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Handguns of The Great War: Webleys, Fosberys and Colts

The workhouse handgun of the British army at the start of World War I in 1914 was the Webley, big, ugly top-breaks chambered in .455. While not likely to win a beauty contest, Webley’s revolvers—from the Mk I through the Mk VI—were chambered for a man-stopping cartridge and were extremely reliable. Not so reliable was the Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver (not to be confused with Cruncberries)—that’s right a semi-automatic revolver. Additionally, the British and their Commonwealth allies bought Colts and Smith & Wessons, including the ubiquitous Government Model chambered in .455.

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