Royal Armouries

Webley Mk.VI revolver with Pritchard-Greener bayonet

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Mk VI Webley revolver - Fitted with a Pritchard-Greener bayonet (X.424)

Mk VI Webley revolver - Fitted with a Pritchard-Greener bayonet - X.424

  • Mk VI Webley revolver - Fitted with a Pritchard-Greener bayonet (X.424)

    Mk VI Webley revolver - Fitted with a Pritchard-Greener bayonet - X.424

Date: 1916

Webley Mk.VI revolver with Pritchard-Greener bayonet

Description

Country: Britain
Date: 1916
Calibre: .455 in
Barrel length: 152 mm
Overall length: 202 mm

The standard-issue service revolver of the First World War, the .455 calibre Webley was carried by officers who did not typically carry a rifle and bayonet.

As officers could purchase equipment privately, in 1916 gunmaker W.W. Greener designed a short ‘T’-section bayonet to a design by Captain Arthur Pritchard. It was one of a number of attempts to adapt to close-quarters fighting in the trenches. With only six rounds in the cylinder, it would have been a psychological boost and a potentially useful backup weapon. Few were made, however, and there is no evidence that any were used.

Collection number of bayonet: X.424

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