History: The Bren gun began most directly as the Czech vz.27 in
the 1930s. (Incidentally, the Czech's were one of the largest
land warfare arms suppliers prior to WWII. A nice prize for Herr
Hitler.) 'Bren' is a combination of Brno - the Czechoslovakian
city of development, and Enfield Lock - the English manufacturer.
The most widely used models in WWII were the MkI and MkII. Above
is a MkI aluminum tipped barrel on a MkII. The MkI can be
distinguished by the pistol grip under the shoulder shock and a large
knob to the left of the rear sight. These relatively unnecessary
features were deleted on the MkII. Though a slower rate of fire
and smaller magazine than the German MG34 or '42 it was used tactically
on the level of the BAR or FG42. A great recoil mechanism with
long travel through a decently machined receiver made recoil
forces low and accuracy above average. The Bren L4A2 chambered
for NATO 7.62 is still in service today.
page last modified 22Jul'06
(A Bren Mk II with my favorite Bren
MkI aluminum barrel.)
|Country of Origin:
|Great Britain (Czechoslovakia)
|30 round box magazine, 28 usually loaded for
ease of the spring.
|Rate of Fire:
|3300' (1000m) +
no longer offer dummy
guns due to the rising cost of Bren parts kits, lack of reasonably
and that it takes over a week's
labor to do a good job on one. I have sold off all of my excess
parts. Thanks for the interest!
Finally, here is a new photos of
one I have built (dummy gun of
course!)... the old looking parts are the ones I use in my shop
for fitting purposes. The kit parts are usually very nice!