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Like the Original, but Worse

In July 1879, the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield was ordered to produce a self-extracting revolver to compete against foreign models for an upcoming British Army test. Enfield’s first handgun, it was accepted, but soon found “a clumsy weapon” and, within a decade was replaced by a Webley-pattern break top design.

The mighty Webley .455 Mark VI, seen here at the Berman Museum in Anniston, Alabama with an aftermarket Pritchard-Greener bayonet, was the standard British Army revolver of the Great War-era. (Photo: Chris Eger)

For the next almost 50 years, Webley had a lock on the British sidearm trade but, in 1932, this changed after Enfield was ordered to cough up a second revolver design in a short-cased .38 caliber chambering, and did so with a model that looked a lot like the Webley.

The Enfield No. 2 was born and was soon made worse by the Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1* standard.

More in my column at Guns.com.

Reports of the final demise of Webley revolvers have been premature

The Birmingham-based Webley of old dated from 1790 and had been involved in the revolver business as far back as 1853. This ad, from my 1914 edition of Janes Fighting Ships, is during the company’s heydey and W&S, at least in England, stopped making handguns in 1979.

Webley & Scott, formerly of Birmingham, England, has been rebooted in India this month, with a new plant in Lucknow making shotguns, handguns and airguns. 

The first offering from the reborn company will be a line of .32 S&W-chambered top-break double-action revolvers with the first batch hitting dealer shelves on the subcontinent in April.

Similar to the storied WWII-era Webley Mk IV .38/200 service revolver used across the British Commonwealth from the 1930s through the 1960s, the new revolvers are also dubbed Mk IVs, although they have a noticeably shorter profile.

Isn’t it cute? The new Indian-made Webley Mk IV Pocket Revolver. Coming to the U.S. soon? (Photo: Webley & Scott) 

The original WWII-era Mk IV was 10.25-inches long overall with a 5-inch barrel. Chambered in .38/200, they are commonly used in the U.S. with .38 S&W ammo. The guns were based on the British maker’s medium-framed .38 caliber Webley Mk III revolver.

Besides the Indian-made guns, an upgraded Webley, closer to the Great War-era .455 Mk VI, is being made in the UK, although to comply with strict anti-gun laws in the British Isles, it is just for export.

Meet the Anderson Wheeler Mark VII

The Anderson Wheeler “Mark VII” revolver is a seven-shot top-break, chambered in the very modern .357 Magnum.

It is reportedly the result of four years of development, working from original War Office drawings for the iconic Mark VI.

Of course, rumint is that these run about $10K, which may make the Indian revolvers, should they be imported to the States, more viable for someone wanting a new Webley wheel gun.