Welcome to the extended version of Phil Noir month on Curator's Corner! I know the original plan was to keep Phil Noir within the confines of November, but we were having so much fun taping the segments that we couldn't stop ourselves. Fear not as all will be wrapped up next week with a real doozy.
For those of you unfamiliar with this segment, Phil Noir is a take off on Film Noir. And what is film noir? Well, according to Wikipedia, it's "a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas." The all-time classic example being The Maltese Falcon.
This week's gun is Phil's favorite: the Webley-Fosbery. Originally designed by Lieutenant Colonel George Vincent Fosbery in 1895, it wasn't manufactured by the Webley and Scott company until 1901. With a .455 Webley/.38 ACP cartridge, it proved to be a favorite of target shooters due to the smooth automatic self-cocking feature. Though available for sale through 1939, less than 5,000 were ever produced.
That's all we have for now, but the National Firearms Museum's Phil Schreier has much more to share about the Webley-Fosbery at 10:20 p.m. tonight during this week's segment of Curator's Corner on NRANews.com or on Sirius Patriot channel 144.