SOLD FOR: $338.00
Make: Webley & Scott
Model: Mark II Target Air Pistol
Serial Number: 17902
Year of Manufacture: 1925-1930
Caliber: .22 Caliber BB
Action Type: Single Shot, Spring Powered, Barrel Cocked BB Pistol
Markings: The left side of the spring tube is marked “WEBLEY AIR PISTOL MARK II (TARGET MODEL)”, the right is marked “BRITISH PATENT 219872”, the front is marked “902”. The left side of the frame is marked “WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD BIRMINGHAM & LONDON / MADE IN ENGLAND / SAFE / 17902”, the right is marked “PATENTS GRANTED / GREAT BRITAIN PATENT NO 219872 JAPAN PATENT NO 9186/24 / BELGIUM BREVET NO 316 878 SWITZERLAND PATENT NO + 112975 / FRANCE BREVETE NO 578498 S.G.D.G. / SPAIN PATENT NO 89433 AUSTRALIA PATENTED 21 12 23 / ITALY BREVETTATO NO 229158 U.S.A. PATENTED U.S.A. 7-7-25 / GERMANY D.R.P. NO 414 833 CANADA PATENT 1925”.
Barrel Length: 7”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a low profile blade, which is integral to the barrel band at the hinge. The rear sight is a square notched leaf that is screw-secured to the back of the frame and is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut panels; the left panel has a brass Webley logo medallion and the letter “E” carved into the upper portion. The stocks show some compression marks in the checkers and a few gouges on the outer smooth portions. There are no cracks or chip losses. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The exposed areas of the grip frame have handling wear, which is transitioning to spots of oxidation and light pin prick erosion. The barrel, at the breach, has some wear from contact with the screw-secured latch. The surfaces show scattered handling marks and brief instances of oxidation. There is a small unrepaired crack on the forward left side of the spring tube, at the screw hole; there are tool marks around some of the screw holes. The screw heads are distressed. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: We did not have any .22 caliber BB’s to test fire this item; the spring is very strong; we did not fully cock the spring so as not to necessitate a dry-fire. The safety mechanism does not function, when set to “SAFE” and the trigger pulled, the arrow-marked lever swings down to “FIRE”. 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: Included is an unmarked brown leather holster that looks to have been custom cut at the upper portions to fit the BB pistol. There are other losses of material from age and use, along with discoloration and some lost stitching at the bottom portion to accommodate the barrel.
Our Assessment: This is a rare, neat find! Webley & Scott produced about 5,000 of these Mark II Target BB pistols from 1925 to 1930, about a decade before the company had to roar back into production for the Second World War. The action appears to function correctly though we did not have any .22 caliber BBs to test fire and did not want to dry-fire the item. About 85% of the metal finish remains, the bore is strong and so is the action spring. The stocks have some scattered marks but no major damages. An unmarked leather holster is included, which has been modified, please see our pictures.