Mark IV .38 caliber Webley & Scott sings across the NRA News screen
Fairfax, Virginia - The last few weeks have been a little crazy around NRA Headquarters. After a week in Vegas for the 2015 SHOT Show and we headed up to Pennsylvania for the Great American Outdoor Show. Hence the delay in our Curator’s Corner updates … but that’s about to change.
First item on the agenda is to catch up with a real looker - last week’s episode on the Webley & Scott Mark IV .38 Revolver.
“This gun was the workhorse of the (British) Empire,” said NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier.
More than a half million were put into the field during World War II. Coincidentally enough, it looked awful similar to the World War I workhorse the Mark VI … with one big difference.
“The Mark VI was a .455 and this is a .38/200. The American nomenclature use to be the Super Police.”
So why the change?
Better yet, why the change to a smaller caliber?
“They felt the .455 was too big. I don’t think you can get too big when it comes to .45s.”
Odd choice when it comes to creating a wartime firearm. But the powers at be were ready with a “reasonable” excuse.
“They said it keyholes and tumbles not too far out of the barrel which will create a more viscous wound. But you have to hit the enemy first.”
Despite the smaller caliber, the Webley is still something to see. A trademark on the grip, lanyard loop on the butt, and a “War Finish” stamp below the cylinder. They included the stamp for a very English reason.
“It’s not a high polish high gloss blue befitting of British Standards. They marked it War Finish so you knew it wasn’t their best effort.”
Head on over to the NRA News website and check it our for yourself.
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