After World War II, the British Army held trials to replace most of its antiquated arsenal; this included the adoption of a new service rifle, a new submachine gun, a new light machine gun and a new service pistol. Dr. Marian Jurek, a Polish engineer who had emigrated to Britain during World War II, had designed two submachine guns whilst serving in the 1st Armoured Division and submitted them to trials, but both were rejected by the Ordnance Board. After the war, Jurek stayed in Britain and worked at Webley & Scott. He designed an automatic pistol that utilized a twin-linked locking system which ensured that the barrel returned to the same position after each shot. This initial prototype was nothing more than a hand-made workshop piece. When trials were arranged to find an automatic pistol for British Army service, Webley selected Jurek’s design to submit to the trials. With some extra funding, Jurek made a better model of his pistol that fared well in trials, but was returned to Webley for further improvements. After a few weeks, Jurek finished his third prototype, with magazine safety and a tougher alloy receiver. Despite initial promise, the Army favored the Browning Hi-Power pistol and Webley cut the funding for Jurek’s design. Before its cancellation, Jurek had designed a fourth model which offered many improvements, but this model exists only as notes and sketches.
This is a commercial post war model. Not sure on the date of manufacture but most likely post 1952. This particular example has an added safety, which was not standard, but added during a time when it was necessary for importation.
made for the Singapore Police Force, note the SPF on backstrap. It also sports a slightly smaller grip
Enfield No2Mk1 1934
This pistol retains original grips as well as a spurred hammer, although it has been through a refurbishment as it sports a “cerakote” finish.
Enfield No2Mk1 1935
This is the only non-matching example in this collection. It went through a refurbishment in 1952 as evidenced by a ‘52 marked barrel. Although it is technically a No2Mk1* because of the bobbed hammer, it is not marked as such.
Webley-Adams ‘Wedge Frame’ Army double action revolver
Serial number 2361, .44 cap and ball. A relatively unknown example of the various revolvers imported by the CSA during the American Civil War, and although not the most uncommon it’s been all but forgotten, eclipsed by the beauty of the much Frencher Lemat grapeshot revolver.
Manufactured in the 1870′s by Webley & Scott - serial number 27970. .455/476 Enfield six-round cylinder, double action, pivoting captive ejector rod and side loading gate. The new model is easily distinguished from the first two iterations of the Webley RIC revolver by looking at its fluted cylinder, its elongated barrel and its knobby ejector rod.
Manufactured in Birmingham, England c.1918-1930′s for all British and Commonwealth troops - serial number 129324. 1″ Very flare, single shot top-break action, brass frame and extended barrel. A very ubiquitous model. It might as well considering how ugly the No.4 is in comparison.
Manufactured in England by Webley and Scott between 1915 and 1921, latter rechambered, probably in the USA. .45ACP moon clips, six rounds cylinder, bird head grip, double action. Probably my favorite snubnose :3
Manufactured in Birmingham c.1915 for the British army. 1″/26,5mm caliber ‘Very’ flare, top break action, brass frame and barrel. Flare pistols like this one were used in WW1 not only as a signaling device, but as a way to illuminate the battlefield at night to locate enemy troops on the no-man-land.
Manufactured by Webley and Scott c.late 1860′s. .442 Webley six-round cylinder, double-action with spurless hammer, pivoting ejector rod and loading gate, short barrel and factory engravings. Webley’s first double-action revolver, adopted in 1868 by the Royal Irish Constabulary.
Webley M1905-08 self-loading pistol with Parker-Maxim M1929 suppressor
Manufactured by Webley and Scott c.1905~1912, fitted with a suppressor for use by the Special Operations Executive during World War 2, also called the
Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. .32ACP 8-round removable box magazine, short recoil semi-automatic. Pew pew.
Manufactured by Webley and Scott during WW2 for the British army, short-barreled version. .38/200 six-round cylinder, double action, top break. Following this little incident know as WW1, the united Kingdom realized that the venerable .455 Webley cartridge had no place on a modern battlefield where a bullet of inferior caliber could just as well stop a man. As such it turned to the MkIV revolver in .38 caliber, previously untapped for military service. It was however soon phased out by the Enfield N°2 MkI which used the same cartridge and exterior design but had a more modern action. Due to the usual bullshit shortage of handguns during World Wars, they were nonetheless produced en-masse en issued to troops even before being properly blued - hence the ‘war finish’ marking on the frame.