Joshua wrote …

I recently moved to the city for college, as a result I bought a handgun for the apartment. It’s old but I have good faith in her, she’s an old Enfield No.2 Mk.1 built in 1938. Some holster wear, plus some new speed loaders for a S&W K-frame, which work perfectly.

That Enfield is a classic. It may have been manufactured 75 years ago, but will probably work just as well 75 years form now. I told Joshua that Fiocchi still manufactures the .38 S&W round with a Full Metal Jacket, and at ~$28 for a box of 50 its reasonably priced.


  • Garry Bergstrom

    The .38S&W Enfield revolvers are simple and robust for a top-break design. The factory ammo is loaded very light, with FMJ or RNL bullets only. With even a simple Lee reloading setup, you can use hollow point bullets that will expand at low velocities, while keeping pressures low enough to not harm the gun.

    • derfelcadarn

      I use hollow base cutters loaded upside down in an Iver Johnson revolver, impressive expansion and expends all the energy the round is capable of in the target, very limited chance of over penetration.

  • Ken

    Buffalo Bore also makes ammo for it at around the same price. It’s hard cast lead and is loaded on the hotter end, though still safe.

  • William Johnson

    Always wanted a webley in 455, finding a fosbery that I could aford would be the holy grail.

  • It’s got that brand new look with that old school style to it. Someone kept this piece very well maintained. I’d love to take this shooting.

  • Dr. Daniel Jackson

    I personally prefer webleys in .455,the .455 had a great history of being a good man stopper,also I think it is the most powerful round you can get in a double action top break revolver.

  • AKSapper

    .38 S&W is super rare in my neck of the woods. Big reason I never put much thought into those old webley and enfield top breaks

  • claymore

    Nice photography work! Both ends of the firearm nice and clear with the rest very close even with all those distance changes.

  • DIR911911 .

    fine gun for collecting or occasional plinking but something with at least 380 power or better should be used for defense. imho he would have been better off buying a shotgun or more modern handgun in a cartridge with more suitable defense ammo available. pretty though.

  • dan citizen

    Over the years I circumstances have forced me to have many an old gun for defense…. .455 webley, single shot .22, swedish mauser, .32 revolver….

    Bigger, fancier and newer can be nice but is also pricey. I would not feel under gunned with the OP’s revolver, if anything I’d feel it was less of a chance of overpenetration.

    Looks nice too.

  • Full Name

    There are WAY better choices, but any gun is better than no gun.

  • Jonathan Wright

    Well said.

  • C.

    Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something almost mystical about those top-break Enfield and Webley revolvers.

  • John

    in an era of polymers and camo paint schemes, this gun certainly has a retro steampunk feel to it. I like it.
    Add a tactical rail and some lasers and it becomes cyberpunk.

  • Franciscomv

    I love those revolvers, but for a basic home defense handgun I’d like something a bit better than .38 S&W. Maybe a used Model 10? There are far more ammo options and good defensive loads available for .38 special.