WW1 and 2 S&W Mk.II Hand Ejector in .455 Webley
Guns International #: 101326097 Seller's Inventory #: 221
Category: Military Pistols - US - Smith & Wesson Revolvers - Military & Police
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First Name: Douglas
Last Name: Keepper
Country: United States
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Very good condition early production S&W Mk.II Hand Ejector in .455 Webley...this revolver was manufactured at the Springfield factory under contract with the British MoD in August of 1915, and shipped to the New York City office of Remington-UMC. who functioned as the official purchasing agents for the British government and was responsible for delivery to England. An outstanding sidearm, the Hand Ejector was a substitute-standard arm, purchased to fill shortages of the iconic Webley service revolver, and saw issue, primarily to enlisted men, as officers were expected to furnish their own sidearms at the time. The revolver has standard features, including a 6 1/2" round barrel with fixed front and rear sights, checkered wooden gold medallion grips, and chambering in Britain's military standard .455 Webley/Eley. A wonderfully honest example, the revolver was spared standard arsenal refinish between the wars, exhibiting rich factory blue, strong original case hardening on the hammer and trigger, and only evidence of holster wear. The markings consist of matching serial numbers and assembly numbers, with British military inspection marks on the frame, cylinder and barrel, standard S&W factory logo and barrel address, and no import mark, export mark, or post-Korean War pressure/tonnage proofing identify this revolver as likely having been sold as surplus sometime before 1954. One of the first 10% manufactured, this early, British .455 Webley Hand Ejector by American icon Smith & Wesson, would be a superb addition to any advanced collection.
Very good, the revolver has seen no restoration, refurbishment or refinish. Much of the frame retains lovey gloss from factory polishing, the hammer and trigger show rich, original case colors, and the bluing remains at 90%, the deduction attributed to fine scratches and edge wear. The cylinder has dulled slightly, the backstrap has faded to patina, and most of the wear on the barrel bluing is confined to within 1" of the barrel. There is some old lubricant in the crevices, and neither rust nor notable pitting is present on any metal surface. The markings are preserved, with matching serial numbers and matching assembly numbers. None of the markings have been buffed, although the proof and serial number on the cylinder face appear scuffed, and no import mark is present. The grips are good, having dings, nicks, and light to moderate wear to the checkering. Mechanically flawless, the action is superb, the gun locks up and times correctly, and the bore is graded as excellent, remaining bright with sharply-edged, unfaded rifling. There is light dust, a trace of frost, and no rust, pitting or heavy oxidation visible. Original lanyard ring is in place. The included open-top holster appears vintage with no markings, remaining in fine condition, as having been re-dyed at some point.
Buyer pays $45 shipping and handling fee. Ship from my FFL. Purchased from Commonwealth Arms. Writes up credited to Commonwealth Arms.