A Brace of Mk IV's

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A Brace of Mk IV's

Postby lewwallace » 06 Jun 2016 15:55

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Two from my collection, you won't see together often. A Military and Civilian model!
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Re: A Brace of Mk IV's

Postby ED, in Los Angeles » 06 Jun 2016 22:56

You don't see many birds head grip Webly's for sale. They were never real plentiful as they are very desireable. Very beautiful with elegant curving lines. (Ooops! Gun porn). But seriously, this brace is wonderful and in nice condition. I do not have a birds head grip in my collection. It is on my bucket list. You should be very proud of your Webly hand guns. Nice pair! (Ooops! More gun porn).

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Re: A Brace of Mk IV's

Postby RobD » 07 Jun 2016 08:57

This may be old hat to most forummers, but as I understand it, pre-1916, British officers purchased their own sidearms.Thus during the Boer war period, military-marked Webleys were those issued to farriers and artillerymen. Civilian revolvers made to military pattern, as in your picture, were carried by officers. Thus a private purchase revolver was quite likely to have seen action. Please correct me if my understanding is wrong...
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Re: A Brace of Mk IV's

Postby lewwallace » 07 Jun 2016 16:34

RobD: you are correct. In this case probably during the Boer Wars. Ed; Thanx for the kind regards. I've been told I have:"The finest collection of ugly guns anyone's ever seen!" (usually sed by black plastic gun owners!!!)
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Re: A Brace of Mk IV's

Postby timothylrose » 07 Jun 2016 21:33

The long 6 inch barrel Mark IV's were sold privately and have long been regarded as "officers" issue - both types went through into 1913 - the serial number would give an indicator of date of manufacture of both of them - my Mark IV long barrel has had a replacement cylinder at some point, my Mark IV short was reissued and refinished to the RIC. Atb - Tim
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Re: A Brace of Mk IV's

Postby lewwallace » 08 Jun 2016 00:38

timothylrose wrote:The long 6 inch barrel Mark IV's were sold privately and have long been regarded as "officers" issue - both types went through into 1913 - the serial number would give an indicator of date of manufacture of both of them - my Mark IV long barrel has had a replacement cylinder at some point, my Mark IV short was reissued and refinished to the RIC. Atb - Tim


The 'officers' issue SN: 85120. Mk 'short' SN: 96578
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