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Just wondering what your father did with it. Only options would have been surrender to Police or find a Section 5 firearms dealer who could have entered it on his books and sold it on, or more likely had it deactivated then sold (would have got more money for it de-activated). Would have to have been a dealer. Also the posts by Jones are all British themed and his profile doesn’t say where in the world he was - could still be in the UK.
You need to research British firearms law if you think that it could have been kept at home!
 

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Had a good think about this…..

After the handgun ban in ‘97 many, many dealers lost interest or couldn’t afford to stay in business so chances are that any dealers local to your dad no longer exist, along with their records.

I have seen no mention of a serial number so even if a transaction was recorded where do you start? There were a hell of a lot of Webley revolvers floating around.

Police wouldn’t tell you anything due to data protection.

If it stayed in the UK and it was de-activated you could not buy it from its current owner as it would have been deactivated to an old standard. It would have to be further deactivated then sent to either the London or Birmingham proof houses for a new certificate.

Question for the mods - does any record of the Jones account still exist (e-mail, location or did he ever pm other members?)

I reckon even Bilbo Baggins would think twice on embarking on this quest!

There is a national firearms register but it isn’t accurate.
 

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Easy - Ossifers bought their own sidearms!

Rudyard Kiplings wife put an advert in a paper asking if anyone had a revolver that they could buy for their son before he went to the front.
 
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