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(UK) Gun amnesty brings in a rare .455 Webley & Scott Mark 1

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  1. Drizzt

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    Gun windfall for pensioner


    A pensioner in north-east England is set to become an unexpected beneficiary of the national firearms amnesty, after handing in a rare pistol.

    The woman from County Durham, who has not been named, gave up the World War I family heirloom during the current amnesty, after it had been forgotten in her home for 50 years.

    Officers have now told her the pistol is a rare .455 Webley & Scott Mark 1, one of only 50 originally made in 1913 for the Royal Horse Artillery.

    The first manufactured batch of this weapon was only 2,500 pistols, with many of them going to the Admiralty.

    They were later used by pilots in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I.

    Bullets can no longer be bought for the weapon, and the manufacturer now concentrates on making airguns.

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    Inspector Roy Smith, of the force's operations division, said: "We expect there will be national and even international interest when it is finally offered for sale."

    The last Webley & Scott Mark 1 to reach the market sold for more than £1,000.

    Officers were able to track the woman down and give back the weapon, which she now intends to sell to a museum or collector.

    The pistol was among 105 weapons and 2,300 rounds of ammunition handed over in County Durham under the national firearms amnesty, which began on 31 March.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/2959241.stm
     
  2. CZ-75

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    This is surprising. I'm shocked they didn't just melt it down.
     
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  4. Mike Irwin

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    Doesn't say it, but this is obviously one of the W&S semi-autos.

    They had a funky wooden holster that could be used as a shoulder stock.
     
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    hahaha! ... I just love that media-type inaccuracy ...... why don't they say ''ammunition'' ...... hell, there are bullets around that can be obtained, that'd suit .... probably cast.!:p

    I have a Webley MkVi ... and I think it is still possible to get loaded ammo .. but anyways ... Fiocchi cases are available and i load ammo for mine using these..... and my own cast bullets.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Yep, you can still get rimmed ammo for your .455 Webley revolvers, but I don't think anyone has made .455 Webley Automatic ammunition since the 1950s.

    It's very similar to the .45 ACP round, but uses a much blunter bullet. Looks something like a Makarov round on steroids, in fact.
     
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    Thx Mike ... yeah, did occur to me after posting, that of course here we are dealing with a rimless .. duh .. didn't stop to think did I!! Very much, a rare animal.
     
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    I think there may have been more Colt 1911s made in .455 Automatic than there were Webley & Scott Mk Is.
     
  9. 4v50 Gary

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    Is it only because the ammunition is scarce that she can get it back? Can someone explain English law to me please?
     
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