Dating a webley mk vi

10 Jul

Broad Arrow military property mark and inspection mark seen on rear of cylinder.Webley Mark VI Revolver This pistol is the "exception" mentioned in the introduction.

Here for your perusal is Webley .455 MK VI revolver serial number 160744 still in original .455 caliber accepted into service in 1915.On , the Webley Mk VI was adopted as the standard sidearm for British and Commonwealth troops[3] and remained so for the duration of the First World War, being issued to officers, airmen, naval crews, boarding parties, trench raiders, machine-gun teams, and tank crews. The Mk VI proved to be a very reliable and hardy weapon, well suited to the mud and adverse conditions of trench warfare, and several accessories were developed for the Mk VI, including a bayonet (made from a converted French Gras bayonet),[4] a speedloader device ("Prideaux Device"),[5] and a stock allowing for the revolver to be converted into a carbine.[6] Footnotes; 1. 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.