Assassination Guns: Elimination By Extreme Prejudice (The Welrod & Welwand)

The Welrod and Welwand are fascinating objects of a bygone era of espionage. Invented specifically for the British Special Operations Executive, they were purely weapons of assassination for use inside Fortress Europe or against Imperial Japanese Military officers. So effective and reliable were these weapons that the Welrod is reported to have been in active service until very recently behind the closed doors history of the British Special Air Service.

The Welrod was created in two calibers, 9x19mm Parabellum, and .32 ACP. The rationale for .32 ACP was that it could easily accept ammunition from various sources on the continent due to the popularity of the cartridge there. However, this was later changed to 9x19mm as a more powerful round was needed for the device. The Welwand, or Sleeve Gun as it was nicknamed saw much less service but was no doubt an effective assassination tool in use by SOE and numerous resistance organizations, specifically the Danish resistance as we have some recorded usage by them in the book “SOE The Scientific Secrets”.


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  • PK

    They’ve called it the Welwand? I had no idea, I’ve always heard and read it called the Sleeve Gun with Mk1 and Mk2.

    • Jonathan Ferguson

      I can confirm that “Welwand” was its actual codename.

  • The Forty ‘Twa

    Welwand sounds like something my wife owns but that isn’t nearly so quiet…

  • 22winmag

    Solid video. Not too verbose, and no fragrant language.

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  • jerry young

    I hate when people label firearms with descriptive names that sound as if a gun is evil, it’s not the firearm that is evil it is the person wielding it, we as responsible firearm owners should try to represent firearms in a way that doesn’t make them sound evil, by labeling this article Assassination guns you have made guns out to be the evil, a better title would have been guns used for assassination.

    • h4rr4r

      Assassinating NAZIs is evil?

      Some folks need assassinating.

  • scaatylobo

    I found it interesting,thank you

  • kyphe

    Not a bad attempt lol Miles. Welwyn is Pronounced Well-in “wellin” and then Hertfordshire is pronounced Hart-furd-shur “Hartfurdshur” with the U sound said somewhere between a u and a flat ‘e’ ferd/furd sher/shur I type U to avoid fair/cher sounds.