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Webley & Scott Model 1905

Compact Semi-Automatic Service Pistol

Webley & Scott Model 1905

Compact Semi-Automatic Service Pistol


The Webley & Scott Model 1905 appeared in the period just before World War 1 and managed to see service in the years-long conflict.
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ORIGIN: United Kingdom
YEAR: 1905
MANUFACTURER(S): Webley & Scott Revolver Arms Company - UK
OPERATORS: United Kingdom

Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. * Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Semi-Automatic; Blowback
LENGTH (OVERALL): 160 millimeters (6.30 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 90 millimeters (3.54 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 1.25 pounds (0.57 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear

Series Model Variants
• Model 1905 - Base Standard Model
• Model 1906
• Model 1908
• Model Pocket Auto


Detailing the development and operational history of the Webley & Scott Model 1905 Compact Semi-Automatic Service Pistol.  Entry last updated on 8/9/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
Webley & Foster produced the rather clumsy Model 1905 pistol. The product was the first by Webley to feature a blowback action and intended as a police and military weapon - thusly made compact to fit in a holster. Chambered for .32 ACP and firing from an eight-round detachable box magazine fitted into the grip base, the weapon was introduced in 1911, first to London Metropolitan Police units and, later, as a military sidearm (issuance to the Royal Navy). As such the series saw some action in World War 1 (1914-1918) but was not well-liked for certain inherent features it held - the barrel protruding beyond the gun body as did the oblong trigger loop.

Overall length measured 160mm with a barrel length of 90mm. Overall (unloaded) weight became 0.565 kilograms.

Other models in the collection included the Model 1906 and Model 1908 entries.

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