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PostSubject: Pistols and Revolvers   27th June 2010, 11:21 am

The first models of Enfield revolvers were the Mark I and Mark II they were the official British military sidearms from 1880 through 1887, Unlike most other self-extracting revolvers (such as the Webley service revolvers or the Smith & Wesson No. 3 Revolver), the Enfield Mk I/Mk II was somewhat complicated to unload, having an Owen Jones selective extraction/ejection system which was supposed to allow the firer to eject spent cartridges, whilst retaining live rounds in the cylinder. The Enfield Mk I/Mk II had a hinged frame, and when the barrel was unlatched, the cylinder would move forward, operating the extraction system and allowing the spent cartridges to simply fall out. The system was obsolete as soon as the Enfield Mk I was introduced, especially as it required reloading one round at a time via a gate in the side. Combined with the somewhat cumbersome nature of the revolver, and a tendency for the action to foul or jam when extracting cartridges, the Enfield Mk I/Mk II revolvers were never popular and eventually replaced in 1889 by the .455 calibre Webley Mk I revolver.

Enfield MK 1 Revolver
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PostSubject: Re: Pistols and Revolvers   27th June 2010, 11:44 am

In 1887, the British Army was searching for a revolver to replace the largely unsatisfactory Enfield Mk I & Mk II Revolvers, and Webley & Scott, who were already very well known makers of quality guns and had sold many pistols on a commercial basis to military officers and civilians alike, tendered the .455 calibre Webley Self-Extracting Revolver for trials. The military was suitably impressed with the revolver it was seen as a vast improvement over the Enfield revolvers then in service, and was subsiquently adopted in 1887 as the Webley, Mk 1.
It was rapidly modified by the time the Boar War came around it was on the MK 4 model, which chambered an .455 round, shortly after its introduction in 1899 it soon became known as the "Boer War Model" because of the large number of officers and Non-commissioned officers who purchased it on their way to the war.


Webley Mark I Revolver, circa 1887

At the out break of World War I The standard-issue military revolver was the Webley Mk V which had again been modified in 1913 but there were considerably more Mk IV revolvers in service in 1914, as the initial order for 20,000 Mk V revolvers had not been completed when hostilities began. On 24 May 1915, the Webley Mk VI was adopted as the standard sidearm for British and Commonwealth troops and remained so for the duration of the War. During that time it was standard issue to officers, airmen, naval crews, boarding parties, trench raiders, machine-gun teams, and tank crews. The Mk VI proved to be a very reliable and hardy weapon, well suited to the mud and adverse conditions of trench warfare, and several accessories were developed for the Mk VI, including a bayonet, a speedloader device and a stock allowing for the revolver to be converted into a carbine.

Webley Mark I Revolver, circa 1887

Looks like a copy of a Enfield MK 1-2

During the Second World War the official service pistol for the British military was the Enfield No. 2 Mk I .38/200 calibre revolver, but owing to a critical shortage of handguns, a number of other weapons were also adopted (first practically, then officially) to alleviate the shortage. As a result, both the Webley Mk IV in .38/200 and the .455 calibre Webley Mk VI were issued to personnel during the war. However after the War there was an exeptinal stock pile of the Webley and it continued to be a standard revolver up until 1963 when it was officially retire and replaced by the Browning HP.
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PostSubject: Re: Pistols and Revolvers   27th June 2010, 11:55 am

Browning HI 9mm



This was the most widely used hand gun of the British Armed Forces, and a standard issue to Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers (WOI ,WOII) it is also high on the list of side arm choices for British Special Forces operatives.
Originally designed in 1922 by John M Browning who died in 1926 before it was put in to production in1935 by the FN Herstal Company of Belgium.
In 1940, German forces took over the FN plant. German troops subsequently used the Hi-Power, having assigned it the designation Pistol 640(b) ("b" for belgisch, "Belgian"). Examples produced by FN in Belgium under German occupation bear a German inspection and acceptance mark, or Waffenamt, such as WaA613. In German service, it was used mainly by Waffen-SS and Fallschirmjäger. It is also the only weapon that was used by both opposing sides during WWII, the British version at that time being made in Canada.
There has been little changes over the years however the MK 3 High Power boasts ergonomic ambidextrous handling with added safety should the weapon be dropped while a round is chambered.

And although it is still in service the HP is about to be retired and replaced with the P226 SIG Pistol (L105A1, L105A2 and L106A1)


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PostSubject: Re: Pistols and Revolvers   27th June 2010, 11:56 am

The P226 SIG Pistol

The SIG Pistol (L105A1, L105A2 and L106A1) has been purchased as a replacement for the Browning but is only on issue to ‘some’ units. It was acquired as an urgent operational requirement for use in Afghanistan.

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PostSubject: Re: Pistols and Revolvers   27th June 2010, 12:25 pm

Heckler & Koch P11 Underwater Pistol
Very little is known about the HK P11. It is a special pistol that fires underwater. What is known is that it will fire five shots, but after the five shots are fired, there is a significant delay in reloading.
It is a 1970 German design and entered service in 1976, Because ordinary-shaped rounds are inaccurate and have a very short range when used underwater it fires a 7.62 x 36 calibre darts either above or underwater. The effective range of the P11 is reported at 30 meters above water and 10 to 15 meters underwater. It has five barrels, each of which is loaded with a cartridge, giving the gun a pepper-box appearance, and it is electrically ignited from a battery pack in the pistol grip. After firing all five cartridges, the barrel unit must be sent back to its manufacturer for reloading. Although previously HK denied its existance the P11 is reportedly in service with German combat divers, the British SAS, SBS, SSR and U.S. Special forces and Navy Seals. It is also used by Dutch, Danish, Norwegian and Israeli combat divers.

Heckler & Koch P11 Underwater Pistol
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PostSubject: Re: Pistols and Revolvers   27th June 2010, 12:41 pm

The Walther PPK is used as a secondary weapon by some who prefer it over other makes and models. Although the PPK has been in existence for a number of years, as James Bond enthusiasts can attest to, the newer P99 seems to be the choice because it can easily be hidden during duties such as body guarding.
The design of the P99 was initiated in 1994, and was presented for trials and submitted for approval in 1996. The main goal was to develop a new modern style police and self-defense handgun that incorporated all of the latest developments at a fraction of the of its predecessor the Walther P88.
The military version differs only in color; as the frame is military green instead of the standard spy black. This pistol is reported as extremely reliable and very accurate, especially in the 9mm version.

Walther P99


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PostSubject: Re: Pistols and Revolvers   18th January 2011, 11:13 am

The GLOCK 19 is ideal for versatile use
through reduced dimensions compared with
the standard pistol size. With the proven caliber
of 9x19, it has found worldwide distribution in
security services. In addition to being used as a
conventional service weapon, it is suitable for concealed carry or as a backup weapon.

LENGTH
174 mm / 6.85 in.
HEIGHT
127 mm / 5.00 in.

MAG. CAPACITY
Standard: 15
OPTIONAL
17 / 19 or 33 Rounds

Optional Silencer Available






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