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The Webley-Scott Tempest

No other airgun seems as ineffably British as the Webley Tempest. In part, this is because the Tempest has perhaps the longest history of any British gun- perhaps any airgun; it’s a direct descendant from the 1924 Webley Mark I, and functionally, it’s not all that different. Having been around longer than any of its competitors, the Tempest has traditionally been the first serious air pistol for most British shooters- the one you moved up to from the GAT.webley tempest

Paradoxically enough, given its popularity, the Tempest is not a particularly accurate gun, or a particularly pleasant gun to shoot. Trigger pull is extremely high- higher than any air or powder arm I’ve ever owned; only by adding a wide trigger shoe could I make it even reasonably easy to shoot.(Newer Tempests have a factory-supplied wider trigger.) Accuracy is low, with 1-1/2″ to 2″ groups at 10 meters being common. Cocking is difficult, given the peculiar folded air path design, and getting the barrel to lock up the same way every shot is problematic.

So why is it that the gun still sells well today, even with so many more accurate, cheaper guns around? And more curiously, why is it that I- someone who repeats Warren Page’s contention that “the only interesting guns are accurate guns” like a mantra- why is it that I continue to keep this pistol, while having bought and sold scores of better air pistols over the past few decades?

I could say, like some, that its inaccuracy, clumsiness, and reverse recoil make it a good firerarms trainer for basement practice. Of course, as I haven’t done any firearm pistol shooting in ages, that would be a bit or a stretch. Or I might argue, as others do, that it’s a good gun to introduce new shooters to the sport, which would be an even bigger lie. It’s a dreadful gun for that.

The real attraction of the Tempest is precisely that it is such a difficult, fussy, and eccentric gun- in other words, and quintissentially English gun, brought to you by the makers of the Webley-Fosberry Automatic Revolver, and, for that matter, the same nation that gave us Monty Python, Cricket, and great eccentrics like Lord Rokeby, who endevored to spend his entire life floating in water. Every time I pick up my Tempest, I am reminded of Great Britain, and all her eccentricities, and her many charms. Long may she prosper.

110 Comments

  1. Paul wrote:

    I, too, enjoy shooting my Tempest for this reason. I have heard many references to tuning the trigger–can you explain how this is done?
    thanks,
    paul

    Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  2. mje wrote:

    There’s not much you can do with a Tempest, given the simple design. At a minimum you could squirt a little moly grease above the trigger and hope that smoothed things a bit.

    If you were very ambitious, and didn’t mind dealing with all the roll pins that hold the gun together, you could disassemble the gun and polish the sear, which would make let-off smoother, or perhaps modify the sear for a shorter let-off. Neither would turn a Tempest into a target pistol- there are too many other issues- and modifying the sear would make accidental discharges much more likely.

    Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  3. James wrote:

    I used to own a tempest. I paid approximately $150 for it in 1986 or so. It got so it wouldn’t fire pellets anymore so I sent it into the factory for repair. The cost of repair I was quoted? How does $200 sound? I told them to keep the gun. It would make a great doorstop.

    Monday, January 14, 2008 at 4:19 am | Permalink
  4. Daniel Dolan wrote:

    I have three Tempests, all used, one in .22, the others in .177. I own many airpistols, the Webleys are my favorite, for some of the reasons listed above. I also like the fact that they are silent, si I can shoot in my backyard( sorry; garden) and no ones knows it. The gun is compact and it is the only air pistol that I will always take on a walk in the woods where I can shoot at some pine cones on a log in near silence. BTW, I don’t know where this business if inaccuracy came from. Two of my Webleys are quite accurate, the other, not so much. These guns are difficult to shoot well. They require technique. You have to be “one with the gun”. It takes quite a while to get the correct feel. You have to hold the gun firmly, but let it do it’s thing. It must be able to recoil in exactly the same way each time. All this from a Yank who loves his Brit air pistol. Sadly, they are no longer made and because of the Violent Crimes Reduction Act we will never see them again.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 1:14 am | Permalink
  5. Martin Slater wrote:

    I have owned numerous airguns (pistols and rifles) over the years, but I always find myself going back to a Tempest. Whilst they my not be as accurate as most recoilless pneumatics or precharged guns, I’ve only ever come across a hand full of spring pistols that are more accurate, (the HW45, (but thats a huge heavy & expensive thing) and the BSA Magnum (no longer made, wish I still had that one)). The Tempest is compact and for its size is powerful and accurate, (well, more so than most shooters). Yes it’s different and it’s not perfect, (heavy cocking and trigger make it difficult for a child to use), but they’re a great gun and it’s a shame they’ve stop making them. I like the fact that it’s not trying to be something it isn’t. It doesn’t look like a Glock/Sig Sauer/P99 etc. It’s a classic air pistol design. You don’t need to keep buying CO2 or charging it up. All you need is a tin of pellets.
    It’s a timeless airgun, something you can pass on to your kids, and thats because, if you look after it, it will easily last that long.
    For me it’s the ideal backyard plinker. (A 2″ group at 10 meters is easy to achieve).
    You could be lucky and find a new one for around the £110 price, but for a good second hand one you’ll probably have to pay £70+. There’s not much else on the market at those prices that has the same build quality and feel of the Tempest.

    Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 7:14 am | Permalink
  6. mje wrote:

    I couldn’t agree more!

    Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 8:29 am | Permalink
  7. david j wrote:

    Eccentric? You bet! I’ve carried a Tempest in .177 for shooting grouse while hunting big game for the last 15 years, and it rarely fails to drop a few birds. Being (almost) silent, it doesn’t scare off the game, and is accurate enough for birds to 10-15m. Dan Dolan’s right regarding accuracy – once you’re used to the way the Tempest shoots, beer caps at 10m can be hit consistently. If your Tempest seems to be inaccurate, try a ‘soft’ grip, allowing the pistol to recoil freely, and try a variety of pellets. I was surprised that my Tempest produced much better groupings with the cheaper Crosman points (more like domes than points) than with RWS points. Gamo Magnums were found to be lethal on grouse.
    Trigger pull can be substantially reduced without major mods to the sear – polish all contact points on the sear,trigger, and pistol body (where the sides of the sear and trigger contact it) by progressively sanding with 800, 1200, 1500, and 2000 grit wet and dry paper, clean thoroughly, and reassembly using either gunslick (graphite lube) or medium/high viscosity synthetic brake caliper lube. The synthetic caliper lube is also excellent for spring and piston lubrication, as it doesn’t promote dieseling.
    If anyone wants to get rid of their ‘inaccurate, eccentric, clumsy, difficult’ Webly pistols (Senior, Hurricane, Tempest), please drop me a line – my nephews all need grouse pistols!

    Friday, August 15, 2008 at 9:47 am | Permalink
  8. Neil derbyshire wrote:

    ok first off i’m no gun guru or anything like that but how about striking a match @ 20 feet or hitting the new 5p @ 35 feet for accuracy with my old .22 tempest which like a idiot i gave away, just got a 1.77 tempest not quite zeroed it as good yet ! but hey i love the tempest.

    Friday, January 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Permalink
  9. George Giltrap wrote:

    Just paid £30 for a Tempest .22…need a Owners Manual to strip it down…not very accurate at the mo….anyone got a spare????….i also have a Crosman 1377c which is goo fun

    Monday, March 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
  10. Ron Lopes wrote:

    Does any know where I can obtain a copy of the Weebly & Scott Beeman Tempest owner’s manual?

    Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  11. MJE wrote:

    You might try http://www.gunspares.co.uk/. I’m told they’re a great source for parts for these guns.

    Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  12. George Giltrap wrote:

    Hi,i emailed WEBLEY.co.uk…asking if they could help with a Webley Tempest Manual….and,within 10 minutes i received a reply,the guy there said he will put one in the post this evening!!!!…now thats what i call after sales service!!!…fantastic.

    Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  13. tom wrote:

    i am looking for a cheap but looked after tempest

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
  14. Karl Steffens wrote:

    As a 13 year old boy I was allowed to shoot with a school friends Webly Airpistol, that was back in 1978. A year later I moved to Germany, as soon as I reached the age of 18 I bought myself a Diana 5 which was easy to obtain in the local Sportsshop. A nice pistol but somehow not the same feeling, Weblys are
    almost imposible to obtain over here in Germany and British dealers are not allowed to send Airguns as postalorders.
    The German Customs also X-ray and open
    suspect parcels, it is very difficult to
    import pistols into Germany. I’m still searching and am sure that I will some day posess a Tempest or Hurricane, untill then I’ll plinker around with my Diana and HW 40.

    Yours sincerely Karl

    Monday, May 25, 2009 at 6:28 am | Permalink
  15. Yves Shaw wrote:

    Amen.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  16. Dan wrote:

    I have a tempest as pictured. well taken care of. has not been used in years. still works great. serial number is 00588*. I am interested in selling. How much is it worth.
    email me at dhutch5568@hotmail.com

    Monday, June 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  17. Dan wrote:

    just posted a comment about my tempest. it is a .177 if that matters. loking to find the value

    Monday, June 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Permalink
  18. Jenny Ross wrote:

    I have a webley hurricane for sale – any offers?

    Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Permalink
  19. matt wrote:

    is it in good shape? call me 1 514 476 1782

    Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 2:01 am | Permalink
  20. Dave wrote:

    Webley Tempest.. A friend of mine has one her husband bought years ago. May have been fired 50 times. Looks brand new.
    She wants to sell it.

    Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  21. Dan wrote:

    Hello Dave,
    Just seen your artical in airgunners site.
    I have been looking for a clean tempest, Does your friend still want to sell it?
    jazzy273@hotmail.com
    07804597848

    Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  22. Jeff wrote:

    looking to buy Webley Tempest

    Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:22 am | Permalink
  23. Dan wrote:

    yes Jeff, I would like to a nice little webley, I had one as a kid, love another one. Do you have one for sale?

    Friday, September 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Permalink
  24. run n'airgun wrote:

    well my neighbor traided me a tempest 177cal fur some bicycle work.i must say i fell in love with this gun at first sight.i could hardly contain myself.i’m a advid airgun hunter and own a collection of airguns, pistols too.this gun is soooo fun to shoot.dittos on keeping it for grouse i’ll use it for quail when deer hunting.well we will see,might sell if price is right………

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  25. Dan wrote:

    Dave, Any news on the tempest that your friend’s husband has for sale? Or does anyone have a tempest or hurricane for sale?

    Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
  26. Kevin wrote:

    Looking for parts for a Webley Hurricane. Can anyone help? Thanks

    Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 9:40 am | Permalink
  27. Dan wrote:

    I’m still on a quest to find a tempest, it seems to be a uphill mission.
    having withdrawal symptoms, need a tempest asap otherwise my suicide tendency will return, please help me, sell me your tempest…. thank you

    Monday, October 5, 2009 at 11:18 am | Permalink
  28. Dan wrote:

    Desperate Dan’s EMAIL is jazzy273@hotmail.com

    Monday, October 5, 2009 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  29. knowli wrote:

    If the tempest is so innacurate and cumbersome, what air pistol would you recommend that retains the british authenticity yet has the benefits of a modern design? I’ve heard rumours of a 40th anniversary webley pistol, is this true?

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Permalink
  30. mje wrote:

    Haven’t heard anything about a 40th Anniversary gun from Webley. BSA did some 40th anniversary guns several years ago. You might want to watch the new Webley web site at http://www.webley.co.uk/ (which says it will go live on September 1st!)

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  31. Ben T wrote:

    i have a webley tempest . lookin to sell it with gun case included. brand new condition only used it a couple times to hit targets. powerful gun….Benvemma@live.com

    Monday, October 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink
  32. David Kennaway wrote:

    I have a Webley Tempest.22 paid £85 for it at a gun shop second hand. I remember using one as a child and always wanting one. It had been fully serviced and sighted by great gunsmith. I took it up to their target range and it was very accurate. I then took it to the outdoor range and it hit every target I could hit with my Weihruach HW35 rifle (with scope) up to 50 feet. It is very powerful and I love it. If you have one that is not very accurate have it seen to. It is worth it? I never go to the gun club without it. It’s magic and its British.

    Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Permalink
  33. I own a Webly air pistol. I have no real use for a hand gun. One day I was invited to a ‘cowboy shooters’ shoot; these were a wealthy bunch of city chaps, who collected original and working replicas.
    They invited me to one of their meets and loaned me a six shooter. I thought I did very well; returning the firearm,I noticed a stoney silence. I put it down to, having missed a few of the little metal birds; these were the real mc coy and I, a green horn.
    That was till they came to shoot; non of them could hit the side of a barn, they looked good though, in all the gear.
    At the end of the day we all went to a local cafe, where I was quizzed about my marksmanship. I shrugged; I hadn’t the heart to humiliate them any further and tell them it had been a long winter. I had spent more time than I should have, in a remote log cabin; my only company, a dog and a bunch of cows. To alleviate boredom, I used up a lot of lead shooting at a bottle top dangling on a string, across the cabin with my Webly. It has a similar heft to the guns these fellows had.

    Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 1:11 am | Permalink
  34. mark parsons wrote:

    Hi all, I’m looking to buy a nice old british made tempest .22
    Email me with pics and info on sav_circle63@hotmail.com
    Thanks

    Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink
  35. Ollie wrote:

    Yes, Wbley are bringing out a ‘specia\l edtion’ of the Tempest to mark the 100th anniversary fo their first air pistol patent made in 1910. It may be classed as a special edition but what it surely is is the ‘new’ Webely International (an importer only) using up old unsold stock from their buyout of ‘real’ Webley. A last chance though to purchase a Birmingham made Tempest….. At £200

    Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 7:01 am | Permalink
  36. michael wrote:

    hi all, i have a webley hurricane 177 air pistol for sale,in its original box with the hurricane and tempest air pistols owners manual and webley and scott guarantee,also have original rear sight and the telescopic sight mounting bracket.and allen key. tidy condition for its age, made in birmingham uk. £150 tel: 07517512801 many thanks, mike

    Monday, January 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
  37. john hadveck wrote:

    Have a Webley Beeman Tempest 22 caliber air pistol for sale. Any body interested?

    Friday, January 29, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink
  38. Steve Nuttall wrote:

    I have for sale a Webley Tempest still in a box with no accessories, but it is in new condition Offers to stevenuttallwelders@yahoo.co.uk

    Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 5:54 am | Permalink
  39. Steve Nuttall wrote:

    For sale still boxed a Tempest pistol 177 in mint condition , with the original guarantee check list and batch number fastened to the trigger guard. There is no name on the action it only shows it on the paperwork. Offers to stevenuttallwelders@yahoo.co.uk

    Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink
  40. fab4 wrote:

    hi there,
    i have a webley & scott mark I with wood
    and a diana luftpistole mod.5 D.R.P.a. for sale.
    anybody interessted?
    ps: best write in german, then english.

    Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink
  41. Rich wrote:

    Hi, I have for sale a Webley Tempest .177 in excellent/as new condition. Still boxed

    It belonged to my father who has passed it down to me; I don’t think he has ever used it.

    Complete in original box, with pot of oil, Allen key, original sealed tin of .177 pellets all still as new. Gun is as new too from what I can tell.

    Let me know if you are interested? Regards

    Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  42. Chris birchall wrote:

    I have a Webley and Scott 1920″s model Mark 1 air pistol with wooden grips. Do you know where parts can be aquired.
    chrispilot35@gmail.com

    Monday, April 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  43. Ted wrote:

    Rich;

    Is your Tempest still for sale?

    Are you located in the UK?

    Thanks, Ted

    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  44. Rich wrote:

    Hello Ted. Yes it is indeed still for sale, I am in UK. My email should you wish to contact is richvorn@aol.com
    Regards.

    Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 5:00 am | Permalink
  45. ross wrote:

    Ihave Webly Tempest .22 boxed excellent cond.for sale.Any offers?Can supply photos if required.Send your email address.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink
  46. ross wrote:

    Re last message(webly tempest.22 for sale)my email address is rossaframe@hotmail.com

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  47. Chris Patterson wrote:

    I gave my beloved .177 Tempest to a friend, who immediately part exchanged it for a cheap and nasty pressed metal gat ripoff. I loved that gun and still mourn it’s passing.

    Friday, July 2, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  48. mje wrote:

    Chris, I feel your pain!

    Friday, July 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  49. alan wrote:

    I’m UK based looking to purchase a mint condition,boxed,Webley Tempest .22

    Friday, July 30, 2010 at 9:26 am | Permalink
  50. lance kongeal wrote:

    I have a mint 22 tempest. i am interested in selling this item. email interest and i can send pics…i am located in michigan (us)

    Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  51. Craig wrote:

    Presently on the search for a looked after Webley tempest, I’m in the UK , preferably a .22 calibre

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink
  52. cordell wrote:

    I am looking for a parts diagram for the Webley Tempest .177……….Any help would certainly appreciated..

    Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
  53. Wim Collaris wrote:

    Hello Cordell,

    my book of Gordon Bruce’s Webley Air Pistols has a parts diagram for the Tempest. I can scan it and sent it to you. But I need your e-mail address.

    CU Wim

    Monday, November 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink
  54. Wim Collaris wrote:

    Hello Cordell,

    just found a diagram for a pre may 3rd 1984 tempest. http://www.mek-schuetzen.de/Blueprints/webley_tempest.gif

    CU Wim

    Monday, November 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  55. Wim Collaris wrote:

    Just found the same diagram, but now with the parts list.http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u70/Garvin1/WebleyTempestCustom.jpg

    Monday, November 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink
  56. BRIAN JOHN CLARKE wrote:

    HELLO
    just bought a tempest but not used it much yet,am wondering if it is possible to fit a scope,my eyes not so good these days.
    If so where can i get one with mount.
    cheers brian

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 4:46 am | Permalink
  57. Wim Collaris wrote:

    Hello Brian,

    the hurricane and typhoon had a scope option, which places the scope behind the barrel and rear sight, on the frame. This way you are able to cock the gun (by tipping the barrel). But the tempest does not have that option.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
  58. BRIAN JOHN CLARKE wrote:

    thankes wim,appreciate your response,will explore further options

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink
  59. BRIAN JOHN CLARKE wrote:

    hi cordell you can get diagram and parts list from T W CHAMBERS just go online and check website

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  60. Wim Collaris wrote:

    Hello Brian: an example what I mean: http://arms-gallery.dk/images/luft-haglvåben/luftrifler/webley-scott/ws-hurricane-scp.jpg

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink
  61. Steve K wrote:

    I have a Webley tempest air pistol for sale. I bought it new in 1991 and it is complete and just “as new” in the original box with the receipt, manuals and all paper work. It came with the custom wood grip option and was purchased from a local authorized dealer. I am open to an offer and I am located in the US.
    Email me: xerk200-steve@yahoo.com

    Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 12:31 am | Permalink
  62. Bimmerland wrote:

    I have a Tempest S/N 025207. Can you tell me the date of manufacture and was it made in the US or UK. Company could not help. Thanks

    Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
  63. mje wrote:

    All original Tempests were made by Webley in the UK.

    Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
  64. Gary Huth wrote:

    I have owened my Webley Tempest and would not sell it AT ALL. Love this airgun ! Sold a Mark 4 years ago and wish I kept that pistol. And I find it great to shoot with a nice little kick. I hit my targets well. One pump produces plenty of power.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
  65. Jeff Padgett wrote:

    I need an o-ring for this weapon, can you assist?

    Thank you – Jeff

    WEBLEY & SCOTT, LTD. – Birmingham, England
    Model: Mark II – 3rd Variant Break Barrel Cocking Spring Piston Single Shot Air Rifle
    Caliber: .22

    Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  66. peter wolfenden. wrote:

    how should i oil my as new tempest 177.where do i put the oil and how often.is 3 in 1 ok.

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  67. mje wrote:

    Never use 3-in-1 or any petroleum oil internally. You should occasionally wipe it down with a good polarized oil like Birchwood Casey Sheath, and put a tiny drop of a good gun lubricant on the various pivot points if they make noise.

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
  68. peter wolfenden. wrote:

    underneath the forsight is webley &scott then a ltter f.what does the f indicate?

    Monday, February 14, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink
  69. Mike Sacks wrote:

    I have had my Tempest in .177 since the early 80′s. It is always on my desk in my office. Across the room I have a wood framed target trap using clay as the back stop. It gets exercised frequently!

    Friday, March 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  70. john wrote:

    can anybody tell me how i can geta owners manual tempest.22

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
  71. mje wrote:

    Try here: http://www.tumke.nl/PDFdocumenten/TempestManual.pdf

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
  72. jose martinez wrote:

    does anybody have a tempest for sale a 22 or 177 in the states if so call me at 847-366-5266

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink
  73. phil wrote:

    Came across a Beeman Webley Hurricane .177
    1982,with scope, box / manuals / etc. Not sure of the value.

    Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink
  74. mje wrote:

    The last one I found on line sold for $230, but I suspect it could get more at a collector’s sale.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:44 am | Permalink
  75. Brian Croucher wrote:

    I have a Webley Tempest for sale ,it is .22 and in very good condition ,please contact on line or phone 01225703298.

    Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink
  76. I am looking for wooden grips without the thumb shelf for my tempest.Ihave seen some on e bay but you cant examine them.they are described as combat grips.has anyone bought some and are they ok.I live manchester area.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 4:56 am | Permalink
  77. Ed wrote:

    I have an old Hurricane and a question. I seem to have a little bit of lateral movement in the barrel and my accuracy is terrible. I can group fine with other pistols and used to be in a shooting club. My question is in 2 parts. Could the movement in the barrel be throwing off my shots, and is there anything I can do to fix this? my email is ed.married2.debz@gmail.com

    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  78. mje wrote:

    If it’s loose in the front, at the pivot, it’ll take some serious work to fix that. If the rear of the barrel is loose, it may just need a new seal. It’s normal for there to be a lot of fexibility in the linkage before the barrel is locked down, so as long as it locks up solid don’t worry about the front pivot.

    The Tempests is a lot more difficult to shoot than other air pistols. It’s very hold sensitive, has a heavy trigger and the recoil is opposite from most spring guns. You need a consistent grip that’s not too firm and a good follow through. I added a large trigger shoe to mine, which helps. If you can find a set of wooden grips with the thumbrest, that will help, too.

    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  79. Greg Dunne wrote:

    Hi I have a mint webley hurricane 22 cal for sale.It was purchased new in 2003 probably around the same time webley went out of business only fired a few times.If you’re interested make an offer email: dunnes@shaw.ca

    Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
  80. james thompson wrote:

    have for sale webly & scott ltd tempast 177cal in as new condition any offers

    Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  81. james thompson wrote:

    also in 1st class condition typhoon .22cal any offers or pics can be posted

    Friday, May 20, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink
  82. joe b wrote:

    Hello. I have a webley tempest .177. Bought about 12 years ago. Have fired about 100X. Bought new from Cabela’s. somewhere along the way, a pellet got jammed in the barrel. anyone know how to fix? where to have fixed that is economical? might consider selling as is. perfect condition otherwise. live in the U.S.

    Monday, May 30, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  83. mje wrote:

    Push it out with a cleaning rod. If you want to sell it, contract me at mje@spamcop.net.

    Monday, May 30, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink
  84. John Roberts wrote:

    I have Tempest .177 for sale as new.Fired 10 – 15 times offers?

    Monday, June 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  85. Bogdan Chesaraicu wrote:

    Hello,

    I have a Webley&Scott Mark I from my grandfather.SN 16531. The gun is in good condition and working OK. Does anyone have any idea how much can I get for it ?

    Thank you,

    Bogdan

    Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink
  86. mje wrote:

    Depending on condition, between $200 and $300. Exceptional guns, and guns with the box, can bring more.

    Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  87. fred gladden wrote:

    Do you know where I can obtain a copy of the basic maintenance instructions for the webley Tempest?

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink
  88. mje wrote:

    Truthfully, very little maintenance is required. Wipe the gun down after use with a clean rag and a tiny amount of a depolarized oil, like Beechwood Casey Sheath. That’s about it. If the gun loses power after 5-10 years of shooting you might have it serviced or put a drop of silicone oil in the chamber.

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  89. Allyssa wrote:

    does anyone know how much I can get for a Webley Scott Hurricane in it’s original box, looks as if it were never used? Where can I sell this? Is Ebay the best bet? Thanks

    Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  90. mje wrote:

    Probably $200 or more. Ebay doesn’t accept airguns. I’d recommend the Yellow Forum Airgun Classifieds as a good place to sell and to research price:

    http://www.network54.com/Forum/79574/

    Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  91. paul luxton wrote:

    lookn for a wmbly tempist great air gun some power to other 22 s av been shootn since a was a kid ma family let me have air guns at a earlly age sarted off with the gat n then the 177 then air riffle but the tempist is the gun of choice for me paul luxton mrluxton@hotmail.co.uk if anyone is sellin such a air gun

    Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  92. JEFF MAXFIELD wrote:

    I have a Hurricane .177, 30-40 years old,well warn but good shape I would be interested in selling,but only to a good home. Iwould not part with it but have parkinsons and am a danger to property-maxfield3576@roadrunner.com

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 4:22 am | Permalink
  93. JEFF MAXFIELD wrote:

    MY E MAIL IS MAXFIELD3576@ROADRUNNER.COM

    Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  94. Darren wrote:

    I live in New Zealand,and keen on buying a Webley Nemesis,and a Webley Tempest and/or Hurricane.my email address is moonieparone@gmail.com

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  95. julian kozlowski wrote:

    I am interested in buying webley tempest
    My email is adiospomidory@yahoo.com

    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink
  96. mike wrote:

    Selling a hurricane 177 2set of grips all books and asscesories make an offer.

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink
  97. Wingco wrote:

    I am looking for a Webley air pistol preferably a .22 senior or similar email me if you can help

    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  98. jarod wesley wrote:

    i have a beeman hurricane for sale – looks good – works even better. make me a fair offer. i know what its worth, but i’ll take less.
    509-863-1006

    Friday, August 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  99. Don Durham wrote:

    Ijust took a webly huricane in trade in the box with all accesories.I believe the guy told me it was his dads in the 50′s.It shoots great .
    WHAT IS THE VALUE?It was unused AND WRAPED IN BROWN PAPER
    Don

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  100. mje wrote:

    The Hurricane is basically a Tempest with a rear sight extension, and wasn’t made until 1975. A pistol in excellent condition with the box and all the papers might sell for $125-200 depending on the year. Right now all gun prices seem t be a bit depressed due to the economy.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
  101. Merlin Hemp wrote:

    I have a Tempest and I think they are exceptionally “cool” guns. My problem is that I accidentally pulled the trigger with the gun cocked half open. The barrel snapped back and now when I try to cock the gun, the barrel won’t close down without pulling the trigger. What can I do?
    Merlin

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink
  102. Richard UK wrote:

    Weekend = Tidy out of the house.

    Found a .22 Webley Tempest and .22 Webley Huricane.

    Both used however in very good condition.

    Also an original boxed very very very good condition original Gat Gun, complete with original pellets, darts and corks (missing one cork from box)

    All for sale. Email to richvorn@aol.com if you are interested.

    Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink
  103. sean wrote:

    Anyone interested in buying my Webley Tempest .177 pellet gun? I bought it brand new when i was just a kid approx 30 yrs ago. I love this gun and have cared for this gun thru the years. It has had only about 1000 rounds put thru it so everything works mint on it, and comes with the original holster.
    It has been put away for many years in my closet and i have no use for it now. It’s time for someone to enjoy this well made piece instead of sitting in a closet.
    Let me know if anyone is interested and i’ll send pictures of it.
    Thanks
    Sean.

    Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink
  104. sean wrote:

    E-mail to sean_carole@rogers.com

    Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink
  105. sean wrote:

    Located in Toronto, Canada.

    Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink
  106. James wrote:

    I have a 177 Tempest. Underneath the forend, it’s stamped: Webley & Scott Ltd Birmingham England. On the right side, it’s stamped: Beeman’s Precision Airguns Inc. 47 Paul Drive San Rafael Cal. I’m looking for oiling instructions. The original oiling instructions show the exploded view which is fairly meaningless to me. Help please!

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink
  107. mje wrote:

    Simple oiling instructions: Don’t. Beeman encouraged people to squirt tons of silicone oil in the compression chamber that these guns didn’t need. Mine gets the occasional wipedown with a few drops of a polarized oil like Birchwood Casey Sheath on the exposed metal parts, like the barrel, to protect it from rusting. Never, ever, use petroleum oils on an air gun!

    If yours is squeaky when cocking, I’d recommend a small amount of silicone grease AND NOTHING ELSE applied through the slot on top of the chamber, under the barrel. If the gun loses power, you can try adding a few drops of silicone oil- no other lube!- through the port where it meets the barrel, and cocking a few times.

    Generally spring guns should NOT be lubricated in normal use. After maybe 50,000 or more shots, if performance falls off they should be disassembled, the seals replaced if necessary, and the piston and cylinder lubricated with a small amount of a moly and silicone grease. I do this with my rifles, but I wouldn’t try it with a Tempest. I leave that gun and some of my high-end spring air rifles to experts.

    Most spring air guns require no service in normal use for many years. I just had my 20 year old Theoben Sirocco rebuilt. My old TX200, which I used to compete regularly with in the mid-90s, is currently being used by a friend a sold it to. It was tuned by Jim Maccari back then and hasn’t been touched since.

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  108. Danny V wrote:

    looking for a repair shop in the US webley/beeman TEMPEST air pistol. Bought at garage sale. needs a cleaning and manual. Thanks Dan

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink
  109. mje wrote:

    Manual: http://mediacdn.shopatron.com/media/mfg/4371/spec_file/131037909.pdf

    I found this on line as well:

    To service, use a punch to push out the pins that hold the trigger parts in and the fore-end on. Take note of the position of the trigger parts, note how the trigger spring fits behind the trigger guard. Slide off the trigger guard and the plastic fore-end, push out the pin holding the metal plug in the fore-end of the cylinder. This will free the barrel, and as the pin comes all the way out, the plug and the spring will come free as well. There shouldn’t be much preload on the spring but it will push the plug out as the pin comes out. Slide the barrel linkage out of the cocking slot, and the pistol is mostly stripped.

    Clean the parts as best you can. If you can’t wash them with solvent, a good clean with rags should do, but do make sure the inside of the cylinder is as clean as possible.

    Check the piston head for wear… If you notice a split on the plastic piston head washer, don’t worry, it’s supposed to have that!

    Lubes: rub Moly GN paste well into all the trigger parts, the inside of the cylinder, the inside and outside of the piston too. I find motorcycle Chain Wax aerosols good for spring lube, just spray it on quite liberally and you will find that it dampens out twang quite nicely. I put a little moly grease on the ends of the spring too. All the pivot points (like the pin at the fore-end that the barrel hinges on) will benefit from Moly GN paste rubbed in. Cocking will also be a lot smoother if you apply GN paste to the cocking slot and in the small t-shaped link that goes through the slot. Also, put some GN paste on the fulcrum, this is the bump near the barrel-hinge that the cocking link slides over as you cock it.

    The trigger is pretty easy to strip and reassemble and does benefit a lot from being treated with moly paste, you just need to push out the pins in the trigger guard first, then the pins that the trigger parts turn on, then all the trigger parts come out through the slot in the underside of the trigger housing, but do pay attention to their orientation and the position of the small spring that is held in place by the front of the trigger guard, maybe draw a diagram, this will help when reassembling the trigger. Put Moly paste in the holes in the trigger parts and on the pins that they pivot on. The trigger may feel tight and heavy to start with but it will return to normal with a little use and will then improve still further!

    These pistols really are improved a lot by modern lubricants. I know that Webley used to recommend just plain Webley Oil, but these pistols improve so much with GN paste, Chain Wax and a little grease too, I don’t know why Webley never changed their lubrication instructions. I am sure that modern lubes like these will keep a Tempest running nicely for a much longer time than oil alone, it will be more pleasant to shoot and cock as well. I love my Tempest!

    One final word about the roll-pins, it should be fairly obvious which side they were inserted from, you should try to remove and replace them from the same side that the original assembler of the pistol used, if you’re lucky it will be obvious as on one side the holes around the pins will be flattened slightly, or the pins will be shiny where they have been tapped into place. pushing them out and replacing them from the same side saves wear on the holes and means that you don’t have to peen the edges of the holes over to keep the pins secure. It’s nothing to worry about as, serviced like this it should be years before you need to strip it again, it’s about four years since I serviced my Tempest like this and it’s still fine despite fairly regular use.

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink
  110. Don Rich wrote:

    I am interested in buying a Webley Tempest. Or might buy any similar Webley.
    Thank you
    Don Rich
    I’m in Utah USA
    18016732929

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

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