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Just because I need a break...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SaxonPig, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    From discussions on ARs and politics.

    Wanted one of these for many years. But asking prices were always way too high IMO (I just don't think they are worth $400, dammit). A couple years ago I saw this one on a table at a local show. It was tagged at $100. The seller explained it was cheap because it needed repairs, the action was frozen.

    I bagged it and when I got home I poured some solvent through it and brown, semi-liquid sludge flowed out. After flushing all the congealed grease out it worked slick as can be.

    The 38 S&W cases are readily available and I load .357" lead bullets. Despite the bullets being a bit under-sized the gun will shoot palm-sized groups at 15 yards (and it is DA only). I find the break action a hoot to shoot. Gun is dated 1943 to go with my other WW II era firearms.

  2. birdshooter

    birdshooter Well-Known Member

    That is really cool. What make and model is it?
  3. skt239

    skt239 Well-Known Member

    That is certainly a tiring debate. Make your opinion known through the ballot box or in letters to elected representatives. At least that way it's doing some good... As for the revolver, it's beautiful, congrats.
  4. KTXdm9

    KTXdm9 Well-Known Member

    Nice top break revolver. What make is it?
  5. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I bet sitting around sipping glenmorangie portwood with Saxon and chatting guns would be a hell of a lot of fun.
  6. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    It's an Enfield, I don't collect these, so I can't remember the mark number.

    Edited to reflect the info posted below:

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  7. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

    It appears to be a very nice example of an Enfield Number 2 Mark I**

    Here's mine:

  8. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Nice old Enfield you found there. Years ago I picked up a Webley Mk. IV in similar condition and it cleaned up rather nicely as well.
  9. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    One used to be able to pick up 'Wartime Finish' Webleys for about $150 to $200. Now the prices are North of $400. The Militaria collectors have bottomless pockets and it is IMPOSSIBLE to compete with them.
  10. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Well-Known Member

    I've got one of these puppies. Haven't ever shot it, though.

    Attached Files:

  11. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Well-Known Member

    Nice pistol and very intriquing. And it reminds me.....

    When our local Big 5 used to have milsurps, specifically No. 4 Enfields, I could never figure out why all their bores looked so horribly rusted. Then one day I bought one and brought it home and found it wasn't rust at all, rather dried grease! Probably the same stuff that was in your pistol!!

  12. Boostedtwo

    Boostedtwo Well-Known Member

    Good buy, always a good day when you get a deal on a firearm
  13. AethelstanAegen

    AethelstanAegen Well-Known Member

    I also needed a break, so I bought a S&W Safety Hammerless. I'd say the condition's rougher but not too shabby for a 114/115 year old revolver. It's also in .38 S&W so it looks like I'm going to have to get into handloading.

  14. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    I never have had a great deal of personal interest in the Webley/Enfield revolvers, I guess I just always thought they were too homely. However, I have thinking lately, that I should have bought one when they were cheap.

    Nice lemon squeezer AA!
  15. jj1962hemi

    jj1962hemi Well-Known Member

    I've regrettably passed on a few Webleys and Enfields over the past five years ($2-300), but did get a great deal on a S&W No. 3 Safety too. For as little as I shoot it, I'm OK with paying $0.60/round.

    Thanks for the great distraction from the day's events!
  16. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    Nice. Are those DAO by deign or only because they deleted the hammer spurs?

    GuessdI'm wondering, can a fella put a spurred hammer on one and get all single action with it?
  17. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

    The Enfield Number 2 Mark 1 was a DA/SA revolver. During WWII production was simplified to the Number 2 Mark I* DAO. It was further simplified to the Mark I**, but most were converted back to Mark I*.

    It is possible to convert a Mark I* back to a DA/SA Mark I if you have the proper parts.
  18. AethelstanAegen

    AethelstanAegen Well-Known Member

    Thanks, highpower. I'm really enjoying it.

    An Enfield has been on my list for quite a while but the last gun show I went to only had one WAY over priced, but the lemon squeezer caught my eye so it wasn't a total bust.

    Saxonpig, you always manage to make a new post to make me supremely jealous of your finds...haha. That is a very nice Enfield!
  19. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    Always nice to own a peace of history.

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