Webley firearms dating
(1915 - 1932) The original Mk IV was adopted in 1899.
Officially rendered obsolete in 1932 with the adoption of the Enfield No.2 .38 caliber revolvers, but widely used by British troops during World War Two.
In 1932 the Enfield No.2 .38 inch calibre revolver, became the standard British service revolver. IV remained in service as a substitute standard weapon into the early 1960s.
However, wartime shortages ensured that all marks of the Webley, including models in .455 and .38/200, remained in use through World War Two. In 1920 the passing of the Firearms Act in the UK, which limited the availability of handguns to civilians, caused their sales to plummet.
The Webley company was founded in the late 18th century by William Davies, who made bullet moulds.
It was taken over in 1834 by his son-in-law, Philip Webley, who began producing percussion sporting guns. In 1897 Webley amalgamated with W & C Scott and Sons to become The Webley & Scott Revolver and Arms Company Ltd of Birmingham.
Webley & Sons double-action top-break Mark I Revolvers.