Wouldn't the tankers have shoulder holsters anyway? I'm pretty sure US forces had shoulder holsters.I do have to laugh at the term "tanker" When you are climbing out of the hatch, its NOT the barrel that could get caught, but rather the grip. Even saying that, the British holster just about swallows the entire revolver!
I also have to agree that the grips are original, since commercial grips would NOT have that brass ID disc.
Thank you for sharing the photos of the pistol. I was wondering if you would mind if I used them and some of the information in this thread on my blog? There is a link to it in my signature line. Thank you.Just picked this up today.
I read somewhere online that the "snub nose" modification of the Enfield no.2 mk1* was done by an American import company trying to garner more interest in the large shipment of enfield revolvers, calling this modification things like a "Commando model" or Police issue. Is this true?
Also, the wooden grips look like they don't belong originally, but I could be wrong. I haven't seen any that look like these.
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Not that I have come across. The really low-slung cases (British Army speak for holster) started life belt-attached for the Patt.08 web equipment and the later Patt. version of that was also belt-attached.I thought one of the UK holster models started as a shoulder holster, then were converted to belt?
Looks like the 4" Mk VIs purchased for the South African Police (SAP) around 1935. Is it shaved? The metal behind the locking grooves on the cylinder appear to be full width.The photo posted at 10:28 is a commercial Mark VI, subsequently modified to .45 acp, and not a "bobbed" Mark IV.
Thank you for sharing the photos of the pistol. I was wondering if you would mind if I used them and some of the information in this thread on my blog? There is a link to it in my signature line. Thank you.
These things only sell for about $300 max and it will never be "original". It is an Enfield produced gun, so not even one of the rarer manufacturers. I would assume that since most shoot extremely low with most commercial ammo it would not help too much with accuracy either. They were designed for .38/200 grain bullet and most you can find now is in the 158 gr range. I personally have about 11 of these things and a number of Webley's as well so I would just keep it for the "oddity" of it's existence, and since I do have some replacement grips lying around I would probably put the barrel on it, but I do not know if you have that kind of sentiment for these pistols, or what you paid for it originally.
Also, I've always wondered, is it extremely difficult to open since you do not have as much barrel to grab onto now?
A couple of points.Here is a version made from a Webley with a hammer. Tom