One of OBG's readers sent in these pics in an effort to solve the mystery of missing marks. It seems to me that this gun has escaped going to the proof house for some reason or other. Here is his description...
What looks to be a Webley VI in very good condition. There are no import/ENGLAND stamp and no TONS Proof. Fit is excellent, finish is shinny blue (not at all flat).
There is no manufacturers/patent stamp that I can recognize. I know to look for either the Patent or the winged bullet on the left side of Webleys and the Enfield stamp on the right side on Enfields.
Serial numbers are nicely struck on the barrel, lower receiver and cylinder in the normal places, and they match in style, depth, and of course the number (236xxx)
Each chamber on the cylinder bears the crown over GR over crossed lance over P. the Cylinder has not been shaved. The face of the cylinder has a broad arrow, what looks to be an o or c, and a faintly struck mark that looks like a stylized U over something over something else (to faint to make out)
Several broad arrows appear on various small parts including the unlocking lever (above the screw on the left side of the pistol) on the top strap just forward of the rear sight on the left side, the side of the trigger guard on the left side forward of the trigger.
The back strap is marked A.A. over something I can’t make out over 1.A.C.C. over RTC over 66.
On the underside of what I call the holster spreaders (triangular horizontal pieces forward of the cylinder) there is what looks like a crown over Y2 over 13
There is a capital letter M on the grips above the lanyard ring (both sides)
Finally the heal of the butt, forward of the lanyard ring shows a small SA, each with a small arrow over each. The S and A are side by side, but the S and it’s arrow are staggered a little below the A and its associated arrow.
OBG: What marks there are seem to be in the right places and look like the marks on my 1918 Mk. VI. The serial number seems to be about 100,000 before it. Anyone know the deal on the missing marks?
Men have always been good hunters. The problem is that they are too good, witness the loss of every big animal that roamed the earth during the last ice age. And during that time we barely had spears and arrows to hunt them with. That tradition of hunting everything to extinction continues to modern times, such as the disappearance of the passenger pidgeon in the United States, and the increasing difficulty we have in locating what fish are left in the oceans.
Edwardian Punt Gun, picture by Evelyn Simak
From the middle of the Nineteenth Century, so called 'Market Hunters' upped the ante for wildfowl hunting. They used huge shotguns to take large numbers of ducks and geese with one shot. These guns were too big to carry around, so they were mounted to small boats, punts, from which the name 'punt guns' was derived. They could use a pound of pellets, or more, and could collect 50 birds at a shot. The barrels were up to 2 inches in diameter and the guns could easily weigh one hundred pounds.
From Library of Congress, Herbert French collection
Some of these guns are so big, it looks like they were used by some mutant giant race of humans. They were way too successful, and were banned in the US from 1918, and even earlier in some states, but puntgunning still goes on in the UK.