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    Posted: December 15 2020 at 8:30am
I came across this at a local store.  Any good reference links out there?  They are asking $300USD.  Opinions?
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Well here is my opinion. That pistol has been severely sanded and polished. Any original surface has been removed. Most screw slots are so bunged up they are almost un-usable. At $300 US it seems overpriced IMHO. Much better condition examples are around, to me it would be worth passing on this pistol for a better one.
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appears to be too far gone to be worth much , i cant read the markings on the right above the trigger but the mkIs were made starting in the late 20s , should be a date there , cant tell which grip scales its wearing 
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it’s a 1939. I think it had wood grips but not positive. 
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I would call that a gunsmith special and it would be an alright project to pick up at 1/3 the asking price.
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i was thinking under 100 as a project myself , but im not looking for a project of that type these days , 

based on the 1939 date it would have worn mkII reeded walnut scales with thumbrest and marking disc[1938-1942] but 'could' have the second of the mkI versions of the first two as well 

27-34 checkered walnut type mkI without thumbrest , type A
35-38 reeded walnut mkI without thumbrest  , type B
38-42 reeded walnut mkII with thumbrest and marking disc , type C
42 only reeded walnut with thumbrest no disc , type D
by 41 they were making the mkI* , 
42-45 mk III bakelite thumbrest and marking disc , type E

webley originally submitted the new mkIV design in july of 1921 to the war office , with a sample submitted jan of 1922 , it was a scaled down version of the WS no1 mkVI revolver with modifications , tentative approval aug 1922 with the small arms school directed to arrange mfgr of two samples of new "Pistol , revolver , Enfield .380" Experimental" without Webley Scott being aware , 
development of the revolver , the cartridge and the grip scales through 1927 , the webley mkIV revolver had issues with the desired 200 grain bullet , they filed a claim for the hi-jacked design but were denied awarding them only 2100 pounds - concluding the long running relationship of the government with WS in 1928 
tool room sample #3 is dated 1927 and revolver No2 mkI serial number 1 is dated 1929 , 

there is a good reference book out there ;

380 ENFIELD
No2 REVOLVER
mark stamps & ian skennerton 
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