RAF MARKED ENFIELD NO2 revolver

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love this revolver ,fun to shoot both double and single action. 38 caliber is common and easy to find. I need more of these. ImageImage


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That is nice, Any idea how many were marked that waY?????

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.38 Spl? This is terrific!

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Nice pistol and great condition!
Mine is not RAF, but 1940 with bobbed hammer.
38 S&W ammo NOT 38spl !!!
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I'd love to have one of these to go with my .455 Enfield?
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Very nice example

I think we all need more of these
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I always see these refered to as "tanker models". Yes I know the were issued to the tank corps. But in this case its RAF marked, so would this be a "airplaner model"? The War Dept never, ever designated it as a "tanker"!!!

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The " Tanker" model generally refers to the spurless hammer version which was designed so the hammer did not snag on clothing, equipment etc while in confined spaces. ie inside a tank.
I don't believe that was its official designation but is given by collectors themselves to differentiate the two versions.
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Yes
But if you look at the period holsters the hammers were covered. Just a moot point.

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vandle wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 5:49 pm
The " Tanker" model generally refers to the spurless hammer version which was designed so the hammer did not snag on clothing, equipment etc while in confined spaces. ie inside a tank.
I don't believe that was its official designation but is given by collectors themselves to differentiate the two versions.
I posted my "tanker" several years ago on the Gunboards Forum and got some nasty responses from the Brits! The "Limey's" told me never to refer to it as a "tanker"!! LOL

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luigi wrote:
vandle wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 5:49 pm
The " Tanker" model generally refers to the spurless hammer version which was designed so the hammer did not snag on clothing, equipment etc while in confined spaces. ie inside a tank.
I don't believe that was its official designation but is given by collectors themselves to differentiate the two versions.
I posted my "tanker" several years ago on the Gunboards Forum and got some nasty responses from the Brits! The "Limey's" told me never to refer to it as a "tanker"!! LOL
Yeah, and they ain't partial to the term "Limey" neither!!

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I, too, have the same pistol, marked R.A.F. on the side, 1938 mfg. with hammer spur intact. Beautiful condition throughout, lucky enough to find it in a pawn shop about 6-7 years ago. American Rifleman did a "...this old gun" feature on one like this a few years ago, said the value at the time was around $1,150 I believe. Every time I pick it up, I can't help but visualize some bloke climbing into his Spitfire with it strapped in his shoulder holster, heading up to fight the Battle of Britain....

Also, so that no one misunderstands, these pistols were made in .38 cal. S&W, NOT .38 Special! Rather anemic by today's standards, however, the military round used back then was a 200 gr. bullet, stout enough to put two holes into anyone that got hit by one...

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728shooter wrote:I, too, have the same pistol, marked R.A.F. on the side, 1938 mfg. with hammer spur intact. Beautiful condition throughout, lucky enough to find it in a pawn shop about 6-7 years ago. American Rifleman did a "...this old gun" feature on one like this a few years ago, said the value at the time was around $1,150 I believe. Every time I pick it up, I can't help but visualize some bloke climbing into his Spitfire with it strapped in his shoulder holster, heading up to fight the Battle of Britain....

Also, so that no one misunderstands, these pistols were made in .38 cal. S&W, NOT .38 Special! Rather anemic by today's standards, however, the military round used back then was a 200 gr. bullet, stout enough to put two holes into anyone that got hit by one...
Wow! A $thou+?
They have been going up steadily in price the last yr or so but I haven't seen any, regardless of condition, bringing anywhere close to that kind of money!!
Even the Mk IV, 38 Webleys aren't seeing much more than $4-600 in great shape w/provenance!
Got pix of your gun?

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I have the copy of the Am. Rifleman article, I put it in a safe place a while back where it wouldn't get lost, so now I can't find it.... Go figure! Will tear the house apart this weekend, I know its here somewhere.... Pistol is in the lock-up, will get it out to take a couple of pics too.

I think the RAF Enfields will continue to rise in price over time for numerous reasons: first is the provenance of a pistol assigned to the RAF (think of the value of a Luger marked for the Luftwaffe). Don't know how many were actually assigned to the RAF but certainly a very small fraction of total production. Also, the fact that the hammer spur is intact, having escaped the armorers modifications, puts it in a rather small group of unmolested, original WWII Enfield No2's from the 1930's. I've been offered $1K for mine a few years back but turned it down. Yours is the only other one like mine I've seen in recent years -- hang on to it, you'll probably never find another one, its a keeper!

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lewwallace wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:35 am
728shooter wrote:I, too, have the same pistol, marked R.A.F. on the side, 1938 mfg. with hammer spur intact. Beautiful condition throughout, lucky enough to find it in a pawn shop about 6-7 years ago. American Rifleman did a "...this old gun" feature on one like this a few years ago, said the value at the time was around $1,150 I believe. Every time I pick it up, I can't help but visualize some bloke climbing into his Spitfire with it strapped in his shoulder holster, heading up to fight the Battle of Britain....

Also, so that no one misunderstands, these pistols were made in .38 cal. S&W, NOT .38 Special! Rather anemic by today's standards, however, the military round used back then was a 200 gr. bullet, stout enough to put two holes into anyone that got hit by one...
Wow! A $thou+?
They have been going up steadily in price the last yr or so but I haven't seen any, regardless of condition, bringing anywhere close to that kind of money!!
Even the Mk IV, 38 Webleys aren't seeing much more than $4-600 in great shape w/provenance!
Got pix of your gun?

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I'm going to try attaching some pics of my gun, along with a copy of that article in "American Rifleman", hope I did it correctly. My gun is probably 98+%, with a perfect bore, all matching numbers and no import mark. The Enfield article has an obvious error in it, picture shows a gun with a "bobbed" hammer rather than an unaltered hammer spur. Also, I was wrong on their valuation of the gun -- it was actually $1,250. BTW, this article was printed 5 1/2 years ago in March of 2014.
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