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"the worlds finest combat revolver"

This is a discussion on "the worlds finest combat revolver" within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; In the past month or so, I have heard the venerable old Webley Mk VI referred to as being "the worlds finest combat revolver". Such ...

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    "the worlds finest combat revolver"

    In the past month or so, I have heard the venerable old Webley Mk VI referred to as being "the worlds finest combat revolver".






    Such statements are generally irrelevant and overly subjective, however, having encountered this sentiment a number of times recently, I was prompted to ask if such an assertion is warranted.

    The Webley certainly has some strong style points. The top break function has some appeal. I understand it is a ruggedly built revolver, practically impossible to throw out of timing. But with a feeble .455 bullet moving at 700fps, I'm not sure that the Mk VI is the revolver I'd want to take to the gritty streets of L.A. or on breaching operations in Iraq.

    The S&W (or Colt) M1917 would seem to have some distinct advantages.

    Bill Jordan's Model 19 was designed as a fighting revolver. The S&W 627 would seem to take this revolver to the next level. I really like my 686+, although a Ruger GP100 4" often gets pressed into service on various road and camping trips. If I could have only one revolver, it might be a S&W 629.

    So, here's my question: what would you consider to be the "finest fighting revolver" of all time to be? The SAA? A J-frame? The Webley?

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    "the worlds finest combat revolver"

    Relative to its time, the 1873 Colt SAA.
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    Gotta love the SAA.
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    I have I, J, K, L and N frames and consider them all Finest.
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    The finest is the one you shoot the best.
    I would cast my vote for the S&W 325 Thunder Ranch. Take off the picatinny rail and it weighs the same as my S&W M&P 45 2.0 or Glock 19. And conceals just as well.
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    Hopefully the finest is the one in your hand when you need it. Gorgeous gun Nix.
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    scotty, NOT my Webley!

    (Oh, how I wish.........)
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    You may be able to guess my general opinion on the Webley platform...
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    It does depends on the era.
    I am partial to the J frame

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    For me, I would rank the Webley Mk VI and the Colt M1909 New Service as the twin pinnacles of combat revolvers. Both chamber cartridges with proven performance records and both would still get the job done against unarmored antagonists today.
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    I think a statement like that probably implies "the best for its time." It's kind of like Patton calling the M1 Garand "The finest battlefield implement ever devised" (or whatever the exact wording was). It doesn't mean it's the best today or that previous weapons were not the best for their time. I do think the Webley gave great service to those who carried it, when they carried it. We don't appreciate as much here in the US, because the US never used it, although Gen. Custer carried a pair of Webley Bulldogs.

    One of the problem with "bests" like that is not only best for its time, but "best for what, and in what sense?" Military? Police? Most useful? Best engineered? Carried the most? Won the most gunfights? There is no end to the possibilities. I think some contenders, depending on your definition might be:
    • Colt Walker
    • LeMat
    • Colt 1860 Army
    • Colt Single Action Army (SAA)
    • Schofield
    • Colt New Service
    • Colt Official Police
    • S&W Model 10
    • Smith & Wesson Model 19
    • Colt Python
    • Colt Detective Special
    • S&W J Frame
    • Korth
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    To me, "combat revolver" means uniformed military service, not LEO or citizen defensive use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebleyHunter View Post
    To me, "combat revolver" means uniformed military service, not LEO or citizen defensive use.
    Like I said, it is all in how you define it. To me, if you are in a gunfight, that's combat, no matter what the circumstances. FWIW, when I was in the Navy, flying missions off the coasts of Lybia and Lebanon, I carried my own stainless Ruger Speed Six .357. It beat the heck out of the J-frames they issued us. If I had to punch out over land, it might have been used for "combat."
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