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Webley Alecto

Webley Alecto

Of the PCP mechanical action air pistols, I’d think there’s none better than the Webley Alecto. I say this as not only is it one of the finest examples of internal engineering I’ve seen and used but it also has great handling characteristics and many practical features. 

Mainframe

The black, polymer mainframe and grip, combined with its modern styling, make the Alecto an imposing gun, in both looks and build. If anything it has a bit of an IMI Desert Eagle and Jericho look about it. From the box it comes with open sights; up front a blade with a red insert and at the rear a fully adjustable, low profile U-notch. On either side of the slide are dummy safety levers that are actually the unlocking catches to allow you to open it. Once unlatched the top frame carrying the barrel easily hinges forward for the outward stroke that draws air into the cylinder. When fully open this allows direct pellet loading into the barrel’s exposed breech. Returning (or closing) the top frame compresses the air in the cylinder and also cocks the pistol.

The forward/top section of the over-lever features a five inch Weaver-type dovetail with a single recoil slot. Which will allow the use of optical sighting systems – red dots and long eye relief pistol scopes. Though given their base width you might need an adaptor.  This is mirrored by a shorter length of multi-slotted Picatinny rail underneath, so if you wish you can put a light or laser on too.

The large trigger guard is square and has a forward finger hold if a double handed is used. Inside the guard is the chrome plated trigger blade and in front of this is the cruciform auto safety lever. The safety is pushed forward to FIRE and pulls back for SAFE, and is easy and natural to operate.

Hands On

The pistol grip is quite target-orientated with a moulding that conforms to the hand along with finger grips plus thumb and palm shelve. The latter is adjustable, so can be tailored to suit just about anyone. Webley provides a star key for this purpose. If that was not enough the whole grip is dimpled for even more adhesion. If you are a south paw don’t worry as a left handed option is also available, which is smart marketing. Overall for what I would term as a general purpose pistol this arrangement is pretty sophisticated.

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Unlocking the over lever and lifting it up to loading position reveals the Alecto’s 7 ½” rifled steel barrel. This is a familiar build also used by Weihrauch and Gamo on their manual PCP pistols. At this point you decide on how many pumps you want, as we’ve now reached the variable power system. One gives a plinking-usable 3 ft/lbs, two jacks it up to 5ft/lbs and a third only adds a measly extra ½ ft/lb more. An integral dump valve automatically keeps the gun at the legal 6 ft/lb limit so don’t waste your effort. I’d say two pumps are ideal for most uses!

Target Time

For a rifle shooter like myself, handguns can prove to be the hardest to shoot well. There’s no butt to pull into your shoulder with a steadying second hand grip on the forend – instead it’s all done at arm’s length with sight picture, stance and trigger release totally down to you. Many airgun hunters have long known if you want to improve, brush up or assess your trigger technique – there’s no better way than to take out the air pistol and have some target time. If you think that ‘codswallop’ try it and see what you think.

When you start shooting the Alecto you’ll soon appreciate the gun’s adjustable, 2-stage trigger. It can be set up to almost any level of let off and travel. Incidentally, the foresight flips over to offer a choice of blade width as well as positioning within the housing. Webley include tools for all tweaking required. 

Shooting the Alecto on one pump will soon have you printing tight groups using the open sights out to 12-15 yards, given you input a solid stance, good hold and trigger technique. Up the power with two pumps and you can push the range out to 40-50 yards; yes you read it right. Here it will easily handle suitable spinners or even knock over targets. This I hasten to add is best done with some form of optic fitted. 

At full power there’s a measure of muzzle flip, which is to be expected. I rigged it up with a UTG red/green dot sight in a raised, angle-back mount and underneath fitted a Guntuff laser. The Alecto now excelled, the extra weight helped quell muzzle flip. Using this set-up and a two handed, isosceles hold, I set the laser to coincide with the green dot at 50 yards. Incidentally there’s an AGS pistol scope to suit and a combination laser/flashlight option available. My only gripe is; wouldn’t it be cool if they made a retrofit and effective silencer! 

Final Verdict

Despite how long it’s been available, the Webley Alecto is still amongst the best of the pump-up single shot air pistols available. Considering its accuracy potential, variable power versatility and ability it offers for mounting alternative and multiple sighting options, this is undoubtedly a landmark air pistol.

PRICE: £229.95 includes hard case, instructions, tools and cleaning kit

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  • Model: Webley Alecto
  • Type: Single shot pneumatic air pistol
  • Action: Over-lever single or multi stroke
  • Calibre: .177 on test .22 available
  • Sights: Yes plus bases for scope and/or accessories
  • Overall Length : 11.5”
  • Weight: 2.5lbs un-scoped
  • Barrel: 7.25”

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    MiraGrise
    22 May 2019 at 03:25 AM
  • Great Gun I Have Had It 2 Years Brilliant Pistol.
    I Bought The -2 Model Perfect for me 3 pumps Loads Of Power.
    I Bought. Holographic Red/Green Laser.
    3 power Levels 5 Different patterns To Choose From In Red or Green.
    Bought A Vertical Bi Pod for Under Rail To Hold As The Gun Is Big.
    Or Pop The Two Feet Down If You Want To Rest On Something.

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    ISPYGB
    16 Feb 2018 at 01:36 AM
  • Yes, this is one of the nicest air pistols I have, and at a reasonable price and is accurate.However there does not appear to have a means of "dry firing".I was a pistol shooter for many years before Dunblane when we were all punished for a crime committed by a Mr Hamilton at a school there. Since then we had to carry on with air guns, and I find the Webley Alecto one of the best for the money. Not as much fun as my Smith & Wesson model 28 was but still as good as some of the more expensive air pistols I have. I won a Silver medal for pistol shooting in 1978- the good old days. If I am allowed to only keep one air pistol this is the one I will keep. Who knows how many we will be able to keep here in Scotland once the new licencing of air guns comes into force.

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    Paul Robinson
    18 Dec 2014 at 08:30 PM
  • Had an alecto for a couple of years. pimped it up with red dot, sometimes laser and sometimes front steadying grip, This pistol is accurate as you can shoot, can hit spinners at 40yds every time and I am 65.When I was a lad webley pistols were the plinking gun, this pistol has been used by me for rat control in barns and dumps, totally efficient gun.

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    stewart campbell
    01 Jan 2014 at 10:51 AM
  • came to this pistol quite late as its up to mk3,now have a mk1 in .177 and am very impressed with its performance and versatility,styling is not to my taste but thats easily overcome by its overall quality of operation.serious or fun it does both for affordable outlay.

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    r bainbridge
    24 Nov 2013 at 07:54 AM
  • I bought a second hand version of the Alecto to save pennies and have not been disappointed. I fitted a Hawk scope to it and it was a pig to zero,but with patience I finally with help got it right.Amazing bit of kit , mine is .177 but would think it would work well in any calibre.

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    Michael Brassington
    03 Nov 2013 at 09:41 PM
  • hi, my alecto doesnt have the slot in the dovetail rail about an inch behind the main front site so i cant get the bolt on my red dot sight to go through the hole as it needs the slot in the rail like a weaver rail has,

    has anyone come across this problem and milled a slot into the top rail, and if yes is it easy to do

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    jed
    29 Nov 2012 at 01:04 AM
  • Most pistol scopes should fit the Alecto, it's just a case of fitting the mounts onto the top rail so that it fits OK. You could of course use a red dot sight and they're more compact than even the smallest scope.
    As there's a Weaver rail on the underside of the frame you could always fit a laser.

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    Troll Hunter
    07 Aug 2012 at 10:24 AM
  • can you tell me me which scope/s and mount/s will fit on the alecto? it is difficult to guess due to the short top rail. thanks

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    jimmyg
    07 Aug 2012 at 06:18 AM
  • If you live outside the UK mainland you may be able to own an Alecto producing 8 ft/lb. Unfortunately, if you live in the UK and have an air pistol that produces more than 6 ft/lb you are breaking the law!

    You are also liable to spend up to 5 years in prison for possessing it.

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    Troll Hunter
    17 May 2012 at 01:45 AM
  • I remember seeing the first Alecto on the Webley stand at the Midland Game Fair years ago and really liked the look of it. I've not shot one however, something I'll have to sort out soon I think!

    I've not heard of anyone making a silencer or silencer adaptor, but I'll make a few enquiries.

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    Troll Hunter
    03 May 2012 at 08:30 AM
  • Love this pistol.
    Did notice some muzzle flip on 2 and 3 pumps but soon overcame this by adopting a middle finger trigger style, whilst steadying the fore of the pistol with my index fingers.
    Unconventional but instant improved results.
    Just make sure to take your trigger finger all the way out of the guard after the shot so that the auto safety can flip back to the trigger.
    Pleeeease make a suppressor for this Webley!

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    Lee Wood
    02 May 2012 at 09:31 PM


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