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Webley R.I.C. New Model No.1 'NSW Police' .450 Revolver (95031)

Availability: In stock

$2,995.00

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This is an excellent example of a Webley 1883 R.I.C. New Model No 1 “Metropolitan Police” Revolver that is marked to the New South Wales Police. An outstanding collectors item.

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In 1867 Webley introduced what would become known as the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) model revolver. Offered in a variety of calibers and barrel lengths, the model gained its name when it was adopted by the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1868.

The R.I.C. revolver had six shot plain cylinders (without flutes), that were loaded through a hinged gate in the right side of the frame. Empty cartridges were ejected via a swiveling ejector rod that was stored in the hollow center of the cylinder arbor pin. It would eventually be offered in .450, .476/.455, .455/.450, .430, .44 WCF (.44-40) and .45 Colt. Typical barrel lengths varied from around 2.5” to 4.5” in length.

The model proved to be extremely successful and was adopted by a number of British Commonwealth police forces. As a result of its popularity Webley released an improved model of the gun in 1880, the Model 1880 R.I.C. and Metropolitan and County Police No 1. This gun had an improved lock and ejector system, and was made with a 2.5” barrel to aid concealment. The revolvers were chambered for the .450 Boxer (also known as .450 Adams) cartridge. The revolvers were stamped on the left side of the frame, forward of the cylinder, with a pair manacled hands, over the initials 'M.P.' for Metropolitan Police.

In 1883, Webley introduced another model with further improvements. The Model 1883 or Webley’s R.I.C. New Model No 1. This was the first of the R.I.C. series to have a fluted cylinder. It also included further refinements to the lock and the ejector rod system. This model was officially adopted by the London police department and numerous Metropolitan Police versions of the New Model No 1 were sold in .450 with 2.5” barrels to Commonwealth police forces.

This is an excellent example of a Webley 1883 R.I.C. New Model No 1 'Metropolitan Police' revolver that is marked to the New South Wales Police. The topstrap of the revolver is clearly marked: 'P. WEBLEY & SON' on one side and 'LONDON & BIRMINGHAM' on the other. The left side of the frame is marked with the manacled hands logo with 'WEBLEY’S' above and 'M.P.' below. The ownership mark 'N.S.W. POLICE' is below Webley's logo with a police inventory number 1890 above this. The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number 95031. The bottom of the barrel (concealed by the cylinder arbor pin) is marked with the last two digits of the serial number 31 and the inside of the loading gate is marked with the last number, 1. The rear of the cylinders is marked with the calibre and the last three digits of the serial number, 031. The left side of the barrel to frame juncture is marked .450.

The revolver retains some of its original bright blued finish, although there are areas where this has faded, thinned, dulled and worn. There are a number of scratches, and some heavier marks, on the steel parts of the revolver. The barrel does not show much use and remains in excellent condition. The one-piece checkered walnut grip remains in very good condition. The checkering shows some minor wear as well as some dings, dents and scratches.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Manufacturer P. Webley & Son
Overall Length 181mm 7.13"
Barrel Length 64mm 2.5"
Weight 0.73 Kg 1 lb 10 oz
Cartridge .450
Cylinder Capacity 6
Made In United Kingdom