Original Item: Only One Available. An item from many years ago that we found in a recent IMA warehouse reorganization. Original WW2 British .303 cal Bren Mark 3 Light Machine Gun Parts Set with BATF approved Demilled Receiver as used by Paratroops. Developed in the closing years of WW2 this is a combination of both Mark 1 and Mark 2 Bren LMGs with a reduced barrel length (22") and receiver lightening. Manufactured and marked by Enfield and bears a 1944 date!
Fitted with special wood butt assembly and barrel specifically for the Mk3, this third Pattern provided ideal benefits to both Paratroopers and Armored Troops. Come complete with box magazine (where permissible). Offered in Very Good condition. This is an extremely hard or nearly impossible set to find, and we do not expect to have more after this!
The Bren Gun, usually called simply the Bren, was a series of light machine guns made by Britain in the 1930s and used in various roles until 1992. 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. Although fitted with a bipod, it could also be mounted on a tripod or vehicle-mounted.
The Bren was a licensed version of Czechoslovak light machine gun ZGB 33, which was a modified version of ZB vz. 26, which British Army officials had tested during a firearms service competition in the 1930s. The later Bren featured a distinctive top-mounted curved box magazine, conical flash hider and quick change barrel. The name Bren was derived from Brno, Moravia, the Czechoslovak city where the Zb vz. 26 was originally designed (in the Zbrojovka Brno Factory), and Enfield, site of the British Royal Small Arms Factory. The original and main designer was Václav Holek, a gun inventor and design engineer.
In the 1950s many Brens were rebarrelled to accept the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge and modified to feed from the magazine for the L1 (Commonwealth version of the FN FAL) rifle as the L4 light machine gun. It was replaced in the British Army 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 5.56×45mm NATO round, leaving the Bren in use only as a pintle mount on some vehicles.