British Bren LMG Mk 1 Parts Set- Super Rare Early Mk I Receiver (ED Logo Marked)
Original Item: The British Expeditionary Force was evacuated from Dunkirk in late May and early June 1940 under severe pressure from the German Wehrmacht. They left most of their equipment, including the new Bren Gun, behind on the beaches; so that virtually all Brens in existence now are of post-Dunkirk manufacture. Not only that, but at the beginning of July, a directive was executed indicating that a number of time-saving changes were to be made in the design, and these resulted in the Mark I Modified (Mk I/M) on August 21 and the Mark II right after on September 4. In other words, the Mk I essentially ceased to exist right after Dunkirk, and much of what had been manufactured before Dunkirk was lost, making the Mk I receiver a genuine rarity.
IMA has obtained a very small number of original Mk I receivers dated 1940 and has made them into parts sets. The Mk I is distinguished in several ways from all later receivers: the left side of the receiver has TWO vertical dovetail slots. The rear slot is for the drum sight, while the front slot is for an indirect-fire dial sight. The right side features a prominent reinforcing rib at the rear of the magazine well; the top front of the well has two oval lightening dimples. These features were abandoned to simplify and speed manufacture. Lastly, the gas cylinder section of the receiver has complex lightening cuts, and the gas shield has a concave groove on the front to control exhaust gas direction.
IMA is aware of two versions- The earlier version has ENFIELD spelled out above a large crown. On offer here- is the slightly later version marked with the Enfield logo consisting of a combined E and D.
The parts sets come with the correct Mk I barrel and the correct Mk I buttstock and butt slide assembly. (The buttplate does not have the folding shoulder plate.) It also includes all the normal internal parts, a Mk I bipod (these are now very hard to find) and a magazine.
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