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Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver

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Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver M1901 - .455 Webley
Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver M1902 - .455 Webley

The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver is a revolver manufactured between 1901 and 1924 by Webley and Scott, noteworthy for its "automatic" mechanism. Originally designed by Lieutenant Colonel George Vincent Fosbery in 1895 (using a Colt Single Action Army as a basis), he would later take the design to Webley and Scott, who adapted the concept to their existing top-break designs. It was built in several slightly different versions, including some with shorter or longer barrels, conventional or Metford rifling, cylinders in .455 Webley or .38 ACP, and even .22 LR single-shot conversion barrels. There were only 4,750 Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolvers built.

The action of the Webley-Fosbery is its most distinctive feature; it's a recoil operated revolver, wherein (upon firing) the upper receiver assembly recoils back to recock the hammer, and a diamond stud on the upper surface of the frame interfaces with the grooves in the cylinder to cycle to the next cartridge on the return stroke. This gave it the functionality of a double-action revolver with the consistently light, short trigger pull of a single-action; while never particularly widespread, these advantages gave it a niche following among target shooters in the early 1900s.


  • Caliber: .455 Webley or .38 ACP; .22 LR conversion barrels available
  • Capacity: 6- (.455) or 8- (.38 ACP) round cylinder
  • Action: Recoil-operated semi-automatic revolver; single-action only
  • Weight (unloaded): 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)
  • Overall Length: 11 in (27.9 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 6 in (15.2 cm)
  • Dates of Manufacture: 1901 to 1924

The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Maltese Falcon Ward Bond Detectve Tom Polhaus 1941
Mary Astor Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Zardoz Sean Connery Zed 1974
The Lost City of Z Robert Pattinson Henry Costin 2017


Title Actor Character Note Date
Riches (Bogatstvo) Andris Lielais Riebli M1901 2004
Aleksandr Yakovlev Bentley

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Pathologic "Revolver" 2005
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Webley Fosbery M1902 2014
Verdun "Webley-Fosbery" ANZAC update 2018 2015
Battlefield 1 "Auto Revolver" 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Webley Fosbery 2016
Pathologic 2 "Revolver" 2019


Film/TV Show Character Note Date
Black Butler I Azzurro S1E02; with ornate engravings 2008
Princess Principal Ange 2017

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