A Condensed History of the Webley Mark VI Top-Break Revolver

The Webley revolver (also known as the Webley top-break revolver or Webley self-extracting revolver) was, in Marks I through VI, a standard issue service revolver for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom and the British Empire and Commonwealth from 1887 until 1963.

Webley records show the last Mark VI being sold from the factory was in 1957 with “Nigeria” noted on the entry.

The Webley is a top-break revolver and breaking the revolver operates the extractor, which removes the cartridges from the cylinder. The Webley Mark I service revolver was adapted in 1887  and the Mark IV rose to prominence during the Boer War of 1899-1902. The Mark VI , introduced in 1915 during the First World War, is perhaps the best known model. About 125,000 of the Mark VI were produced.

Firing large .455 caliber Webley cartridges, Webley service revolvers are among the most powerful top-break revolvers ever produced. The.455 caliber Webley is no longer in military service, but many Webley Mark VI’s were converted to fire .45 ACP ammunition after all the -.455 Webley ammunition was depleted.

In 1887, the first Mark in the Webley revolver line was developed when the British Army was searching for a revolver to replace the largely unsatisfactory .476 caliber Enfield Mark I and Mark II revolvers. Webley tendered the .455 caliber Webley Self-Extracting Revolver for trial. The Military was suitably impressed with the revolver and it was adopted on November 8, 1887 as the “Pistol, Webley, Mk. I   The Webley revolver went through a number of changes, culminating in the Mark VI, which was in production between 1915 and 1923.

On May 24, 1915, the Webley Mark VI was adopted as the standard sidearm for British and Commonwealth troops.

The Webley Mark VI in .455 caliber was issued to British military personnel in the Second World War.

The Mark VI with a six inch(150mm) barrel was officially adopted for British military service on May 24,1915.

An expanded history of this handgun can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webley_revolver

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