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Webley Revolvers

At the height of its global dominance, it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire. England was able to project its military power due in no small part to arms maker Webley & Scott. The Webley revolver was the standard issue service pistol for the armed forces of the British Empire, the British Commonwealth, and the United Kingdom from 1887 until 1963.

Thanks to gunmaker Charles Pryse, Webley produced the world's first top-break revolver with automatic extraction. The weapon was broken open for reloading by tilting the forward-hinged frame downward, which withdrew two crossbolts that locked into the topstrap, forcing a star extractor outward to remove fired shells. The extractor then snapped back into place, allowing fresh rounds to be loaded into the chamber.

This quick unload and reload ability, along with a rebounding hammer safety setup and a well-designed cylinder lock, helped put Webleys into service with the Royal Army and Navy. The first officially adopted Webley was a six-shot double-action revolver called the Mark I, which used black powder-filled .455 British Service cartridges.

With a thick frame, short four-inch barrel, parrot-beak grip, lanyard ring, and V-shaped holster guides, Webley revolvers were used in World War I and II. Finding a specific Webley revolver for sale is high point for many collectors.


Quick Facts

  • In 2012, a WWI-era Webley Mark VI .455 revolver in good original condition sold at Auction Arms for $800
  • A Webley-Fosbery Model 1914 .455 caliber Cordite engraved automatic revolver with a leather holster sold for $18,000
  • In a 2009 James D. Julia auction, a rare Webley-Fosbery Model 1902 automatic revolver reached a selling price of $25,300, well above its $8,000 high estimate.

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P. WEBLEY & SON A .320 REVOLVER, NO. 933 3-inch barrel signed on the top st
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A .442 SIX-SHOT REVOLVER OF WEBLEY TYPE SIGNED W.J. HILL, serial no. L4381,
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A .442 SIX-SHOT REVOLVER OF WEBLEY TYPE SIGNED W.J. HILL, serial no. L4381,
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A GOOD CASED DELUXE .442 MODEL R.I.C. NO.1 MODEL REVOLVER BY P. WEBLEY & SON, serial no. 15806,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
A GOOD CASED DELUXE .442 MODEL R.I.C. NO.1 MODEL REVOLVER BY P. WEBLEY & SON, serial no. 15806,
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A .476 WEBLEY No4 PRYSE-ACTION REVOLVER WITH INSCRIBED BARREL, serial no. 10559,
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A .476 WEBLEY No4 PRYSE-ACTION REVOLVER WITH INSCRIBED BARREL, serial no. 10559,
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A .455 WEBLEY MKI SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 34802,
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A .455 WEBLEY MKI SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 34802,
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£5000 Bids
A .450/.455 WILKINSON-WEBLEY MODEL 1911 TARGET REVOLVER, serial no. 128810,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
A .450/.455 WILKINSON-WEBLEY MODEL 1911 TARGET REVOLVER, serial no. 128810,
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A SCARCE CASED .455 (6IN.) WEBLEY MKV SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 159026,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
A SCARCE CASED .455 (6IN.) WEBLEY MKV SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 159026,
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* A BOER WAR .455 WEBLEY MKII SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 41059,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
* A BOER WAR .455 WEBLEY MKII SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 41059,
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A .455 WORLD WAR ONE WEBLEY MKVI SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 292620,
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A .455 WORLD WAR ONE WEBLEY MKVI SERVICE REVOLVER, serial no. 292620,
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Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Webley Revolvers


Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Gavin Gardiner Limited

Gavin Gardiner Limited

Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Zorrilla Subastas

Zorrilla Subastas