The Bren Gun

The Bren Gun

The Bren (from Brno, the Czechoslovak city of design, and Enfield, site of the British Royal Small Arms Factory), usually called the Bren Gun, was a series of light machine guns adopted by Britain in the 1930s and used in various roles until 1991. While best known for its role as the British and Commonwealth forces' primary infantry light machine gun (LMG) in World War II, it was also used in the Korean War and saw service throughout the latter half of the 20th century, including the 1982 Falklands War and the 1991 Gulf War.

The Bren was a modified version of a Czechoslovak-designed light machine gun, the ZB vz. 26, which British Army officials had tested during a firearms service competition in the 1930s. The later Bren featured a distinctive curved box magazine, conical flash hider and quick change barrel. In the 1950s the Bren was rebarrelled to accept the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. Although fitted with a bipod, it could also be mounted on a tripod or vehicle-mounted.

The Bren was replaced as the section LMG by the L7 general purpose machine gun (GPMG), a heavier belt-fed weapon. This was in turn supplemented in the 1980s by the L86 Light Support Weapon firing the 5.56x45mm NATO round, leaving the Bren only in use on some vehicles.

As of November 2007, the Bren is still manufactured by Indian Ordnance Factories as the "Gun, Machine 7.62mm 1B".[1]

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7 years 7 weeks ago, 10:54 AM

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I always thought the MG pictured was called the Lewis gun, and so I just found out the Bren Gun is not the Lewis Gun, which had a horizontal drum magazine, and came in .303 and .30-06.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
7 years 7 weeks ago, 11:15 AM

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farting in silk...

7 years 7 weeks ago, 8:03 PM

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so I am well practiced!!

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7 years 7 weeks ago, 12:56 PM

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Bren

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Type Light machine gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1938-1958 (Until 1991 as L4)
Used by See Users
Wars World War II
Malayan Emergency
Korean War
Chinese Civil War
Suez Crisis
Falklands War,
Anti-guerrilla operations in Indonesia, Gulf war, Northern Ireland, Mau Mau Uprising,
1948 Arab-Israeli War, Sino-Indian War, Indo-Pakistan Wars
Production history
Designed 1935
Manufacturer Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield,
John Inglis and Company, Long Branch Factory, Ishapore and Lithgow Small Arms Factory.
Produced 1935-1971
Variants Mk I, II, III, IV, L4
Specifications
Weight 22.83 lb (10.35 kg)
Length 42.9 in (1,156 mm), Mk IV
Barrel length 25 in (635 mm)
Crew 2, firer and magazine/barrel changer
Cartridge .303 British
7.92x57mm Mauser (for Republic of China in World War II)
7.62x51mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, tilting bolt
Rate of fire 500–520 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 2440 ft/s (743.7 m/s)
Effective range 600 yd (550 m)
Maximum range 1850 yd
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine, 100-round detachable pan magazine

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