Webley and Scott

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Webley and Scott are a manufacturer of firearms, from Birmingham, England.

The company ceased manufacture of firearms in 1979, and now produces air pistols and air rifles.

Webley provided revolvers in both World Wars. Between the wars the introduction of the Firearms act limiting availability of handguns to civilians led to the development of their first air pistol in 1924.

Webley

The Webley company was founded by William Davies, who made bullet moulds, and was taken over in 1834 by his son-in-law Philip Webley, who changed to the production of guns, most famously revolvers. In 1897 Webley amalgamated with W & C Scott and Sons to become The Webley and Scott Revolver and Arms Company Ltd of Birmingham.

Production

Webley and Scott supplied military and police firearms, both revolvers and self-loading pistols (semi-automatic pistols).

Famous Guns

  • The Royal Irish Constabulary Revolver 1867
  • The Boxer Revolver
The Boxer took the most powerful hand gun cartridge of the day - the .577 Boxer.
  • The Mars Automatic Pistol, a turn of the century, automatic pistol firing a large bottle-shaped cartidge.
Nicknamed 'The Peacemaker of the British Empire'. Available in 0.450, 0.476 and 0.455 inch calibres, these were the standard handgun of the British Army from 1887 to 1918, and continued in use until 1963. After 1921, they were manufactured by the government-owned Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield.


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