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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:01 pm 
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I happened upon an ad for a holster and firearm combination that was printed in 1960. The ad states that the firearm is over 50 years old (which would bring it to turn-of-the-last-century time (1900's). The holster is described as a Buscadero with Six-shooter.

The firearm that I am curious about is listed in the advertisement as a "W&S six-shooter" that "has seen service" but with clean and crisp bores and which are mechanically "perfect". The ad further states that the "six-shooter" takes "regular U.S. .45 caliber with ammunition available in every sporting goods store."

What is a "W&S six-shooter"? Does anyone out there know?


Oh, the price for the entire thing, holster, belt, and "six-shooter"? $16.95 from the Ellner Company in Los Angeles.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:37 pm 
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I know this isn't the gun but if you haven't run a Web search on "'W&S' firearms" it might give you a start in tracking it down:
http://www.ballista-publishing.com/book.htm. Good Luck. :wink:
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:47 am 
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Thank you very much. "British" just didn't come to mind. I believe that the firearm in question was indeed a Webley and Scott conversion. Thanks again.


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W & S would in all probability be Webley & Scott. My guess would be that this is a Webley Revolver, there were six variations or "Marks" 1 through 5 being birds head grips with subtle differences between them and 6 was a square butt. To allow them to shoot .45ACP the cylinders have to be faced off in a lathe to provide the extra room for the moon clips. In this contition they will also fire the .45 Rimmed which is not so freely available.

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Could they have been designed to take .45 Colt? Seems more likely, for a turn of the century weapon.

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Oh, the price for the entire thing, holster, belt, and "six-shooter"? $16.95 from the Ellner Company in Los Angeles.

Things sure change. :P

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before 1968, such ads were common place, I somewhere have an ad from the back of a Sports Afield dated 1965, I think it was june. The ad lists a company in NYC listing springfield rifles for 11.95. Krags for about 7, 1911's for $9.99 and all sorts of chinese and Axis bolt guns for under $5.00. I believe Oswald bought his rifle thru the US mail for under 10 dollars.


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