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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 19:10 pm 
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Seen a MkIV for sale marked War Finish but barrel looks short to me. Will it be a police item or did our forces use them too?
It has RAF lanyard but that could have been added of course.

It is also marked "Webley conversion". What does that mean?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 19:16 pm 
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A quick Google has answered the second question I think. Probably a .22 conversion.

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I've got a 'war finish' 3'' barrel large grip Webley that's in .38 ..I suspect these may have been some kind of Frankenstein conversion, using a pocket revolver barrel ( the finish on barrel is slightly different too ) ..I've seen a few of these.... also seen a 2'' barrel version aparently for sale in USA see pic below :shock:


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They used the original barrel, cut the end off, machined the barrel off the removed section to leave the ribb and forsight. They then milled off the rib left on the kept section to the same size as the cutt off section and silver soldered the 2 together. If you look carefully you can usually see the tell tale line of solder. The 'Webley Conversion' can be found on the MkIV and the Enfield No.2 revolver and appears to be associated with conversions to blank fireing guns.


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Interesting..tho the one I've got in front of me right now ( 3'') is def not cut down , the barrel is a one piece forging with the upswept foresight base rib as integral..... I can see the line of solder in the pic of the 2'' now you mention it ... I've just seen another 2'' one on internet, again in USA, those must be a very rare gun.
....I do rather like these little 'snub' Webleys myself !


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my book says it was made in 3, 4 and 5 inch .....

shorter barrels would be police or colonial organisation but did find their way into military hands

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With the 2'' ones both being advertised in USA I suspect they were converted over there at some point ( in the way M3bobby describes ) ..snub nose concealed guns being a bit of an American thing clearly ! .... the other one has the non spur so called 'tanker' type hammer ( double action only ) ..cool little guns!..here's a pic...


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The idea is a copy from the Enfield conversion for the Police trials in the 50s. In the end some Police forces bought brand new Enfield No.2s, the last to be produced.

This is my Police revolver. The rear sight blade is missing in the photo but I do have it.

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I thought it would be likely to be more of a police type of weapon, mine is very like yours, only has the black Webley named grips ( full size) and lanyard ring, the frame says War Finish above trigger, I suspect it's been converted ( maybe in the 50s ? ) from a standard wartime mk IV using a commercial Webley 3'' barrel, the finish on barrel doesn't quite match..


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Anyone know if they made a specific holster for the 3'' barrel version ?


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I very much doubt there will be a military holster but there may be a civilian, Police or Foreign power holster for them as they made thousands of revolvers with varying barrel lengths and variations for those markets.


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Sounds about right ! ....Many thanks for the informed intel on these short Webleys btw :D


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pete the dog wrote:
I thought it would be likely to be more of a police type of weapon, mine is very like yours, only has the black Webley named grips ( full size) and lanyard ring, the frame says War Finish above trigger, I suspect it's been converted ( maybe in the 50s ? ) from a standard wartime mk IV using a commercial Webley 3'' barrel, the finish on barrel doesn't quite match..


Yip, I suspect you are right. The War Finish Webleys had a 5" barrel and just as you indicated a civilian refurbish job was done using a 3" commercial Webley.


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