Webley revolver
Webley Mark VI CO2 Pellet Revolver.

This report covers:

  • It’s NOT airsoft; it’s a pellet pistol
  • Large!
  • Ferrous report
  • Front sight
  • Safety
  • Worn finish
  • Lanyard loop
  • Field-strippable
  • That’s it
  • Webley to make Mark IV revolvers for India’s civilians
  • Summary

Today we begin looking at the Webley Mark VI CO2 Pellet Revolver with a 2.5-inch barrel. This revolver shoots pellets through a rifled barrel — a fact that Webley didn’t think was important enough to put on the box, though they did mention that it is a fully functional airsoft gun! Yes, BB reads the box!

Webley box
Yepper — Webley thinks it’s an airsoft gun. Not really, though. Someone just didn’t proofread the box. See — BB isn’t the only one who does that!

It’s NOT airsoft; it’s a pellet pistol

Webley even labeled the barrel with 3.0 joules, which is 2.21 foot-pounds. That must be important for sales in some countries, though not in the United States. And I suspect it stems from the revolver’s airsoft heritage.

Large!

Although it has a 2-1/2-inch barrel, this revolver is huge! It’s close to the size of many other 4-inch barreled revolvers. I own a genuine Webley Mark VI firearm revolver and this pellet pistol is sized appropriately. And it’s heavy. It weighs 2 lbs. 1.4 oz., so you know you have something when you hold it.

Ferrous report

Unlike the firearm the only steel parts on the outside of the pellet revolver are the screws. The remainder of the parts are aluminum.

Front sight

The front sight seems anomalous until you check other historical Webley revolvers. The older Mark I and Mark II revolvers with short barrels had the same sight. The front sight is machined directly into the barrel and is nothing more than a simple hump. The military versions have longer barrels (4 and 6 inches) and a front sight post that is separate from its base.

Webley pellet sight
The front sight on the pellet pistol is cast (machined on the firearm) from the same material as the outer barrel.

Webley firearm sight
On the military and law enforcement 4-inch and 6-inch revolvers the front sight is a replaceable insert. But on the 2-1/2-inch barrel the front sight is the same hump as the pellet pistol.

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Safety

This revolver has a safety, which is no doubt a liability thing. When someone testifies on the witness stand that the revolver fired on its own accord and the defense learns that it has no safety, they hammer that into the jury. If the jurors were selected correctly the lack of a safety on a revolver will mean something to someone with no experience with revolvers. Revolvers have no safeties except in Agatha Christie novels.

Webley safety
Yes, this Webley revolver does have a safety. At least it’s unobtrusive.

Aged finish

This revolver has an aged finish that would be correct on a handgun carried for years in a holster. Pyramyd Air calls it a battlefield finish, but this model revolver never made it to the battlefield.

Lanyard loop

At this time in history it was common for handguns to have lanyard loops, just as pistols made 60 years before all had skull-crushing metal caps on the bottom of their grips. Soldiers had lanyards attached to their person and to these loops. Theoretically lanyards were for cavalry troops so they wouldn’t drop their sidearms, but everybody used them. So the civilian model is period-correct for having one, even if civilians didn’t need them as much. Heck, even the Colt 1911 US pistols had lanyard loops for the same reason.

Field-strippable

You can read on the box flap pictured above that the revolver can be field stripped. Don’t get too excited though because field stripping this revolver is extremely simple.

Webley strip step 1
To field strip the revolver break it open and remove the cylinder cam lever lock screw (arrow).

This screw is one place where Webley didn’t maintain accuracy with the original. The slot in the screw head is supposed to be large enough for the edge of a shilling to fit.

Webley firearm strip
On the firearm the takedown screw has a slot for a shilling coin.

But the pellet pistol disassembly screw isn’t slotted like the screw on the firearm. That’s sad because the screw in the pellet pistol is steel and could easily have been done right. Fortunately I now own a Vessel screwdriver whose slotted bit fits this pellet pistol screw slot exactly.

Webley screw out
Remove the one screw and swing the cylinder cam lever up. This frees the cylinder.

Webley cylinder out
Pull the cylinder straight up and out of the crane that it turns in.

That’s it

That is as far as this pellet pistol disassembles and the same for the firearm. You can now clean everything that needs cleaning (in the firearm) or just enjoy the experience (with the pellet pistol).

Webley to make Mark IV revolvers for India’s civilians

This has nothing to do with today’s pellet pistol but this was just released yesterday and I thought you might like to know. The Mark IV revolver is a .38 caliber handgun used by many military forces and law enforcement agencies supported by the UK. Webley will now make them for Indian civilians who have been disarmed since 1980. The caliber will be .32, but which .32 cartridge is not clear as the reporter for the Hindustan Times, Tanmay Chatterjee, didn’t specify.

Summary

What a cool replica airgun! If you ever get one in your hands you will agree, I’m sure. This is going to be a fun test.