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British Enfield No.2 Mk.I* .38/200 Revolver (J9335)

Availability: Out of stock

$895.00

Quick Overview

Made in 1940, this Enfield No.2 Mk.I* revolver is in excellent condition. The pistol retains almost all of its original finish and the wood grips have minor marks only. The barrel is, likewise, in excellent condition.

Details

Made in 1940, this Enfield No.2 Mk.I* revolver is in excellent condition. The pistol retains almost all of its original finish and the wood grips have minor marks only. The barrel is, likewise, in excellent condition.

While the Webley revolvers in .455 had proven to be effective during the First World War, it was believed that the recoil of the .455 cartridge complicated marksmanship training. Following the First World War, the British Army decided that a smaller and lighter .38 calibre revolver would be preferable. Requirements for the new revolver included: a double-action revolver with less weight and recoil, that could be quickly mastered by a minimally trained soldier, and with a good probability of hitting an enemy with the first shot at extremely close ranges. Webley & Scott tendered their Webley Mk IV revolver in .38/200 calibre. Rather than adopting this design, the British authorities took the design to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield, who were subsequently able to design a very similar revolver. The Enfield design was quickly accepted under the designation Revolver, No 2 Mk I, and was adopted in 1931. In 1938 the Mk I* (spurless hammer, double-action only) was adopted and the Mk I** (simplified for wartime production) was adopted in 1942.

Webley sued the British Government for £2,250, being "costs involved in the research and design" of the revolver. Their action was contested by Enfield, who stated that the Enfield No 2 Mk I was actually designed by Captain Boys (the Assistant Superintendent of Design, famous for the Boys Rifle) with assistance from Webley & Scott, and not the other way around—accordingly, their claim was denied. By way of compensation, however, the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors awarded Webley & Scott £1,250.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Manufacturer Enfield
Overall Length 260mm 10.25"
Barrel Length 127mm 5.03"
Weight 0.765 Kg 1 lb 11 oz
Cartridge .38/200
Cylinder Capacity 6
Made In UK