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.
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.