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Old January 14th, 2020, 08:01 PM #11
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Lordy, I swoon, I tell ya! Gorgeous! Scrounge up some .455 and go shoot it!
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Old January 14th, 2020, 10:47 PM #12
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MK Vs are rare, indeed commercial version even more so. The grips are interesting as all the MK Vs I've seen have "bird's head" shaped grips. They look more like MK VI shaped grips but I'm not sure that std MK VI grips will fit the MK V frame. They look to be custom, very attractive.
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Old January 15th, 2020, 02:45 AM #13
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MK Vs are rare, indeed commercial version even more so. The grips are interesting as all the MK Vs I've seen have "bird's head" shaped grips. They look more like MK VI shaped grips but I'm not sure that std MK VI grips will fit the MK V frame. They look to be custom, very attractive.
Actually, the grips birdhead shape is what drew my attention to the revolver immediately. I'll post a better photo below.

I've seen a few different grip checkering patterns, both in wood and in whatever the more
"plastic"-appearing grips may be composed of. It's entirely possible that the grips shown are aftermarket, but given the condition of the piece I'd tend to believe they were either original to the pistol, or added near the time of manufacture, but I'm just going on appearances and speculation. I see no reason to have replaced what would have been new-looking original grips with the ones on the pistol today, unless the early owner preferred wood at the time of purchase. (I'd have to agree with his taste in the matter, myself.)

Regarding rarity, it seems they may be more scarce than I thought. My original info regarding the serial numbers for commercial examples was in the range of 2000 pistols; according to the Imperial War Museum, this range was not limited to the Mark V. Below is a quote from their site, describing a revolver contemporary with mine:

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This is one of an 'aberrant' group of revolvers assembled from miscellaneous parts in the factory for private commercial sale to officers. It has, despite its markings, a Mark I frame and grips, a 'WG' style of cylinder latch and incorporates a military hammer. These arms fall within the serial number range 134000-135999, reserved in August 1914 for commercial revolvers (WS, Mark V and Mark VI).
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Congrats! Should go well with the Mk. III Pocket Model I sold you
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Congrats! Should go well with the Mk. III Pocket Model I sold you
Yes, they snuggle in the safe. I'm hoping they're like coat hangers, multiplying in the darkness.

That Mk III is sweet, too. Now that I'm outed, I'll prolly have to post up a pic of the two of them.
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And here's the pair, as promised. No sign of any hanky-panky , but they haven't been around each other for long. I'm hoping that propinquity will have an effect. I have no idea what the gestation period is for these critters, we'll just have to wait and see.
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Thats a very nice Webley. Mark V is one of the best still has the Boer war vibe but is suitable for smokeless powder.

I have one but its service issued but luckily in .455.

Nice score!
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