.S.O.K.

    O.S.O.K. Well-Known Member


    I've got one of those too. :)

    And its great that you handload!

    You will find with research that the 38 Smith and Wesson actually needs a slightly larger diameter bullet than the standard .357-.358" bullets that the 38 Special and .357 Magnum use.

    I know of no source for correct size bullets but a very good "substitute" is either Speer or Hornady swaged .358" hollow based wad cutters.

    Because they have the thin "skirt" and they are very soft, they easily bump-up to fit the bore and give very good accuracy.

    At least that's been my experience with them.

    I would also sugest looking into using Hodgdons Trail Boss propellant - this is the stuff that is light and fluffy and fills the case with standard charges. It's meant for cowboy action but will work really well for this application too.

    You should be able to get it to shoot to point of aim too with a little load experimentation.


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