SOLD FOR: $1075
Model: Mark V Service Revolver
Serial Number: 148290
Year of Manufacture: 1915 C&R
Caliber: .455 Webley
Action Type: Single or Double Action Top Break Revolver with Left Side Thumb Release
Markings: The left of the topstrap is marked “’15”, a “Crown / GR / Crossed Flags / P” proof mark, broad arrow, “Crown / P3 / B”, and “MARK “V””. The left of the frame is marked “WEBLEY / MARK V / PATENTS / 1915”. The bottom-front of the barrel assembly, the bottom of the frame, and the outside of the cylinder are each marked “148290”. There are scattered British proof and inspection marks throughout.
Barrel Length: 4″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to the top of the rib. The rear sight is a “U” notch at the bottom of a “V” in the top of the barrel latch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber panels. The panels show scattered discoloration from age and handling. The right panel shows some crazing along the edges and notable gashes along the back edge. There are also several nicks, scratches, and light pitting throughout. There are slight gaps between the metal and the backs of the panels. The checkering shows moderate wear and is generally defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Good-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with well defined rifling. There is light-moderate erosion scattered throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 50% of its current finish. The finish is thinning at all leading edges. There is scattered finish wear, surface oxidation, and erosion. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool-marked. The markings are generally clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lock-up produces barely perceptible play when the trigger is depressed. The double action trigger is smooth. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Webley Mk V was the standard British service revolver at the outbreak of the First World War. It was one of a series of .455 inch caliber Webley revolvers which were the standard-issue pistols of the British Army from 1887 onwards. They were robust and powerful weapons, which gave excellent service until replaced by the handier Enfield No 2 revolver (see FIR 385) in 1932. This Mark V revolver is in about Good condition, with about 50% of its finish remaining. The bore is decent. This will make a nice addition to a collection of English vintage service revolvers. Please see our photos and good luck!