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Enfield No. 2 Handgun

Country of OriginUnited Kingdom
TypeHandgun
Caliber9.700 mm
Capacity6 rounds
Length260.000 mm
Weight0.780 kg
Range180 m
Muzzle Velocity170 m/s

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ww2dbaseAfter WW1, the British government decided to put into service a new and smaller caliber revolver than the currently in-service Enfield revolver. A design by the firm Webley & Scott was taken to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield, and the eventual products were designated Enfield No. 2 revolvers; Webley & Scott sued the British government for 2,250 for the theft of the design, and was compensated 1,250, although officially RSAF Enfield maintained that it was actually RSAF Enfield which helped Webley & Scott arrive at the design, thus there was no wrong-doing.

Starting in 1942, the Mk I* design became the most common variant of Enfield No. 2 revolvers, with the reason being that this new variant design was cheaper and faster to manufacture due to the removal of the spur on the hammers. The resulting double-action operation, however, affected accuracy, thus they were not as popular as their spurred-predecessors. This decreased these revolvers' effective range to only about 15 or 20 meters. Thus, were many reports of soldiers purchasing revolvers from Smith & Wesson or Colt to replace their Enfield No. 2 revolvers, or even converting their Mk I* revolvers back to the original spurred configuration.

Between 1932 and 1957, about 270,000 Enfield No. 2 revolvers were built. The vast majority of them were built by RSAF Enfield, while Albion Motors and Coventry Gauge & Tool Company in United Kingdom and the Howard Auto Cultivator Company in Australia supplemented the production during WW2. After the war, they remained in service until 1969.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Last Major Revision: Mar 2008




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