Enfield No 2 Mk 1 .38 revolver

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Overview

The Enfield No 2 Mk 1 is a 6 shot, top break revolver and is chambered for .38/200.

After the First World War, it was decided by the British Government that a smaller and lighter .38 calibre sidearm would be preferable to the large Webley service revolvers using the .455 calibre round. While the .455 had proven to be an effective weapon for stopping enemy soldiers, the recoil of the .455 cartridge complicated marksmanship training.

The authorities began a search for a double-action revolver with less weight and recoil that could be quickly mastered by a minimally-trained soldier, with a good probability of hitting an enemy with the first shot at extremely close ranges. At the time, the .38 calibre Smith & Wesson cartridge with 200-grain lead bullet, known as the .38/200 was also a popular cartridge in civilian and police use (known in the USA as the “.38 Super Police” load).

Consequently, the British firm of Webley & Scott tendered their Webley Mk IV in .38/200 calibre. Rather than adopting it, the British authorities took the design to the Government-run Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) at Enfield and the Enfield factory came up with a revolver that was very similar to the Webley Mk IV .38, but internally slightly different. The Enfield-designed pistol was adopted under the designation “Revolver, No 2 Mk I” in 1931.

RSAF Enfield proved unable to manufacture enough No. 2 revolvers to meet the military’s wartime demands and as a result Webleys Mk IV was also adopted as a standard sidearm for the British Army.

The Enfield No 2 is very fast to reload — as are all British top break revolvers — because of its automatic ejector, which simultaneously removes all six fired cases from the cylinder.

British combat experience during World War II with the .38/200 Enfield revolvers during World War II seemed to confirm that, for the average soldier, the Enfield No. 2 Mk I could be used far more effectively than the bulkier and heavier .455 calibre Webley revolvers that had been issued during World War I.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for the British military from 1931, through WWII and Korea until declared obsolete in 1957, although not completely replaced by the Browning Hi-Power until 1969. Also used by Commonwealth forces for the same period.

Foxtrot example shown here is an Enfield No 2 Mk I revolver. It is chambered in .38/200, has standard walnut grips and is in military phosphate finish.

Film Set Notes

An added bonus with revolvers is the option of blanks loaded with black powder that gives a slower burn than smokeless loads, resulting in a bright muzzle flash, accompanied by an amount of smoke, a dramatic effect.

A revolver also has some of the most distinctive loading sounds when cylinder is snapped closed or the hammer cocked. Worth the trouble of getting some good close miked wild tracks of these sounds – it is good ‘punctuation’ in a drama soundscape.