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Hello-

Last week I purchased one of these old British workhorses.
I wondered if any other members could tell me a bit more about some of this pistol's markings.

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The SPT 50 stamp only appears at one location on the gun, that being on the side of the cylinder. I don't know if this would be a rebuild date or a police property mark, but I'd expect either of those should be on the frame.


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The manufacturer designation is the standard mid to late war one of a stylized D followed by an I and two stars.
( Indicating a Mark I **, the last of design revisions )
They are quite faint, possibly due to a refurbishment?



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The barrel is stamped with a small '45' on the top, which I take to be the year in which my revolver was turned out.
It also has a deeply struck 'cal 38' which appears to have been applied by an early importer prior to the 1968 GCA.
Serial number on the piece is Z G 3512, by the way.

Any Thoughts?

Rich M.
 

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I think your "SPT 50" stamp on your cylinder might be a steel lot number. I have two of these No.2 revolvers, each is matched, and each also bears an alpha-numeric on the cylinder, 3 letters and a couple of numbers. (going by memory right now)
45 is the manufacture date, and I'm not sure who stamped the "cal .38"
I'd always assumed it was the Brits, as this revolver was a departure from the earlier big .455 Weblys that were still in common use.

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Gents:
"Cal. .38" is a standard barrel stamp on Webley and Enfield .38 inch revolvers.
Isn't .380/200 a designation for the Mk I cartridge?
The "45" on the barrel is the year the barrel was proved, not the year the frame was made.
I have a No. 2 Mk. I with a 1931 frame and 1932 proved barrel.
Nice looking revolver. Have you shot it yet?
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Gents:
"Cal. .38" is a standard barrel stamp on Webley and Enfield .38 inch revolvers.
Isn't .380/200 a designation for the Mk I cartridge?
The "45" on the barrel is the year the barrel was proved, not the year the frame was made.
I have a No. 2 Mk. I with a 1931 frame and 1932 proved barrel.
Nice looking revolver. Have you shot it yet?
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Hi Rich,

My 1938, with the spur hammer and flat striated grips has the cylinder marked "ESC 29".
My 1941, with the bobbed hammer and wooden thumb rest grips has the cylinder marked "ESC 321"

Both revolvers were Enfield made.

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Hi Rich,

My 1938, with the spur hammer and flat striated grips has the cylinder marked "ESC 29".
My 1941, with the bobbed hammer and wooden thumb rest grips has the cylinder marked "ESC 321"

Both revolvers were Enfield made.

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Thanks All
I knew that M1 Garand bolts had steel lot numbers, but
it never occurred to me that this might be one, also.
The '50' part seemed just right to be the year of 1950.

No, I haven't fired it. Recoil shouldn't be too bad,
once you get used to the trigger pull, I suppose...
My house is more or less a retirement home for old guns:)

Rich
 
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