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Despite what some people may think, the very fact of being available to military personnel is not sufficient to make the handgun a military weapon.
The handgun is not a suitable weapon for modern-day conflicts, and it is usually kept as a service weapon mostly out of necessity.
As a matter of fact, “cavalry rifles” did exist, but a profitable use of this weapon required some training on the specific shooting positions and manual operation.
Handguns, on the other hand, could be used rather easily and held in one hand, thus allowing the cavalryman to hold a firm grip on the reins with the other.
Second Boer War World War I Easter Rising Irish War of Independence Irish Civil War World War II Indonesian National Revolution Korean War British colonial conflicts The Troubles Dissident Irish Republican campaign numerous others The Webley Revolver (also known as the Webley Top-Break Revolver or Webley Self-Extracting Revolver ) was, in various marks, a standard issue service pistol for the armed forces of the United Kingdom, and the British Empire and Commonwealth, from 1887 until 1963.
The Webley is a top-break revolver and breaking the revolver operates the extractor, which removes cartridges from the cylinder.
In fact, as it is the case whenever a radical change takes place, semi-automatic pistols went under severe scrutiny before armies eventually decided to adopt them as official service weapons. You could not do without it, as it was the only self loading weapon that military officers – and not only them, just think of the cavalry - could carry at all times.
The Mark VI Webley was adopted in 1915 and served as a primary British handgun through 1932.
SN 394085 Perhaps best known as a manufacturer of handguns, the Webley name's association with firearms extends to the early 19th century.
The early version of the cartridge (c.1904) had a shorter 21.7mm semi-rimmed case with a narrow rim and a pointed bullet.
A later improved version of the cartridge (c.1910) was similar except it had a 23.54mm long case and a round-nosed bullet.