The Mark IV is chambered in the. Traditionally, until the early s, revolvers had been the preserve of officers who provided their own privately purchased side arm. However, in the British Army began issuing revolvers to specialist troops such as gunners, NCOs and trumpeters. Externally, at a glance the Mark IV looks little different to its predecessors retaining the same short 4 inch barrel, the same general layout and the same style birdshead grip of the earlier Mk II and MkIII revolvers it replaced.
The first Webley service revolver, the MkI, was adopted officially in The MkIV embodied a number of important improvements. Webley made the barrel, body, cylinder and the cylinder axis from a special mild steel with the Ratchet teeth of extractor and Lifting point of pawl were case hardened to make them more durable.
Webley sought to maintain parts interchangeability with the earlier MkIII. This was tensioned by a v spring on the other side of the frame. The pistol also it has two triangular wings either side of the frame, just ahead of the cylinder, these guides aided the holstering of the revolver.
Previously the cylinder axis pin had been retained by a cross screw. In the new system a small hook engages a lip on the front of the cylinder, when the action was opened, and held it in the frame. At the base of the birdshead grip is a lanyard loop. When cocking the revolver you notice how heavy but smooth the hammer and trigger are. The MkIv had an integral rounded front sight, rising out of the top of the barrel and a simple notch rear sight cut into the frame latch.
It also had a recoil shield or back plate which was dovetailed into the frame to allow it to be replaced if it wore out. If you enjoyed the video and this article please consider supporting our work here. Overall Length: 9. Like Like. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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Like this: Like Loading Thanks for what you do. Excellent article, thanks for what you do. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.In the late s, the British military was looking for a replacement for the large and rather cumbersome Enfield pattern revolvers that were currently in service. His letter to the Surveyor General of Ordnance, dated July 8, noted that the Enfield revolver was " heavy and inconvenient".
In an attempt to show the Ordnance Department what he considered to be an appropriate revolver, Lord Wolseley sent his own "British Bulldog" based upon Philip Webley's design to the Ordnance Department as a sample. The result was a request for trial revolvers of top break, self-extracting design to chamber the standard British military. As no clear preference or advantage could be determined between the two systems, the English design of Philip Webley won out over the American design. This began a six-decade domination of British military revolver design by the Webley Company.
Philip Webley had entered the gun trade in Birmingham in at the age of He was apprenticed to a gun maker on Weaman Row, in the heart of the Birmingham gun-manufacturing district. Inat the completion of his years as an apprentice, Philip went to work for his brother James, who was also a gunmaker.
Three years later, Webley married Caroline Davis, the daughter of deceased mold and implement maker William Davis. Davis' wife Sarah had continued to run the business after her husband's death inand inPhilip purchased Davis' business from his mother in law.
Webley concentrated on improving percussion revolver designs and received a number of British patents for firearms improvements and innovations.
His "wedge frame" revolver design became a successful alternative to the more expensive Adams and Tranter guns that were forged with a solid, one-piece frame and barrel.
Webley really made his mark on the world of revolvers when hi introduced a cartridge revolver in that would become known as the Royal Irish Constabulary revolver. Webley's Mark I was a.
The double action mechanism utilizes a rebounding hammer for safety, keeping the firing pin away from the cartridge until the trigger is pulled, and has no half-cock position in the hammer pawl.
The revolver's design was robust and relatively simple, with a minimum of parts. A very strong, stirrup shaped locking system kept the action tightly closed, but the ergonomic thumb break release made the pistol easy to open and allowing the pistol to be opened and emptied with one hand.
The revolver had simple, fixed sights with the front sight machined integrally with the barrel and the rear sight notch machined into the locking mechanism. A 4" octagonal barrel was equipped with Metford style, 7-groove rifling, and a pair of wedge shaped wings machined on either side of the lower barrel web, forward of the cylinder, assisted in holstering the pistol and kept the cylinder from being hung up on the holster lip.
When the Webley Mark I revolver was accepted into service in it was initially utilized with the current.The British, notably along with the Americans and Russians, became enamored with the large bore revolver for issuance to cavalry troops, officers and other combatants unable to wield a rifle due to table of organization doctrines of the time.
They thus were already technologically more advanced in providing for trigger cocking so early in the development of cartridge revolvers. Most of these revolvers already featured the top-break design, which is far faster to extract and reload than the extremely slow gate loaded and unloaded SAA.
The notion was that officers should concern themselves with leading troops, not necessarily shooting as combatants. However, the need to police the Empire meant that the rapid development of. It was the first of six sub-variations. The revolver underwent further development, including changes to the butt shape, improvements in metallurgy, heat treatment of many components and changes in barrel length as a result of combat use.
The cartridge also changed over time. Most of the rounds contained lead round-nosed, flat point bullets weighing grains. The earliest Mk. I rounds were charged with black powder, although this was replaced with Cordite smokeless powder strands before the turn of the century.
One interesting development was a grain cylindrically shaped bullet with hollowed ends. The base cavity obturated in the barrel for gas seal, while the cup point was to provide expansion.
The British government duly changed the bullet to a full metal jacketed round nose design. Standard muzzle velocity MV of most of the rounds was approximately fps, although the last Mk. VI FMJ was purportedly driven to a leisurely fps. The round was one of the participants during the Thompson-La Garde ammunition trials for the U. The actual subject of this article is the most produced version, the Mk.
VI, and shooting impressions comments are from my brother, who owns it. Adopted in during WWI, it replaced but did not entirely supplant the earlier Mk. Produced using heat treated and casehardened steel and upgraded smaller components, it served through WWI in great numbers.
There are several noteworthy design features. First is the fitment of larger than average sights, with plenty of light showing around the front sight, to ease rapid aiming. These square post and notch sights were far better than any other handgun of the era. Second, the automatic and simultaneous extraction and ejection feature means that the Webley. Third, the design was rugged and withstood abuse and dirt better than its contemporaries.
Fourth, there is a pair of triangular wings ahead of the cylinder worn by most of the British service revolvers. These were to ease re-holstering in the issue flap holster, just a reminder of the thoughtfulness that went into the piece.
The stocks and butt shape were better than any of its contemporaries. There is no need for aftermarket grips or a Tyler T-Grip adapter, as the butt is comfortable in stock form. This also allowed a lot more powder residue to collect before that cleaning was required. Unlike a swing-out cylinder design, the Webley like all top-breaks have a cylinder and barrel in unit so alignment is potentially more accurate.The cookie settings on this website are set to 'allow all cookies' to give you the very best experience.
Please click Accept Cookies to continue to use the site. Top strap Parkerized metal finish, checkered brown hard rubber grips. Matching serial numbers. The cylinder has been shaved for use with Original bright blue finish, nickeled small parts and checkered hard rubber grips. Fixed front and Left side of Very rare, set of three 3 original "speed" loaders for Webley revolvers chambered for.
Each loader has what remains of its original bright blued finish. All three are maker marked P-Ld This is Shows about 97 percent of gold plating still. With some minor small scuffs on the frame Matching serial number cylinder. Fixed silver blade front sight. Right side of frame has Flying bullet. All mechanicals function just fine. Shows several handling marks. In very good condition. Fitted with a manual ejector, bright ring hammer, smooth trigger, and checkered grips.
Butt isAfter spending some time searching for a part for an older gun I thought that I would list some of the the places I found while looking. If you know of any others, feel free to add to this list. Bob's Gun Parts. Top Page Commercial Super Site. Last edited by xtratoy; at PM. That's a useful list. I'm going to stick it as a reference and alter the title a little. Further study shows the subject to be of almost unbelievable complexity. Remove Advertisements. Thankx for info I tried Numrich but I can't get through on phone and they will not answer my E mails Marshal Kane.
It's unlikely that you'll find a parts dealer who will be able to sell you a frame. If you're having a problem with a frame, you might be able to get it fixed by a gunsmith or even purchase a used duplicate gun for the parts.
These are an exact replica of the origonal from a high quality modern spring steel ,hardened and stress relieved to the correct temper and seem to work well. No complaint yet!!
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If you are in need may be I can help?? Springfield Sporters, Inc. As gunsmiths, my Dad and I have done business with Numrich since late 's, almost always will have what you need. Highly recommended. Good service from Jack First also. Screws for Stevens Actions and possibly others: Some of the strengthened screws may be purchased from: "Muzzleloader Builders Supply", P. Harden at degrees, and draw at Harden at degrees and draw at Last edited by chevwilliam; at AM.
Thanks for the additional info, chevwilliam. Originally Posted by unclenick. I recently found a reproduction Webley Mark VI extractor spring on Gunbroker after searching in vain for over a year to find a replacement for the broken spring in my Mark VI. It was a newly manufactured spring, not OEM, but it fits and works perfectly. There are two more available as I post this. The Old Coach. Sorry to say, my experience with Numrich has been rather mixed. Sometimes I've received good parts, other times I've received stuff that was rusty and barely usable.
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Please click Accept Cookies to continue to use the site. Top strap Parkerized metal finish, checkered brown hard rubber grips.
Matching serial numbers. The cylinder has been shaved for use with Original bright blue finish, nickeled small parts and checkered hard rubber grips. Fixed front and Left side of Very rare, set of three 3 original "speed" loaders for Webley revolvers chambered for.
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Each loader has what remains of its original bright blued finish. All three are maker marked P-Ld This is Shows about 97 percent of gold plating still.
With some minor small scuffs on the frame Matching serial number cylinder. Fixed silver blade front sight. Right side of frame has Flying bullet. All mechanicals function just fine. Shows several handling marks. In very good condition. Fitted with a manual ejector, bright ring hammer, smooth trigger, and checkered grips. Butt is All mechanicals function just fine, screw heads in Matching numbers.
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Australian proof. Adams ejector. Webley RIC pattern double action revolver with traces of the original blue finish, original checkered walnut grip. Fixed sights Low 4 digit serial number and boldly retailer Tight lock up and timing. All mechanicals and timing are just fine, retailer marked on the barrel All mechanicals function just Fixed sights.
Original factory magazine. Fosbery which utilizes a novel "automatic" mechanism. It is a true Maker marked on the back "W. For the Webley naval MK 1N pistols.