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Old 12-18-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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A Colt RAF 455.......

An absolutely correct and original 1918 Colt Government Model .455 RAF Eley/Webley!!!! I don't usually collect this type of Colt, however I could not let this one get away!! !! It is hard to find one with the original Colt blue finish..

It has a perfect bore and correct magazine!!!!










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Old 12-18-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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John,

I'm continually amazed at your "finds". VERY nice.

NOW if we could only get those old war horses to talk and tell their stories.

Thanks for preserving a piece of the past.

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:06 PM   #3
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Another amazing pistol with Mr. Holbrook's excellent photography.
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Neat! Is .455 a different cartridge than 45 ACP?
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Neat! Is .455 a different cartridge than 45 ACP?

Yes it is. They are very rare these days, and quite expensive when you do find them.
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Here are the two rounds. Because the Webley round was crimped, Colt cut a groove in the barrel hood to accomodate head space for it.


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John,

Once again you have outdone yourself. Thank you for a most informative post!
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A semi-rim like the 38 Super! I have learned something new. Thanks.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:49 AM   #9
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What a magnificent catch... I'm envious....

The .455 Webley auto round was developed prior to WWI for use in a Webley auto pistol. The .455 Auto was mostly used by the Royal Navy, and in particular the Royal Navy Flying Corps, though at least some were used in the Fleet. I saw one 455 auto marked for the magnificent battle cruiser Princess Royal.

At the end of WWI, the RNFC was rolled into the Royal Air Force for a time (which didn't work out for the operation of aircraft carriers.) Prior to WWII, the RAF had to give naval aviation back to the Royal Navy which became the Fleet Air Arm.

The reason I mention all this is it is likely the Webley 455 Auto pistols went with the RNFC to the RAF when they were combined. I have seen speculation, the reason the Colt's 1911s were ordered in 455 Auto was to utilize the considerable stocks of 455 auto ammo that existed on hand.

The 455 Webley was less powerful than the 45 ACP round using a 200gr bullet at somewhat lower velocity. The 455 Webley autos would shoot a 45ACP round, but the cartridge is too powerful for the gun and a lot of the Webley Autos have cracked slides from the practice... the Colt's of course does not suffer from that problem.

Anyway, you have a magnificent pistol... it would be a fine catch for anyone.

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Beautiful pics of an outstanding Colt pistol. A very informative thread. Thanks for sharing.....
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