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american sniper
07-23-2006, 09:27 AM
not sure if there is already a topic on this gun.

Welrod Silenced Gun:

The Welrod is a rather special gun. A single shot weapon, with a bolt-action mechanism and a silencer (muffler is more appropriate)as a part of the gun, it was reportedly designed within a few months of the start of WWII. The Welrod was designed by a Major Dolphin (a code name, the man`s true name is still unknown) for the british War Office. Apparently some 2800 of these weapons were made, by both the British and the Americans.
The users of this rather specialistic piece of equipment were groups like the SAS (Special Air Service), the SOE (Special Operations Executive), the Commandos and the American OSS (Office for Strategic Services). After the war the Welrod was used to great effect in places like Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, and even (as the rumor goes) in Northern Ireland. There might be some truth to that rumor, because in Great Britain the Welrod is still classified under the Official Secrets Act.

The use for such weapon is rather obvious. It is mostly used for dispatching enemy sentries, and assasination. Because of its construction it is of little other use, as its effective range is only about forty to fifty feet, and has to be manually reloaded for each shot. It is apparently a very quiet weapon though. How quietly is still classified....

The Welrod is a typical invention out of need: it is little more than a steel tube containing the barrel, silencer, a bolt, and a attached to this a very short grip (the rest of the grip is removable and IS the magazine). The sights are very rudimentary, and the front sight is located halfway along the tube, just aft of the removable silencer/barrel assembly. The trigger is blocked by a grip safety (the only safety the weapon has), and just under the trigger, still inside the guard, is the magazine release lever. Right above the grip is the ejection port. At the rear of the weapon is a knurled knob, which is used to operate the bolt action.
In order to load the gun, the knob is turned to the left for a quarter turn, and then pulled back. Any cartridges , empty or new are now ejected. When the knob is pushed forward a cartridge is stripped from the magazine and fed into the chamber. At the same time the striker is put under tension. Lastly the knob is turned a quarter turn to the right, and the weapon is now loaded.

The Welrod is chambered in the caliber 9 mm, and has a six round magazine that doubles as the lower part of the grip. For the best operation of the gun (eg., the most silent), it is recommended to use only subsonic 9 mm rounds. The use of standard velocity rounds wil substantially increase the noise level.

For obvious reasons this weapon is Government Issue Only!

Weight: 2.65 lbs (1.2 kg) empty.
Caliber: 9 mm
OVERALL Length: 14.6 inches (36.5 cm).
Action: Single Shot Bolt Action.
Range: 40 ft (12 m).
Payload: 6 rounds .
Cost: ?
Made in: Great Britain, USA.
Special: Specially designed muffled handgun. Government Issue Only!

07-23-2006, 04:41 PM
Interesting weapon. I remember using one of those in Medal Of Honor.

american sniper
07-23-2006, 06:05 PM
yeah in medal of honor rising sun i was one of the best players at this gun but thats besides the point

07-23-2006, 11:03 PM
Hi american sniper,

Are you really sure that Welrod was and still is classified?
Brits also produced silenced Stens like that:

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7953/silencedsten3pw3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

They were widely used by SOE operatives and paras. Not classified at all.



07-23-2006, 11:44 PM

Denmark, May 1945


07-24-2006, 01:28 AM
Thanks Dani!

Excellent site!

07-24-2006, 01:38 AM
The Welrod got its name from where it was first manufactured! I maybe able to dig up the designers name!

07-24-2006, 06:22 AM
Thanks Dani!

Excellent site!

Thanks Lancer.

Welrod Mk II used by SOE in Norway:




american sniper
07-24-2006, 06:52 AM
very interesting thanks for the great info

07-25-2006, 04:59 AM
The sights are very rudimentary, and the front sight is located halfway along the tube, just aft of the removable silencer/barrel assembly.

They are actually far from rudimentary, being very well made, low profile fixed sights.
Nicely dovetailed into the main body, the rearsights were zeroed and staked at the factory, and although it is possible to drift-adjust them for windage I cannot envisage a situation where this would be necessary.

Despite some popular opinion that they are inaccurate and only of use within arms length, anyone with half-decent pistol skils will easily be able to take headshots at twenty-five metes.
This is perhaps especially true of the Mk II and Mk IIA which have considerably longer sight radius compared to the Mk I.

07-25-2006, 05:07 AM
The contents of Cuts post are important but I think that more important is fact that Cuts is back!

Double Cheers!