View Full Version : End of Inglis High Power in British service?
05-16-2012, 11:48 PM
When were the last Inglis-made High Powers withdrawn from British service? Obviously L9A1s would have been supplanting them from about 1967 on, but did any Inglises serve as late as the Falklands campaign?
05-17-2012, 08:03 AM
There were still old No2 Inglis pistols in service in '82, going up to 85 or 6 or so. Some of them probably hung on until the 90's. They were never declared obsolete but only obsolescent so on that basis, if they were still serviceable they carried on!
05-17-2012, 10:35 AM
I'm sorry Peter, I've missed something here. What pistol is the UK issuing?
05-17-2012, 02:07 PM
Ah, yes........ We had the OLD No2 pistol, the Enfield revolver until into the early/mid seventies (contrary to what you read elsewhere.....) and then issued the 'new' No2 pistol - the Canadian No2 Browning 9mm - as the standard pistol but there were never enough to go round so we bought new Brownings from Belgium but these were called the L9A1 type that are still with us.
If you mean what are we using now, well there are changes afoot but I don't think I ought to discuss this.
When did you last see the old No2 Inglis Bownings Frostie, Tankie and Skippy
I can remember visiting my Uncles house in 71 or 72 and he had an issue Enfield Revolver for personal protection. He had joined the Ulster Defence Regiment in April 1970. So Enfields were quite common then.
05-22-2012, 10:48 AM
Yes, Enfield revolversNo2 revolvers were still in service with the tankies and regular Army until well into the 70's as agreed by 8udr.
As a matter of interest, I was asked the same question about the .455 Webley in British Service. Obviously I never saw one in 'service' but while I was an apprentice, we were informed that due to the slow adoption of the Browning, that we'd learned by heart, we had to learn the No2 revolver too. This was lucky because my first unit was totally equipped with Enfield No2's. Anyway, apart from the No2 revolvers were studied and learned about, the 6 or so skeletonised revolvers were studied in order to imprint onto our brains were all .455" Webleys that one of the instructors (WO1 Frank Bidwell I think... but known to us at the time as 'SIR!') had made a trip down to Bordon to collect them in order for us to learn from them. They were all stamped 'RAOC Sch HILSEA' indicating that they'd all come from the old Ordnance Corps School at Hilsea near Portsmouth, that closed in 1940 due to the bombing.
They were all skeletonised and well used but perfect for us as the principles were the same as the Enfield No2. So from that, you COULD say that by default, the last time the .455 Webley Mk6 was in 'service' was in 1965
05-22-2012, 12:55 PM
Good to know. I like my Webley Mk VI.
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