Webley & Scott Signal Pistols

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Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III Signal Pistol - 1 inch - brass frame and barrel
Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III* Signal Pistol - 1 inch - brass frame and barrel
No.1 Mk. V Signal Pistol - 1 inch - steel frame and barrel
Webley & Scott No.2 Mk. V Signal Pistol
Webley & Scott No. 4 Mk. I Signal Pistol - 37 mm

The Webley & Scott produced single-shot, break open Signal Pistols for used by British & Commonwealth Military Forces during the First and Second World Wars. Perhaps the most prolific of these was the No.1 MkIII, produced in 1911 at the company's Birmingham facility.



Webley & Scott Mk III Signal Pistol.

  • Year of Production: 1911
  • Caliber: 1 inch [25 mm]
  • Length: 8 inches
  • Barrel Length: 4 inches
  • Weight:

Added a lanyard swivel on the butt in 1915.

Webley & Scott Mk III* Signal Pistol.

  • Year of Production: 1916
  • Caliber: 1 inch [25 mm]
  • Length: 9.5 inches
  • Barrel Length: 5.5 inches
  • Weight:

Added a flanged muzzle extension as a safety feature. Its purpose was to keep the operator's hand clear of the muzzle when the barrel was depressed for loading and unloading shells from its breech.

Webley & Scott No.1 Mk V

  • Year of Production: 1915
  • Caliber: 1 inch [25 mm]
  • Length: ?
  • Barrel Length: 4 inches
  • Weight:

A simplified steel version of the Mk III. It had 50% parts commonality with the .455-caliber Webley Mk VI service revolver.

Webley & Scott No.2 Mk V

  • Year of Production: 1916
  • Caliber: 1 inch [25 mm]
  • Length: ?
  • Barrel Length: ?
  • Weight:

A No.1 Mk V with a longer flanged barrel like the Mk III*.

The Webley & Scott MkIII Signal Pistol appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Carry on, Sergeant! German soldier Mk. III* 1928
The Fighting 69th James Cagney Pvt. Jerry Plunkett 1940
Paratrooper Leo Genn Maj. John Snow No. 1 Mk. V 1953
Gorgo A British sailor No. 1 Mk. III* 1961
A British soldier No. 4 Mk. I
Lawrence of Arabia Anthony Quayle Col. Brighton 1962
Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole Col. Lawrence 1962
Dirty Dozen, The Clint Walker Samson Posey No. 1 Mk. III* 1967
Gang War in Naples Customs officer No. 2 Mk. V 1972
Syndicate Sadists Alessandro Cocco Giampiero Marsili No. 2 Mk. V 1975
The People That Time Forgot Patrick Wayne Maj. Ben McBride 1977
The Razor's Edge James Keach Grey 1984
Biggles: Adventures in Time Neil Dickson James 'Biggles' Bigglesworth 1986
The Trench Danny Dyer Lance Cpl. Dell 1999
Survival of the Dead Alan Van Sprang Sgt. Crocket 2010
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Brandon Routh Dylan Dog No. 4 Mk. 1 2011
Cockneys vs. Zombies Mk. III* 2012
Dunkirk Tom Hardy Farrier No. 4 Mk. I 2017
Jack Lowden Collins No. 4 Mk. I
Journey's End Asa Butterfield Second Lieutenant Raleigh No. 3 Mk I 2018
Journey's End Stephen Graham Second Lieutenant Trotter No. 3 Mk I 2018


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Hawaii Five-O (1968) - Season 1 Kam Fong Chin Ho 1968
Doctor Who Paul Darrow Capt. Sam Hawkins "Doctor Who and the Silurians" 1970
Anzacs Australian troops 1985

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Time Crisis 3 "Grenade" No. 4 Mk. I 2003
Forgotten Hope 2 MkIII 2005
Far Cry 2 No. 4 Mk. I 2008
NecroVisioN: Lost Company No. 1 Mk. III* 2010
Assassin's Creed Syndicate Flare Gun 2015
Mad Max Flare Gun No. 3 Mk. I 2015
Battlefield 1 No. 1 Mk. III* 2016


Title Character Note Date
Black Lagoon ("Mangrove Heaven" (S01E02)) Rock No. 1 Mk. III* 2006
Violet Evergarden Gilbert Bougainvillea Ep. 08, No. 1 Mk. III* 2018

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