My first brush with British revolvers came as a tike watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games, and thus the die was cast and my love affair with large service revolvers began. I currently own 4 Smith and Wesson revolvers two of which are N frames (the largest size until the X frame in .500 came out last decade) one a model 28 and the other a model 629. To the point... Walking through gun show here in the western US I've seen a few Enfield's and RARELY a Webley MK VI. Ive always picked them up and fondled them and always taken a pass on actually purchasing one. The reason I don't take them home is #1 the Webley cylinders were cut to accept the American .45 auto cartridge which generates much more pressure than the original chambered .455 rounds generated, rendering the guns unsafe to fire #2 the Enfield's .38/200 round (known here as .38 S&W) is no longer readily available My questions to the old sweats here at ARRSE are as follows How durable were the Webleys? I've heard that while the .455 started life as a low velocity black powder round; the real secret to the durability of all British break action revolvers was that they were hardly ever used... something about two rounds per man per year for training. What was like to shoot both of the old guns? Ive heard that recoil in the .455 prompted the switch to .38/200, but how bad could the .455 really be if it so mild that .45 auto will blow the cylinders to smithereens. On the switch to .38... why in god's name was .38/200 selected over .38 special, not that .38 special is so great, but its a damn sight better than a cartridge that had been superseded for almost 40 years at the time of adoption Untold Thousands of Smith and Wesson revolvers in both .455 and .38/200 were purchased by HM government for both World Wars, Ive heard they were much preferred by British and Commonwealth personnel was this true, and if so, why? Better trigger pull? Durability?