Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Mad World

    I think ugliest may be a tad harsh on the old girl haha

  • Tim

    I love the Webley break top revolvers. Even the oddly truncated snubby ones 🙂

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  • Redchrome

    I have a friend who has a .38 Webley. Yep, it’s ugly, and if the parts don’t line up right (it’s shot pretty loose) the trigger pull is awful and it may not go bang. That said, it’s got pretty mild recoil.

  • Doom454

    I always thought the early revolvers were beautiful in their own way.

    My vote for the ugliest gun, not revolver, still goes to the Korobov TKB-022.

  • Mad Saint Jack

    I guess you’ve never seen a 1895 Nagant?

    The Webley looks good to me.

  • Adam

    I think it has a certain charm to it. 🙂

  • Doug

    I agree, I’ve seen much uglier (but can’t think of an example at the moment, perhaps one of S&W’s two tone revolvers.

  • I don’t think they are that ugly.

  • A fine weapon in its day and I wouldn’t feel underarmed with one (in food shape of course) even today. 200 grains at 600FPS is serious.

    Whats interesting about the weapon (so some models) is it had speed loaders well back in the 19th century. With that break open action thats fast firepower

  • Something I forgot. Thats a .38 S&W model not a .455. The .38 is just the bare minimum gun, on the weak side and I have to say I’d rather have the bigger round.

  • …And helping to maintain the biggest empire the world has ever known!

    Love them or hate them, the Webleys (and Enfields) were made for practicality over beauty, and there is something essentially manly about them.

    From ‘Fuzzy Wuzzys’ to ‘Huns’, these lumps of metal were faithful mutts that saw off the enemies of their Majesties.

    Give me a .455 Webley over a 9mm any day.

  • Steve,

    Many years ago in India I had a Webley Mk III in 32 S&W Long and the whole break open mechanism was beautifully machined – I’m not sure that everyone would find the aesthetics perfect, but it would be difficult to find that quality of machine work even on revolvers made today. I have heard that the larger calibers were inaccurate – probably because the break-open frames developed gaps / play after a while. But my little revolver was very nice and decently accurate for such an old basically service handgun. I have some nice memories and hope to find a decent one in the future and keep it now that I am not bound by any number limits anymore.

  • @Mad Saint Jack
    95s look real purty when a pro takes the picture
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nagant-holstered.jpg

  • WPZ

    I have both the Mk IV and Mk VI. The .38 is a nice small revolver missing a couple hundred feet of velocity.
    But the Mk VI is entirely another story. Mine is one of the thousands cut for .45ACP.
    There has never been a more capable combat revolver ever. Even if you look to the 627 for higher capacity, the Webley will continue to work under conditions that would leave any Smith locked up junk.
    And it can be effective. While I’m no Jerry, I made “B” in USPSA Revolver Division with mine on a good day.
    It can be done.

  • Cat’s amongst the pigeons here. the 455 webley and similarly inspired enfield are nothing short of intimidatingly beautiful. A serious chunk of metal that doubles as a small club should the occasion warrant :-).

  • Beaumont

    Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Webleys will function through conditions that would cause stoppages with most other handguns, including the 1911. They were designed to be reliable manstoppers, and only the typically European lack of velocity handicapped them. A modern Webley in .45ACP, cut for moon clips, would be one of the most reliable and effective sidearms one might imagine.

  • gunner”

    i owned a mk4 .38 webley and liked it, it did take a little smoothing of the action but that was no big job, just a little stoning and polishing. the enfield revolver, the same, clean up the working surfaces and it was a fun gun to shoot. my mk6 had both an original .455 cylinder and a .45 conversion. i used to shoot .45 auto-rim reloads in it, with 8.0 grains of hercules “unique” and a 185 grain sierra hollow point bullet with no problem. the .455 cylinder handled 6.0 grains of unique and a 225 grain hard cast round nose bullet in canadian boxer primed commercial brass just fine, and i agree with “wpz” it was a fine old combat revolver, solid and well made.

  • Greetings from Texas,
    I think WPZ is right on the money. I also have a Webley Mk. VI but mine is in the orginal .455 Caliber. It is one of the most rugged, and dependable handguns in my collection. This is what my wife prefers for her bedside gun. The fact that I agree to it (like I could stop her) is the higest praise I can give.

  • Mad Saint Jack

    My kind of gun:

    The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. “Make it evil,” he’d been told. “Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with.”

    -The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    Douglas Adams

  • steve jones

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! On a more serious note I have read that during WW2 the Special Operations Executive (SOE) -the British equivalent and precurssor of the OSS – issued Webleys with 2 and 3 inch barrels to their special agents. The shorter barrels were intended to make them more concealable! Is this one of these or just a backyard chop job? We shall probably never know.

  • Clodboy

    Personally, I think the Webley’s are pretty bland, neither really cool-looking nor particularly ugly.
    I have to admit to really liking the design on the short-lived Webley-Fosberry Autorevolver, though, more specifically the notches cut into the cylinder.
    Plus, racking the “slide” on a revolver just looks badass, even when you’re a Scottish guy wearing a crimson thong supported by bandolier-suspenders, thigh-high leather boots, a ponytail and a Zapata moustache
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zardoz_zed.jpg

  • gunner”

    if you want to see a mk6 webley in action check sean connery in “league of extraordinary gentlemen” or an actor who’s name i forget in “zulu”, though it’s anachronistic in “zulu” as the mk6 didn’t come into issue until the ww1 era if my memory is correct. “league…” is pure fantasty, like “doc savage” so almost anything goes.

  • gunner”

    …add: i believe a mk4 .38 webley makes a brief appearance in “sky captain and the world of tomorrow”, or possibly its an enfield .38, its been a while since i looked at that film. again, pure fantasy but fun.

  • gunner”

    add again: it might take some digging but if you’re interested in webley revolvers and pistols hunt up a copy of “the webley story” by william chipchase-dowell from “skyrac press” circa 1962 in britian. a real rarity, if you can find it, is the pamphlet published by webley in 1953 with a second edition in 1968, about the size of a “readers digest” or “analog” magazine, about 44 pages, a history of webley & scott from its beginning to the latest publication in ’68. i’ve got both (NOT for sale!) and they’re interesting reading.

  • Crabula

    Aww. Don’t be too hard on Webley. The beauty lies on the inside. That and the fact that they are about as ass kickin as it gets.