Webley Mk III .38 service revolver

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.

 

 

Overview

 The Webley Mk III service revolver is a 6 shot top break revolver, it has a 4” barrel and is chambered for .38/200.

The Webley Mk III is one of a series of revolvers built by Webley & Scott, identical to the Mk II, but with modifications to the cylinder cam and related parts. It was officially adopted on 5 October 1897, however, most were not issued with exception of a number that were marked with the “broad arrow” acceptance stamp on the top strap. These few went into service with the Royal Navy.

The Hong Kong Police and Royal Singaporean Police were issued Webley Mk III & Mk IV .38/200 revolvers from the 1930s. Singaporean Police Webleys were equipped with safety catches, a rather unusual feature in a revolver.

These were gradually retired in the 1970s as they came in for repair, and were replaced with Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38 revolvers.

The London Metropolitan Police were also known to use Webley revolvers, as were most colonial police units until just after WWII.

There may still be some police units with Webley Mk IV revolvers that, whilst not issued, are still present in the armoury.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for British and Commonwealth military and police forces from 1897, through  WWI and WWII and up to the late 1960s.

Foxtrot example shown here is a Webley Mk III revolver. It is chambered in .38/200, has standard bakelite grips, a lanyard ring and is in a blued 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.