Webley Fosbery Automatic revolver .455″

01. Original name Webley “Fosbery” Automatic Revolver  
02. Other official names   
03. Popular names   
04. Chamberings .455 Cordite  
05. Designed by George V Fosbery, William J Whiting and the Webley & Scott Revolver and Arms Co. Limited  
06. Design date Brt. Pat. 16 August 1895 -6 June 1896 – 29 October 1896 (G V Fosbery); Brt. Pat. 13 October 1900 – 8 March 1901 – (W J Whiting & Webley & Scott Ltd).  
07. In service date(s) Officer private purchase firearm. It was only used officially by the RNAS who purchased a small quantity in 1915  
08. Adopted by   
09. Production quantities Only produced in relatively small quantities, total production including the rare .38 calibre models, was less than 4400 units  
10. Mechanism Six shot, hinge frame, self-cocking mechanism  
11. Weight 2 lbs 10 oz  
12. Mountings   
13. Practicality in action Highly dependable, although considered susceptible to the ingress of dirt and mud. A very accurate in the hands of an expert shot  
14. Comments / Other information The Webley Fosbery was the only design to successfully harness the energy of recoil to rotate and cock the hammer on an otherwise conventional revolver design. For some years it was thought to be a real alternative to the early automatic pistols which could only fire small calibre bullets at high velocities