WORLD WAR II British WEBLEY Mark IV .38-200 DOUBLE ACTION Revolver C&R
MILITARY PROOFED WWII Revolver With “WAR FINISH”
Here we present a C&R British Webley Mark IV Revolver in .38-200 caliber, made in Birmingham, England circa the World War II era. At the end of the First World War, the British military decided that the .455 caliber gun and cartridge was too large for modern military use, and after numerous tests and extensive trials, that a pistol in .38 caliber firing a 200-grain bullet would be just as effective as the .455 for stopping an enemy. Webley & Scott immediately tendered the .38-200 caliber Webley Mk IV revolver, which was based on their .38 caliber Webley Mk III pistol, designed for the police and civilian markets.
To the surprise of Webley, the British government took the design to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock and had them basically develop the same handgun and it was adopted by the British military. Webley & Scott sued the British Government and were denied, though the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors eventually awarded Webley & Scott £1250 for their work. RSAF Enfield proved unable to manufacture enough No. 2 revolvers to meet the military’s wartime demands, and as a result Webley’s Mk IV was also widely used within the British Army in World War II.
This example bears the mark “War Finish”, which was intended to alert those seeing it to the fact that they could expect a less than superior standard of finish on the Webley product.
The overall condition is fine. Armory refinished. The action is excellent in both double and single action. The bore is shiny bright with great rifling. The numbers match. The grips are solid.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: .38-200 (.38 S&W)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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