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Predicate Object 1977.113 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1977.113, A7044 2015-01-05T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-22T00:33:55.257Z Firearms 60 restricted access - firearms, C endorsement Webley Mk VI revolver, circa 1916, WW1 Issued to NH Hanna (Ak) at a cost of L4. Hanna served with the Royal Horse Artillery on the Westgern Front from 1915, WW1 “This revolver was issued to Norman Hugh Hanna, an Auckland Solicitor, when he was granted a commission in the Royal Horse Artillery in 1915. He bought it for £4 from the Armoury in the Tower of London, this being a required purchase by all officers in taking up their first appointment on active service. He served on the Western Front with the British 35th Division until the end of the hostilities, and brought the pistol with him on his return to New Zealand. These revolvers fired lead bullets. They were withdrawn from service in the Second World War after the Germans protested at their use and threatened to use them against any soldier captured with this type of ammunition.” Note: in fact the Mk VI Webley was officially replaced in 1932 after the army switched to .38 inch calibre handguns but many remained in use during WW2. Webley Mk VI revolver, circa 1916, WW1 .455 inch calibre; 6 shot revolver; centrefire; military break open; lanyard ring on butt markings: name & model at bottom left of body: [broad arrow] MARK VI WEBLEY / MARK VI / PATENT / 1916 serial number on barrel, frame, and cylinder: 206545 on left hand side of barrel locking strap: proof and manufacturing marks, broad arrow, and Mark VI military ownership marks manufacturer Webley Patent; Government gun trade production, England, c.1917 revolver, centre fire
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