A few of these are written up in Secrets of the Surface World, but there are no pictures of them.  Since their stats are fairly similar, a lot of the reason for choosing one over the other is the look of the piece.  does it match the look of the character?  Does it aid in the character background (for instance, a Yugoslavian partisan might carry a Nagant 7.62mm revolver [Soviet stuff sold to them] or a Luger or Walther P-38 taken off of a German officer…)

Chamelot Delvigne or MAS 1873 11mm

The MAS1873 was the French standard from 1873 until 1889 and used an underpowered 11mm round.  While the gun was out of service after that, the Italians used a revolver based on it — the Bodeo Model 1889 10.35mm.  Italians nicknamed the piece the coscia d’agnello (leg of lamb.)  It was produced until 1925 and was still in service during WWII.  It was a six-shot revolver that was loaded and unloaded through a side gate, like the famed single-actions of the American West.

Dam: 3L   Str: 2   Rng: 50′   Cap: 6 (r)   Rate: M   Spd: A   Cost: $10   Wt:2.5 lb

Nagant M1895 7.62x38mm

This revolver was unusual in that the cylinder moved forward when cocked to create a gas seal and reduce the loss of power when the round was fired.  Sweden, Norway, and Greece also fielded these weapons as standard issue police and military weapons.  Like the Bodeo, it was loaded through a side gate, due to the nature of the gas-lock system.  This made for a slower reload time than the break-top Webley or the side load of the Colt and S&W revolvers.  The 7.62x38R round is about the same power as the .32ACP.

Dam: 2L   Str: 2   Rng: 50′   Cap: 6(r)   Rate: M   Spd: A   Cost: $15   Wt: 2 lbs

The following is a correction to the damage of the Webley revolver as written up in SOSW.   The .455 Webley round is a nice beast — I have one of the MK VI reovlers in the original caliber — but it’s a short-box cartridge.    While it throws a heavy 266 gr bullet (conical and soft, so it mashes and makes a mess) it is only moving at 650fps…about 200fps slower than the 230gr .45ACP.  The book has it doing a damage of 4L.  This is wrong.  It should do the same 3L as .45ACP.

Webley Mark VI .455

Here’s my standard-issue Webley .455, “Grandpa.”  This one has been converted to .45ACP and requires the rounds to be held in “moon clips” that hold the 6 rounds steady in the chamber.  My .455 looks the same, but I didn’t want to bust into the safe to get it out.

Smaller, and more popular with police and colonial constables was the Mark III .38 S&W (or .380 revolver) Webley.  It’s a six-shit, break top revolver like the .455, but uses a slow, weak .38 round.  It’s extremely pleasant to shoot, with little kick, and surprisingly good range.

This is my Webley Mk III (the first gun I ever bought) in .38S&W.  It’s lightweight, with a hair trigger in single action.  I’ve hit a man-sized target at 150 yards with it.  this particular one was pressed in 1897 for the Singapore Constabulatory, according to Webley’s records.  (Yes, they’re still around!  They make airguns, now…)

Dam: 2L   Str: 2   Rng: 50′   Cap: 6(r)   Rate: M   Spd: A   Cost: $12   Wt: 1.5 lb.

And the Webley-Fosbury — an odd attempt in 1915 to make a semi-automatic revolver.  The strange zig-zag grooves in the cylinder were to actuate the “semiautomatic” feature.  Pull the trigger — BANG! — the recoil would move the barrel/cylinder assembly back, cocking the gun and setting it up for the next shot in single action.  Great idea, awful execution.  they were finicky and prone to malfunction.  Fortunately…you just cocked the thing like a normal revolver and fired it.  Another plus, it’s one of the few revolvers with a safety catch.

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