Webley Ammunition Items


#1

I just acquired a box of .22 short blank “Launching Cartridges” for some sort of Webley target launcher, sold under the Webley brand, and a metal tin of lead air rifle pellets, also sold under the Webley brand. I had not seen similar items before, although granted, they are not in my field and I may well have seen them and not noticed them.

The .22 blanks are rosebud crimped and have the Eley “E” headstamp.

Joe will post a picture of these items on this thread in a day or so, on my behalf.

I just wondered if they are unusual and of collector interest, or common as fleas.

John Moss


#2

John,
When I was young (which, admittedly, was almost as long ago as when you were young), I had one of these Webley devices which used a .22 blank to launch a [empty] tin can as a sort of poor-man’s clay pigeon. The blanks were common in England in the early 60’s. I’ll leave it to one of the current residents to say if they are now a collector’s item…Chris P.


#3

Webley ammunition items as described in the opening remarks of this thread.

John Moss


#4

So THAT’S what they’re for!

Be fun for launching soda cans! Although you might need more power for a full one


#5

[quote=“Cyberwombat”]So THAT’S what they’re for!

Be fun for launching soda cans! Although you might need more power for a full one[/quote]

The tin can launcher is a hand held device and the recoil is minimal with an empty can. Upping the power to shoot full cans would be an interesting experience, your wrist might ache a bit.

gravelbelly


#6

John, these are fairly common cartridges. Think the launcher was sold in the U.S. at one time. Would guess launching a full can would turn out about the same as the guy firing the 600 Nitro pistol!!

Gourd