Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver

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Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver - .455 Webley

The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver is a Revolver manufactured between 1901 and 1924 by Webley and Scott, which is automatically ready to fire again after the firing (self-loading). Characteristic is the zigzag-shaped cut on the cylinder. The prototype was made in 1895 by Lieutenant Colonel George Vincent Fosbery based on a Colt Single Action Army. It was produced by the British company Webley and Scott in Birmingham to series maturity, where it was produced from 1901 to 1924. The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver has a 6-round .455 caliber barrel (a few were also made with 8 .38 ACP caliber). It was built in several slightly different versions. The barrel length of 7.5 inches remained the same (shorter versions exist), but the other dimensions varied by a few millimeters. There were only 4750 Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolvers built.

When shot, the upper frame with cimylinder and barrel on the handle frame runs back while the cock is stretched by a mounted in the handle frame spring, it is brought forward again. In the return and forward a protruding from the handle frame pin engages in the serving as a guide curves zig-zag grooves on the outside of the cylinder and rotate it further. The weapon is ready to fire again. It is apparent from the patent of 1897 that the generally used system was initially intended for cylinder transport.

As with the large-caliber Webley Revolvers, the barrel has to be dumped to load the Webley-Fosbery. In order to deliver the first shot, the barrel-cylinder system has to be withdrawn, whereupon it is brought forward again by spring force. The fuse, a lever mounted on the left side of the frame, was necessary as the gun was guided with the cock cocked



  • Caliber: .455 Webley or .38 ACP
  • Capacity: 6 (.455) or 8 (.38 ACP)
  • Action:Recoil operated semi-automatic revolver
  • Weight (unloaded): 43.68 oz.
  • Overall Length: 11 inches
  • Barrel Length: 6 inches
  • Dates of Manufacture: 1901-1924
  • Number built: approx 4,750

The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Maltese Falcon Ward Bond Detectve Tom Polhaus 1941
Mary Astor Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Zardoz Sean Connery Zed 1974
The Lost City of Z Robert Pattinson Henry Costin 2017

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Pathologic "Revolver" 2005
Verdun "Webley-Fosbery" ANZAC update 2018 2015
Battlefield 1 "Auto Revolver" 2016


Film/TV Show Character Note Date
Princess Principal Ange 2017

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