3rd West Cork Brigade

A contributor has recently sent us some photos of weapons used by the Irish Republican Army, third West Cork Brigade. We thank you very much.  The pistol is a Webley and Scott Ltd London & Birmingham, 6.3 mm automatic pistol.

The machine gun is a Lewis, marked Animes Automatiques Lewis Belgium and Birmingham Co Ltd proof marks.

Many weapons used by the IRA  in west Cork were captured from Crown forces and it can be well assumed that these weapons were captured at some of the famous ambushes in that area. I have no further details so please don’t ask as these were sent in by sender unknown.


IRA weapons:

Lee Enfields, Mausers, Webleys,  Lewis and Vickers were all used, along with a multitude of shot guns, mills bombs (grenades) and numerous different types of pistols/revolvers. Some British writers would have you believe they used hatchets too, no comment.

We believe they are a great addition to the site and would only ask that more reader would send in photos, documents or any other information.

IRA Pistol

third West Cork Brigade Pistol

IRA pistol Webley & Scot

IRA Lewis Machine Gun

Irish republican Army MG

Irish republican Army MG

close up Irish republican Army MG LEWIS

close up Irish republican Army MG LEWIS

close up Irish republican Army MG LEWIS

mechanism close up Irish republican Army MG LEWIS

mechanism close up Irish republican Army MG LEWIS




We hope you enjoy the great photos and please send us your own photos, documents or other information to  info@theirishwar.com.

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  1. David McCormack May 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    wow what an amazing website you have! thought i was just chancing my arm googling “ira 1916 weaponry” but it was a great suprise coming across your website, whoever and where ever you are please keep up the great work it is very much appreciated.
    David McCormack
    Cork city

  2. admin May 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Hi David, thanks for the good words. Much of the site is due to people sending us e mails and pics, I say it again to everyone, if you have any information or pics please send them in, we would be delighted to publish them,

    Regards ,
    Garry. Cork.

  3. Pat Kennedy November 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Great Site, any info on the guns used by used by the IRA up in Wexford?
    Thank You

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