Webley & Scott Mk. I Revolver In .455 Webley, Double Action Revolver. C&R

SOLD FOR: $2,225

WOA#: WY240221JM010

Make: Webley & Scott

Model: Mk. I

Serial Number: 15748

Year of Manufacture: 1887-1924


Caliber: .455 Webley

Action Type: Top-break, Double Action Revolver.

Markings: This revolver has “WEBLEY MARK 1 PATENTS” followed by several proof marks on the left side of the receiver. The serial number is marked under the barrel and frame. The cylinder has crown proof marks on the sides and more proofing on the back of the cylinder along with the serial number. The grip frame has “N / 30 / 60”

Barrel Length: 4”

Sights/Optics: This revolver has a blade front sight post and a square notch rear sight on the break lever.

Stock Configuration and Condition: This revolver has a 2 piece black bakelite grip panels with checkering. There is a lanyard loop. There are minor scuffs and scratches in the grip. The checkering is good. Overall these grip panels rate at about Good condition.

Type of Finish: Phosphate

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright but the rifling is worn. There is no erosion but there is some wear at the throat of the barrel. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 7/10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is quite strong throughout with only light patina. The finish is a hard phosphate, as such there is moderate finish wear on the edges. The cylinder has turn-wear with a turn line and minor edge wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks with some play on each of their 6 chambers. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Webley & Scott Mk. I Revolver in .455 Webley is a classic British service revolver that played a significant role in military history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Adopted by the British Army in 1887, it served as the standard-issue sidearm for British and Commonwealth forces for several decades. Chambered in .455 Webley, the Mk. I revolver was known for its stopping power and reliability in combat. The .455 Webley cartridge, with its large caliber and heavy bullet, was capable of neutralizing threats effectively. The revolver typically had a six-round cylinder and a solid frame, making it durable and well-suited for military use in harsh conditions.

During its service life, the Webley & Scott Mk. I revolver underwent several modifications and improvements, resulting in various models and variants. These included changes to the grip shape, barrel length, and sight configuration to meet evolving military requirements. Despite these changes, the basic design and function of the Mk. I revolver remained largely unchanged, a testament to its effectiveness and enduring popularity.

The Webley & Scott Mk. I revolver saw action in numerous conflicts and campaigns, including the Boer Wars, World War I, and World War II. Its reputation for reliability and stopping power made it a trusted sidearm among British soldiers and officers. Although it was eventually replaced by more modern firearms, the Mk. I revolver remains an iconic symbol of British military history and is cherished by collectors and enthusiasts for its historical significance and classic design. -R.E.

Webley & Scott Mk. I Revolver In .455 Webley, Double Action Revolver. C&R
Webley & Scott Mk. I Revolver In .455 Webley, Double Action Revolver. C&R