Webley Mk VI .455 service revolver

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Overview

The Webley Mk VI service revolver is a 6 shot top break revolver, it has a 6” barrel and is chambered for either .38/200 or .455.

Similar to the Mk V, but with a squared-off ‘target’ style grip (as opposed to the ‘bird’s-beak’ style found on earlier marks and models).

The Webley Mk VI was perhaps the best known of the series, superceding the Mk V, there were considerably more Mk IV revolvers in service in 1914, as the initial order for 20,000 Mk V revolvers had not been completed when hostilities began.

On 24 May 1915, the Webley Mk VI was adopted as the standard sidearm for British and Commonwealth troops and remained so for the duration of the First World War, being issued to officers, airmen, naval crews, boarding parties, trench raiders, machine-gun teams and tank crews.

The Mk VI proved to be a very reliable and hardy weapon, well able to withstand the mud and adverse conditions of trench warfare.

Several accessories were developed for the Mk VI, including a bayonet (made from a converted French Gras bayonet), speedloader devices (the ‘Prideaux Device’ and the Watson design) and a stock allowing for the revolver to be converted into a carbine.

The Mk VI .455 was in production from 1915 until 1923, over 125,000 were made and they remained in service until being retired in 1947, although the .38/200 Mk VI remained in service until 1963 alongside the Enfield No. 2 Mk I revolver.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for British and Commonwealth military from 1915 up to 1963.

Foxtrot example shown here is a Webley Mk VI revolver. It is chambered in .455, has standard bakelite grips, a lanyard ring and is in a blued finish.

Film Set Notes

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 mechanical sounds when the action 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.