Webley Mark IV Singapore police pistol

This post deals with 2 Webley mark IV pistols. Both of them were issued to the Singapore police force. Both of these pistols are commercial versions and show no military markings.

The first is a standard mark IV webley.












The second version is the police model. This pistol incorporated a hammer safety. With this pistol the safety can only be engaged with the hammer down. The pistol can still be open to load or unload with the safety on. Production of the Police model ended in 1970.



DSC_1507sTop strap markings

DSC_1488csThe safety pushed to the safe position.

DSC_1489sClose up of the barrel proof marks

DSC_1487sTypical markings showing the model and proofing of the pistol

DSC_1486sYou can see the Singapore police markings and the red dot on the safety indicating the weapon is ready to rife.


DSC_1482sRack markings painted on the butt of the grip

DSC_1496csA quick look at then side by side. showing the frame differences.

DSC_1492csNotice the hump design on the back of the frame and the difference in grip design.



Pieper M-1893 Revolver

This pistol came about for usage by the Mexican military through a presidential decree in 1893 by president Porfirio Diaz.

The pistol was built in Liege, Belgium by the Pieper firm. It uses a gas seal design where the cylinder moves forward to seal it during firing. This is the same concept as the Nagant revolver. It is a seven shot double and single action revolver. The  total contract  was for 5000 pistols.





DSC_1417sHard rubber plastic grips with H.Pieper Patent markings


DSC_1423csThe rear of the cylinder showing the rebate area for the rims

DSC_1425csThe front of the cylinder for the gas seal


DSC_1430csLanyard attached on the pistol grip

DSC_1433csCylinder latch. Looks like a Colt design. EJERCITO MEXICANO stamped on the side of the frame , top strap and cylinder.


Markings on the cylinder



Cut Away Model 38 Carcano carbine

This rifle was on the last Rock Island auction. Unfortunately I was not the winner of the bid. However, it is a beautiful example of an interesting piece.




145-2It would make a great addition to an Italian or cut away collection.

For more information on Carcano rifles check out these books.



Nagant Target pistol

In the Gun Lab reference collect is a Nagant target revovler. This one is a Model 2 MTs-4. This pistol came about when shooters complained about the balance of the original MTs-4, first model.

In the ten years,1956 through 1966, that the various versions of the MTs-4 were produces approximately 8,200 were made. Making it a nice addition to any Nagant collection.


DSC_1360sYou can see the movement of the cylinder when the hammer is cocked.





DSC_1365sRight side for the pistol grip.

DSC_1363csThe front sight is adjustable for elevation.


DSC_1373csThere is no ejector rod or carrier. The cartridges would have to be removed with an separate tool.

DSC_1377csThis photo shows the material removed from under the barrel to improve the balance of the pistol. It also allows for clearance for the shorter cylinder axle retaining pin.

DSC_1375csA couple of views of the rear sight. The framed was heavily modified to make the new sight.

DSC_1362csYou can see the clearance of the hammer spur in the grips.

DSC_1366sThe new rear sight that was built up on the pistol.

DSC_1407csA closer look at the rear sight. The rear sight was horizontally adjustable

DSC_1408csYou can find additional information on Russian weapons at:

In addition there is a great series of posts at the gun boards forum.

Webley Mark IV Commercial pistol

While we are on the series of posts dealing with Webley revolvers, this is the next one to chat about. It is basically a standard Webley pistol with commercial proof marks, no acceptance marks and a standard finish.




DSC_1321sInteresting stamping marks on the barrel


DSC_1325sTop strap stamping



DSC_0589sA comparison between a war finish issued pistol and a commercial pistol

DSC_0595sClose up of the stamping on the left side of the frame between a issue pistol and a commercial pistol



RHKP Smith and Wesson revolver

This is just another interesting piece from the Gun Lab reference collection. This is just one of the weapons used by the Royal Hong Kong Police prior to being disbanded in 1997 when the British turn over Hong Kong to the Chinese. The pistol I am talking about is a Smith and Wesson model 10-7 revolver.

The pistol is a standard Smith and Wesson model 10-7 in 38 special.

DSC_1333sRight side view

DSC_1332sAn interesting mark, G20, on the yolk

DSC_1337csYou can see the model markings on the frame

DSC_1342csThe marking on the back strap showing the RHKP stamping and there number

DSC_1339sNothing super special about the pistol just an interesting foot note in history

VG1-5 barrel update

Work is progressing on the VG1-5. This post is about threading the barrel for the gas piston. In our last post about the barrel we had turn the out side dimensions and cut them for length.

This post is the manual lathe work to do the threading.



Another step toward the final product being completed.

Webley Mk4 38/200

I have always enjoyed collecting and shooting the Webley 38 revolvers. Collecting them has been a challenge. Not because they are scarce but because information is actually hard to come by.

The Webley MkIV  38caliber pistol development started in 1921. This was due to the War Office wanting a smaller and lighter weapon but still have the same as the .455 pistols. It is based upon the MkIII pistol service revolver plus a number of other improvements reducing its weight to 22.25 ounces. After additional trials testing a few more alterations were made. One being changing the grip style to the MkVI type.

Over 100,000 Mark IV were made between 1939 and 1945.

This is a standard model pistol.



DSC_0768sYou can see that war finish is stamped on the frame. Also the flying bullet logo is stamped on the barrel.



DSC_0767sThe marking on the top strap.


Weekend update for 8-7-16

Like every other weekend here at Gun Lab it was another one of to much work and not enough fun stuff.

The exciting news is that I finally finished putting in the A/C for the machine shop. This will really help as now you can work and keep the sweat out your eyes.


Due to the heavy storms that we have been having a few leaks showed up at the machine shop roof. So the roof was once again re-coated and sealed.


The 3D printer stopped working because of the old pla that came with it. The old material would constantly break on jam up the heating nozzle and feed motor. I took apart the first nozzle and motor and cleaned them out. Wow what a job. Still need to finish the first one then it is on to the next nozzle.






I picked up a number of pounds on used brass fittings and valves, so it was time to separate, clean and store it all. I am getting ready for the up coming metal casting season.

All clean and ready to be melted.DSC_1088s

DSC_1089sStill need to be cleaned

DSC_1090sStuff to keep for other projects


Finally I needed to do so mandatory house work. Two of the toilets needed to be changed out.

Just another fun filled weekend.

Webley Mk6

With the Mark 6 Webley revolver coming about in and being approved for service in May of 1915 it officially became the issue hand gun in British service. You can see the differences between it and the Mk4 revolver that it was suppose to replace. The pistol came with a 6″ barrel and was chambered for the .455 cartridge.  The grip style had been changed as well as a minor change to the front sight.

A photo of the right side of the revolver.

DSC_0736sLeft side of the revolver.

DSC_0737sClose up of the markings on the side plate.

DSC_0738sYou can see that this one has been shaved to accept 45 auto rim or 45 acp with half moon clips.




DSC_0741sMark *VI* stamped on the side.

DSC_0744sThis is actually one of my favorite revolver to shoot.