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44-40
October 14, 2010, 07:43 AM
I have a webley MKI .455 ser# 208xxx on barrel, frame and cylinder, any idea when it was made?

Mike Irwin
October 14, 2010, 08:26 AM
It looks like this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Webley_MkI_P0.jpg


Mk Is are not at all common.

I THINK the Mk I was made between 1887 and 1892. A serial number in the 200,000 range sounds way too high, as I believe there were fewer than 15,000 Mk Is made before manufacture transitioned to the Mk II.

Warning.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU FIRE A MK I WITH SMOKELESS POWDER AMMUNITION!

When cordite was introduced in British service .455 in the late 1890s all revolvers from Mk I through M IV had to be withdrawn for service because they simply would not stand up to the smokeless loads.

NEVER shoot anything but black powder through an early Webley.

mapsjanhere
October 14, 2010, 08:53 AM
Old American Rifleman (http://www.americanrifleman.org/Webcontent/pdf/2009-5/20095914463-webley.pdf) article on the Webley, theirs is a Mark V from 1914 with only a 132,000 serial number.

Mike Irwin
October 14, 2010, 09:04 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure all of the Marks were sequentially serial numbered, and that they didn't get above 200,000 until the Mk VI.

mapsjanhere
October 14, 2010, 11:05 AM
Actually, when you look you find a lot of articles about the jumping serial numbers on early Webleys. Like they started with 20,000, followed by a 50,000, going back to four digits etc. But I didn't find any mentioning of early versions with serial numbers over 100k.

James K
October 14, 2010, 07:32 PM
I have a MkI, serial number 80x, so they likely started with 1. That makes a 200000 range seem odd. FWIW, mine still has the holster guide and recoil shield made as part of the frame.

Jim

madcratebuilder
October 17, 2010, 08:37 AM
My MKII is 818XX. A photo would help.

RickB
October 19, 2010, 03:42 PM
I have a Mark I at home, and will check the serial.

RickB
October 20, 2010, 09:10 PM
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