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    Posted: May 01 2016 at 5:52pm
I saw a picture of an Webley Mk IV in .38 S&W.  It looked in good shape, but had a stamp "war finish".  Looked like a factory stamp.
The fellow's post did not explain it, and I came up blank on search.  It looks like a matt finish, but I don't know if it's a bluing or painting process.  Also, is it a + or - value?  Did Enfield do this too?
I have a book by a Brit named Geoffrey Boothroyd and found no reference there either.
Any info would be appreciated.
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I think it was parkerised.
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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

I think it was parkerised.
Thanks Shamu.  I should have thought of that.
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Webley had a reputation before the war production of high quality finishes , they labeled the war production "war finish" in an attempt to preserve their reputation [for after the war] the shortcuts the war efforts required were far lower quality of finish work to get higher production quantity , 

enfield was government production - they had no other reputation to preserve and did not use the stamp , 

as to +/- if that stamp is not on a webley id assume it was not a war production piece and thus suspect [if you were looking for a war production revolver]
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