Can you identify this revolver?

    I received an email from a solider who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. He found this broken revolver at a local bazaar. Neither him nor I can identify it. Can you identify it or identify what design it was copied from?

    The only markings are an “H” on the barrel and a “B” on the cylinder.

    The extractor is different than anything I’ve seen, as is the trigger guard, the extra cut in the backstrap makes for an interesting anomaly also the smooth cylinder. The bore of the cylinder appears to be 15/32 of an inch or .469. The trigger still operates the hammer and the extractor still works.

    UPDATE: Kurt pointed out that it looks like a “Pryse Army Revolver” aka. the “Chinese Webley” …

    Looks like a “Pryse Army Revolver”, also known as the “Chinese Webley” because may were sold to the Chinese government, patented in 1876. Caliber .476 CF, probably. The world’s first rebounding hammer revolver.

    I would guess that it is a Pakistani made clone of the Pryse Army Revolver.

    Photo from the [Reme Museum of Technology]

    From the Reme Museum website

    Commonly known as the Pryse’s Army Revolver, it is a Webley made pistol patented by C Pryse in November 1876. It was a great favourite with Army Officers and has the distinction of being the first pistol to have a rebounding hammer (ie one in which the hammer, after striking the cap, rises far enough to be withdrawn from contact with it). It is sometimes called the ‘Chinese Webley’ due to the fact that the Chinese Government bought large quantities. It is said that the popularity of this pistol started Webleys, who were then emerging from the doldrums due to the success of their ‘RIC’ (Royal Irish Constabulary) revolver, on the quest for a really first class ‘Break-down’ self-ejector, which of course they eventually achieved. This particular pistol was sold by Henry of Edinburgh and London (Martini-Henry fame).

    This Pryse is being sold for over $2000!
    Steve Johnson

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