With the up and coming centenary of the Great War, I have decided to begin collecting the major small arms of the conflict. I have begun with the major British weapons of the conflict, being the Webley MK4 .455 revolver and the SMLE rifle, as the British side of the war is where my main interest lies and due to the fact that its a period that I personally re-enact in the UK. Over the coming years I plan to continue collecting eventually getting a Gew 98, c96 Mauser, the Later MK6 Webley and what ever else I can lay my hands on .
Here is my webley MK 4 .455. it's a fine example which hasn't been messed with and retains the full serial number on the cylinders, which shows it hasn't been converted over to being able to fire .45 ammo. I'm still unsure as to what all of the markings mean and any advice on these would be great.
This is my SMLE, its 1907 dated and has many of the early feature such as volley and windage sights. These features are far from common as they were gotten rid of during the war to speed up the production of the rifles. The rifle isn't strictly the same variant as the one in production during the war as the rifle is a mk1 *** instead of the mk3/3* patterns that were in production but my main living history portrayal is of a soldier in the BEF during 1914 so the rifle is quite fitting.
If anyone else is doing the same thing or just has other firearms from the period it would be great to see some photos and to get some advice on what to look out for when buying guns from the period.
All the Best