Webley Mark VI
Acquired used, with an unknown number of rounds fired prior to my acquiring it.
I finally had the opportunity this week to hit the range with my newest acquisition, an unshaved cylinder .455 Webley Mark VI revolver.
It appears that when many Webleys were imported into the US they had their cylinders "shaved" to accept the 45 ACP round, but with lower powder charges. Mine is "unshaved", so it shoots the harder-to-find .455 Webley Mark 2 ammunition. (I found some 262gr Fiocchi at Midway.)
I didn't put as many rounds down range as I would have liked, but here's what I found.
Loading this revolver is a delight. What a machine! What metal!
(Note: this is not my revolver, but it looks pretty much exactly the same.)
It's a double-action revolver with a 6-round capacity and a top-break loading. It has an auto-ejector that brings out the cartridges quite nicely. The .455 Webley round has a thin rim that makes this feature helpful.
The top-break lever is well-placed so that one's right thumb is perfectly positioned to activate it. The six rounds seated for me probably as well as the first day it went into service.
I first put the target out around 20 feet. This thing has an amazingly-long trigger pull. Someday I'd like to get it measured. It's easily the heaviest trigger that I own. The trigger does pull all the way back, allowing you to pinch your finger between the trigger and the guard if you're not careful.
In DA shooting, I tended to shoot a bit high and to the right, with a poor grouping. Still, I hit the target!
In SA shooting, I had a much-tighter grouping but was still just a bit too high and to the right. This was consistent through the three groups of six rounds I sent downrange.
The fellow next to me came over at one point to tell me that he loved the sound it was making. (At an indoor range I tend to use both in-the-ear and muffs, so I wasn't hearing anything.)
I have since read some articles/posts that seemed to indicate that I was shooting too near, which might explain why I was hitting higher than where I was aiming.
Overall, it was a delight to shoot. I'll need both some more ammo and the equipment for reloading. I'm hoping to take it outdoors next week.