Original British WWII Bren .303cal Inglis MkI Transitional Parts Set with Demilled Receiver - Dated 1941
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. The receiver on this gun has all of the characteristics of the MkI, except that the lightening cuts near the barrel lock were omitted. The double sight dovetail and other characteristics remain, indicating that this receiver was in production at the time of the switch to the Mark I/M standard.
This parts sets is also very interesting, given that it was manufactured by the private manufacturer John Inglis, Ltd, as opposed to one of the royal arms factories in England. As WWII loomed closer it became apparent that the British needed to have more arms manufacturing capability, and in particular in areas outside the UK. Canada however did not have any government arsenals capable of large scale production, which led to the Inglis company being contracted. This led to some controversy, as allegations were made regarding the selection process, and there were also issues with the patent holders for the Bren Gun. Originally, the agreement with Czechoslovenska Zbrojovka in BRNO had required that only government-owned arsenals could produce the Bren. However, these issues were quickly remedied, and production of the MkI Bren began at the Inglis factory in Toronto in 1940, only a short while before the Battle of Dunkirk. For More information please see "The Bren Gun Saga", pages 229-241
This parts set consists of
Demilled Inglis MkIM-marked Double Dovetail transitional Receiver with Mark 1 drum back sight assembly.
Live Mark 1M Inglis-Marked Barrel assembly with regulator.
Mark 1 adjustable bipod (extremely hard to find)
Mark 1 lower frame with original Mk1 Buttstock and butt plate. Shoulder rest has been removed but bracket remains.
All relevant internal parts as photographed, complete with early-style operating rod.
Comes with a standard Bren Box Magazine where permitted.
Now that LIVE barrels are no longer importable and with the recent introduction of an BATF approved semi-automatic Bren system, this may very well be your last opportunity to get a hold of one of these excellent WW2 parts sets.
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