I wouldn’t normally keep an air pistol that wasn’t a replica of a real gun. However, in this case I’m making an exception.
It's a Webley, and it was made in good old Blighty.
From it's specifications and reviews it also seems to be a pretty good gun:
Calibre: 0.177" (4.5mm)
Velocity: 380-420 feet per second (depending on pellet)
Barrel Length: 7.72”
Overall Length: 9.94”
Front Sights: Blade and Ramp
Rear Sights: Adjustable for windage and elevation
Trigger: Two-stage adjustable
Trigger Pull: 4.0 lbs
Power Plant: Single-stroke pneumatic
Weight: 2.2 lbs
NEMESIS .177 in Black
Equally at home shooting targets on the 10M range or tin cans, the recoilless action of this single stroke pneumatic pistol allows for superb accuracy.
The Nemesis consistently outperforms your expectations. Two stage adjustable trigger. Manual safety. Integral scope rails. Adjustable open sights.
The Nemesis is practically without recoil. The air valve is located vertically in the valve box attached to the rear of the cylinder. The transfer port is the lump at the rear of the cylinder in the photo of the open gun. The air valve is opened by a rotary striker knocking the valve stem downwards under the tension of the rotary striker spring housed in the body between the grips. There is not enough spring reaction to create noticeable recoil; there are no other moving parts except the trigger when the gun is fired. Being a pneumatic, there is a slight muzzle blast when the pellet leaves the barrel, but by then, it cannot affect accuracy.
The Nemesis is accurate. Beeman quote it as being 0.20" center to center at 10 metres (11 yards). That is better than any sporting spring air pistol and is getting close to target grade for a fraction of the cost.
Power with the Nemesis is on par with any single shot pneumatic or CO2 target pistol and carries the pentagram F limited power symbol. This equates to less than 2.95 foot pounds muzzle energy (4 Joules) and 380 to 420 fps velocity depending on pellet. My gun tests to between 2.8 and 2.95fp.
This is an unusual enamel badge. At first I thought it was going to be for a shooting club, but…
Women’s Home Defence badge, WW2 (1940-1943)
This scarce WW2 enamel badge was issued to members of the Women’s Home Defence corps (WHD) in Britain. The WHD was founded in June 1940 by Dr. Edith Clara Summerskill (1901–1980) and its aim was to have a role for women in armed defence alongside the Home Guard. Edith was a Labour Party MP since 1938 who lobbied both parliament and the War Office for official recognition of the WHD.
The War Office refused to recognise the WHD, put forward various arguments against them and technically considered the organisation illegal. It was also seen to be socially unacceptable for women to train as combatants and was claimed that the existence of the WHD competes for scarce resources in competition with other Home Front organisations. It was considered that the official roles of women during wartime were to carry out jobs and support duties that would facilitate the release of men for active combat. However, there were occasions when women of the WHD did train and drill alongside some Home Guard units, but at the discretion of those in command. Just the same, any uniforms or insignia worn by members of the WHD and training with arms were entirely unofficial and off-the-record.
Despite resistance from the authorities, by December of 1942 there were some 250 units of the WHD working in support of the Home Guard. The issue could no longer be ignored and with continued lobbying, increasing support from MP’s, gains were made. In April 1943 the War Office reluctantly recognised and granted the WHD limited responsibility within the Home Guard but in a non-combatant and supportive role. The Women’s Home Guard Auxiliaries (WHGA) as they were now called were not issued with uniforms but identified only by their badge and sometimes an armband. Both the WHD and the WHGA would have worked closely with other Home Front organisations that included the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) and the Women’s Institute (WI).
The badge is made from die-stamped brass with two enamels (yellow& brown) and finished with a gilt coating. There is a pin fitting on the reverse side with the maker’s name ‘Collins, London’ The badge measures 1 3/16” high x 1” wide (about 30mm x 26mm).