Webley Bullpup wrote:I agree that it looks like a Smith of that era. It's a swing-out cylinder model. I don't believe British military revolvers ever used same: didn't they move directly from the break-open .38 Webley, to the 9mm Browning M-35?
(the primary handgun users) were required to provide their own handgun (and all other kit and uniforms) at personal expense .... and were free to have whatever suitable and serviceable handgun they desired. Although they tended to prefer British-made handguns, many acquired them from other countries, including American-made revolvers
As for official patterns of service revolvers (which were for issue to Other Ranks deemed to require a pistol, not for officers) leaving aside the many London-made Colt Model 1851 percussion revolvers acquired during the 1850's, the War Department did not adopt any non- British handgun as even "substitute standard" until World War I. Starting in 1915 (IIRC) they purchased many Colt Model 1911 pistols, and S&W and Colt revolvers, because Webley couldn't hope to keep up with the vastly increased demand for handguns. (At the start of WWI the official service pistols were the .455 Webley Mark V revolver for Army issue.... soon supplanted by the Mark VI ..... and .455 Webley self loading pistol for Naval service.)
To my eye, this revolver has the appearance of one of the early 20th century S&W and Colt revolvers, rather than a Victorian-era piece. However, without a better picture or some idea of the markings, I am unable to say much more.
(The .380 No. 2 Enfield
revolver was not adopted until the 1930's. Despite the tendency of so many to refer to any British revolver as a Webley, this revolver was designed, and produced, at Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield. With the increased demand for handguns in WWII, the No. 2 Enfield was produced by a few other companies as well .... and the British Government did acquire a considerable number of a similar .380 Webley revolver .... but, of course, all this is well past the time-frame of the Forum.)