Webley Mark IV

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  1. H8tulooze

    H8tulooze New Member

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  2. Xracer

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    Hi H8tulooze....welcome to TFF. :)

    Webley Mk. IV's were confusing....because there were two of 'em. The Mark IV (Mark 4, 1899) in caliber .455 Webley, and the Mark IV (Mark 4, 1942) in caliber .38/200 (.38 Smith & Wesson).

    Yours is the Mk.IV (1899) in .455 Webley.

    Here's some more info on Webley military revolvers:

    http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg91-e.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webley_Revolver
    http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/4849/webley.html
    http://www.marstar.ca/AssemblyWebley.htm

    The Standard Catalog of Military Firearms gives a value of:

    Webley Mk.IV (1899):

    Exc. - $375
    V.G. - $300
    Good - 225

    If yours locks up tight and has a good bore, I'd say it falls in between the Good to Very Good category....maybe $250 or so.
  3. Alpo

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    Might be worth more. It hasn't been shaved, and guns that haven't are hard to find.
  4. H8tulooze

    H8tulooze New Member

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    Thanks for the info. BTW what do you mean by "shaved"?
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    He means.....had the back of the cylinder shaved so that it could fire .45ACP with 1/2 moon clips.

    In the '50's & '60's, many of these older .455 Webleys were imported, but .455 (rimmed) ammo was scarce & expensive. In order to make them more attractive & useable to American shooters, the importers had the back of the cylinders machine shaved so that they'd accepot .45ACP with 1/2 moon clips.
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    Yep. I know lots of folks with Webleys. And most of them, like mine, have been shaved. Which makes unshaved guns scarce, and therefore more valuable. First time I ever saw one (must have been '74) I fell in love with that ugly thing. Like a bulldog, they are so ugly they are beautiful. And I thought that the machining of the cylinder was a great idea. Couldn't buy it (wasn't old enough). Found one 6 or 7 years ago. Snatched it up real quick before the idiot found out he had it underpriced. I really enjoy it, but I wish it had an unbuggered cylinder.
  7. Alpo

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    This Mark V has not been shaved.
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    This Mark III has.
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  8. H8tulooze

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    Thanks for the info. So mine is not shaved, how much more value or a total should it bring? I am selling off my collection of guns.

    Thanks
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    H8tulooze, thinking that Xracer's values might be a little low, I asked some people that collect Webleys. They said 5 to 6 hundred, "at least". http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=33041

    Might try some better pictures (taken outdoors, in natural light. your flash washed out much of the ones you posted).
  10. H8tulooze

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    Will do Alpo, thanks for the info.
  11. milpas

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    Joe Salter is offering a IV for 795 Item # 9104. His many pictures should give you a good way to compare yours.
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