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Old March 20, 2018, 17:46   #1
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455 Triple Lock

Won a 455 Webley Triplelock on Gunbroker recently.

Kinda cool to have a gun that was in WW1 and still looks 20x better then a Glock.

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http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-han...quisition.html
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Old March 20, 2018, 17:56   #2
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Dear lord that is awesome. I've been looking for a first model HE .455 for a few years. Big congrats! You planning on getting a S&W letter?
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In 1995 I bought a .455 Hand Ejector Mark One (English Service). It is a Triplelock in original condition. There were 5000 of these produced and delivered in 1914. Serial numbered 1 through 5000. Mine is # 123X.

I bought several boxes of the Fiocchi .455 Mark II 262 grain RNL rounds. This load chronographed at 638 fps in the 6.5 inch barrel. Bought a set of Lee dies for the .455 from Midway and hand load the round using the RCBS #45255 SWC. This bullet drops from the mold measuring .453 inch and I push them through a .454 inch sizing die that lubes them only. My hand load using Bullseye powder chronographs at 632 fps.

This now going on 104 year old revolver still makes it to the range with me every now and then. Most of the other shooters at the range don't know what a Triplelock is or never heard anything about the .455 Webley rounds.

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Turned out it had been converted to 45 Colt - make it lose some collector value but still a cool gun.
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Converting the .455 Hand Ejectors both Mark One And Two to .45 Colt was not uncommon after some of these came back to the US as military surplus.

Gunsmiths simply used a .45 reamer to lengthen the chamber. Then the rear of the chamber face would be countersunk to accommodate the rim of the .45 Colt round. I have seen a small number of S&W's so converted and at least two Colt .455 New Service Models as well.

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Old March 24, 2018, 17:14   #6
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I have a Colt New Service that started life as a 455 and grew up to be a 45 Colt.. My HE is 1 year to new to be triple lock.
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I briefly owned a Colt New Service marked .455 Eley made in early 1917 for the Canadian Army. It had the 5.5 inch barrel, the black bakelite grips, and a lanyard ring. Had the Canadian Army markings as well. Got it for a steal so to speak. The owner just wanted to get rid of what he called a "useless" handgun and offered it to me for only $150. I just couldn't say no to a bargain like that.

But I didn't keep it for very long. A Colt collector wanted it for his collection and offered me close to triple what I paid for it. Sold off my Webley 1917 made Mark VI .455 as well. Kept the S&W Triplelock but one day it will go on consignment along with the Fiocchi ammo and loading dies. Let someone else have fun with it.....

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My 2nd Model HE is still in .455 and still gets some range time once or twice per year. Jinks letter states that it was shipped to Remington UMC, Illion NY c/o “Agents is the British Government” on January 6, 1916.
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Old March 25, 2018, 11:19   #9
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My 2nd Model HE is still in .455 and still gets some range time once or twice per year. Jinks letter states that it was shipped to Remington UMC, Illion NY c/o “Agents is the British Government” on January 6, 1916.
Yes - I picked up a unmodified 2nd Model 455 last year. Got a chance to shoot it a few weeks ago - lotta fun.
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