Gun of the Week: British Enfield No. 2, Mark 1 Revolver

Webley 2

I got this gun last weekend. It was a bargain at $385. It is worth at least double that. It was originally designed for  British “Tankers”. It has no hammer to catch on the insides of the tank.

Type: Double Action (Mark 1) or Double Action Only (Mark 1* and Mark 1**)
Chamber: .38/200 (.38S&W)
Weight unloaded: 765 g
Length: 260 mm
Barrel length: 127 mm
Capacity: 6 rounds

This revolver was developed at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield in 1926 – 1927. The design is based on scaled down Webley Mark 6 “break-top” frame, with cylinder chambered for 6 .38/200 rounds. The hammer/trigger group was redesigned, with manual hammer safety lock added, and with separate cylinder lock. This revolver was adopted for British Military service in 1932 as Enfield revolver, .38 caliber, No.2 Mark 1. After 1938, almost all No.2 Mk1s were converted into No.2 Mark 1* configuration.
Enfield No.2 Mark 1* were developed in the late 1930s for British Tank Corps, and are distinguished from early Mark 1 by spurless, Double Action Only hammers, lighter mainsprings, and re-shaped grip side plates. The spurless DAO hammers were required by Tank Corps command to avoid snagging the hammers on tank internals.
Enfield No.2 Mark 1** appeared in the 1942 as a simplified, wartime design. These guns were similar to No.2 Mark 1*, but without the hammer stop. After the 1945, all those revolvers were recalled and converted into No.2 Mark 1* configuration.

I will feature one gun a week on this site.  I figure I can go an entire year with guns I already have. So it leaves me a year to get more guns for next year.

2 thoughts on “Gun of the Week: British Enfield No. 2, Mark 1 Revolver

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