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The Webley Service Revolver (Osprey Weapons #19)

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The Webley .455in service revolver is among the most powerful top-break revolvers ever produced and has a claim to be the first 'tactical fighting pistol'. First adopted in 1887, in various marques it was the standard-issue service pistol for British and Commonwealth armed forces for nearly fifty years; later versions in .38in calibre went on to see further service in Worl ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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I like the Osprey series on famous firearms. Each book is eighty pages long and provides a balance of technical history (engineering, design, manufacturing, variations)and roles that the weapon played in military, law enforcement and other activities. The books are heavily illustrated with photos, original artwork depicting the weapon in use (typically in the past), and diagrams. Some might not like them because they do not provide in-depth details about each and every engineering change or inde ...more
Roy Szweda
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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My latest "borrow" from Jim and I agree with him, this is a great read for history and engineering. Not for everyone of course - too slight for purists, too "mechanical" maybe for history buffs into battles or such. However, if you want to learn how this key contributor to British services (and many others) came to be, evolved and was used then look no further. Many photos form the author himself along with some nice new art make this a good book to dip into or read cover to cover.
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Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
awesome read and really easy to read
Matthew Dambro
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview of the British revolver that soldier on from the 1880's to 1970. The history is accurate and enougn technical detail about the weapon and the ammunition for the surliest grognard. Osprey Series always does a workmanlike job in their books. A quick read but informative and photographs and paintings for the modeler.
Leif Bodnarchuk
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Tons of technical information. A real gun-nerd's book. A bit difficult to get through if you're looking for snippets of stories and general information, but they're in there, hiding among the jargon.
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An interesting review of a pistol that covered 50+years of service across the british empire and became iconic. Heck - even 'Indiana Jones' carried a webley!
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