The ed­i­tor gets to grips with a modern in­car­na­tion of a true clas­sic

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The ed­i­tor puts the modern ver­sion of the Webley Typhoon through its paces and has fun at the same time

The Webley & Scott Typhoon used to be the big brother of the Tem­pest, shar­ing a great deal in com­mon, apart from the sights and a slightly longer bar­rel. To­day, it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent pis­tol, shar­ing noth­ing but the name. The modern Typhoon is a con­ven­tional break-bar­rel, spring-pis­ton gun, but with a few tricks up its sleeve. It has the look of a large, high-power springer, but when I han­dled it, it wasn’t as big as I thought. Like many pis­tols of this kind, it’s nat­u­rally top heavy, a con­di­tion that’s ex­ac­er­bated if you add a scope or red- dot sight. This is made more pro­nounced by the fact that the pis­tol grip is quite small and slen­der.

Like many modern pis­tols, the grip is made from a tough, syn­thetic ma­te­rial that’s im­per­vi­ous to wa­ter and mud, so all it needs af­ter a wet day’s shoot­ing is a quick wipe off. Of course, the blued steel still needs proper dry­ing and oil­ing to pre­vent cor­ro­sion. To ease the cock­ing ef­fort, a slide- on bar­rel ex­ten­sion is in­cluded that in­creases the lever­age of the bar­rel, and this can be left on as you shoot, which is what I did. I didn’t see any down­side to it re­main­ing in place, and per­haps it might even steady the muz­zle a touch. The front sight el­e­ment is spring-loaded, so that if you press on it whilst cock­ing the pis­tol, it sinks down in­side the hous­ing so that it doesn’t dig into your skin - a neat trick that’s been in­cor­po­rated.

Good sights

The rear sight is fully ad­justable for windage and el­e­va­tion and sits well back on the ac­tion. This makes for a long (14”) sight base, which is a great help to ac­cu­racy. There are also dove­tails ma­chined into the top of the ac­tion to ac­cept scopes or red- dot

“The pel­lets weigh 8.18 grains in .177 which means that the Typhoon was mak­ing 5.7 ft.lbs! No won­der it’s lively”

sights of your choice. I find this is the best way to get the most from the ac­cu­racy, but at the ex­pense of han­dling and ex­tra weight.

The grip is slen­der, as men­tioned, and am­bidex­trous, above which we find the un­usual safety. It’s a flat tab that slides from one side to the other through the ac­tion, and is set to fire when it pro­trudes to the left. It can be dis­en­gaged with the trig­ger fin­ger whilst on aim, but it’s a bit of a wrig­gle to get to with­out chang­ing your grip, so it’s best to dis­en­gage it be­fore tak­ing fi­nal aim.


The Typhoon’s real party piece is its re­coil ab­sorp­tion sys­tem. The ac­tion slides along the grip assem­bly as it drives back­ward on fir­ing, so you feel less of the rear­ward mo­tion. In­side the assem­bly, a large spring is stretched by the re­coil and presses the ac­tion for­ward af­ter the shot is fired. The fir­ing cy­cle is very quick and clean, and to be hon­est, it’s hard to tell the ef­fect that the re­coil ab­sorp­tion is hav­ing. That be­ing said, it does feel pleas­ant to shoot, which might be a good enough rec­om­men­da­tion in it­self.

The trig­ger’s ac­tion is sin­gle-stage and quite wooden. The blade moves very lit­tle, ex­hibit­ing al­most no creep at all, and this is far from what I’m used to, so it took a lit­tle time to ad­just to its ac­tion. How­ever, now I’m used to it, I don’t no­tice it at all and I quite like it. It’s a lively gun in your hands and, from the very first shot, I no­ticed that it was ring­ing my steel pel­let catcher pretty loudly. I kept shoot­ing to let the gun set­tle down and for the diesel­ing to re­duce. Plenty of smoke was blow­ing around my range af­ter ev­ery shot, but it soon be­gan to die down. Once it had, I went into my work­shop and chrono­graphed it with an in­ter­est­ing pel­let from Webley - a VMXPel that has an ‘Aero-Dome’ head. This is a very shal­low round­head that’s half way to be­ing a wad­cut­ter. They felt a good fit in the Typhoon’s ri­fling and gave de­cent ac­cu­racy as well. Av­er­age ve­loc­ity over 30 shots was 560 fps vary­ing 15 fps. The pel­lets weigh 8.18 grains in .177 which means that the Typhoon was mak­ing 5.7 ft.lbs. No won­der it’s lively! This makes it one of the most pow­er­ful pis­tols you can buy.

Dur­ing ac­cu­racy test­ing, I re­alised that my two-handed com­bat hold was caus­ing in­ac­cu­racy. This is be­cause my thumbs were rest­ing against the side of the mov­ing slide, which then changed the re­coil pat­tern from shot to shot. Once I re­alised my mis­take, my groups im­proved im­me­di­ately. This is a great plinker and tons of fun to use, so if you’re look­ing for a pis­tol with plenty of wal­lop, you might have just found it.

This time my twohanded com­bat hold worked against me

It’s a stiff pis­tol to cock, but there’s a good rea­son for that

It’s not as big a pis­tol as it first looks

The safety slides through the ac­tion

This cock­ing aid comes with the gun and is very wel­come

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