BREN Gun

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  1. Combat Diver

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    Had this brought into the shop today for an inspection. RSAF BREN Mk II in .303 made in 1942. Just missing the buttplate and is broken down sitting in the solvent tank at the moment. Hopefully will test fire tomorrow with some 1942 dated MkVII ammo. The BREN gun is a British version of the Czech vz26 light machine gun. Gun is capable of semi/full auto firing and has a 4 position gas regulator. Normal cyclic rate is about 500 rpm using a 30 rd magazine. Post WWII models were in 7.62mm and used FAL mags.

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  2. Tim

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    Sweet!

    Where does stuff like this go when you’re done fixing them up?
     
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    You’re taking on some interesting projects, but I gotta ask what anyone is gonna do with this? It’ll never get back into the US and you’re not fixing it up to return to the locals. Fix it, shoot it, destroy it?
     
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    Makes me think of this.

     
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    He could get it to Bragg if he wanted, but locals are using guns that are 100 years old....
     
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    That BREN looks like it was tied to the bumper and dragged to you for 50 years through sand storms.
     
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    And like many a Bren before it will work with a bit of care and continue to do so for many more years.

    I've always loved the Bren after my dad got me a 50% scale replica/toy as a kid.
     
  8. Combat Diver

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    Status on the gun will be put on display here on the FOB till we leave. After that more that likely giving to the ANA. I'll be here till Dec 2020 that's when I'll plan on hanging it up for good. First time I've ever taken one apart, time to put it back together now.........

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    Excellent, thanks for sharing CD
     
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    Any change you can post a video of the test fire?
     
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    Intend too, stay tuned :)

    CD
     
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    You beat me to it
     
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    Reassembled, repaired stock, and now my biggest rattle can paint job.

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    You need one of these to go with. Back in the day we called them Bren Gun Carriers but I guess officially they are Universal or Mortar Carriers.
     
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    That I do however I did find one of the Carriers out in the Kuwaiti desert in 94' sitting out there with all of Saddams destroyed armor.

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    As my Father family came out of Canada I want to thank you for finding my long lost cousin, Bren.

    I have not seen him in years. Please send him home to my home so I can share Christmas with long lost family.

    He can live in my extra bed room.
     
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    Nice work CD! Load your magazine to 28 rounds. Love the Bren but not left handed shooter friendly. If you get a stoppage, thump the magazine and work the bolt twice (so I was told by a squaddie once upon a time).

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    Sweet! Let us know how it shoots.
     
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    Had two case separations using the 1942 KF ammo.



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    ^^^Damn that is cool^^^
     
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    So cool! KF is India made ammo. I'm surprised it all fired at all. Wonder if the Bren came via Pakistan?
     
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    Both rounds KF dated 1942 MkVII ammo. Case on left was the one that separated first and then left separated and that case jammed into other neck piece. Scratches on left case was from when I removed it. What was amazing that the gun still fired after the first separation.

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    I've seen a fair number of old military rounds do this, corroded on the inside or the brass has gotten brittle. Even had it happen with a LC69 round which was a real surprise.

    You haven't lived until you've had a base separation through the extractor groove and into the primer pocket. I've seen it with Austrian (OJP) and Korean (PS) .30-06 as well as French M2 ball. It happened to me with a Yugo 54 dated 8mm round. Fortunately it didn't badly damage the FN49 I was shooting.
     
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    Hearing that an FN49 wasn't damaged makes me thank God that he created Belgians to make firearms and beer.
     
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    When the case let go it turned the next round in the magazine 90 degrees point down which penetrated the bottom of the magazine case. Other than a pinpoint hole through the metal, no other damage occurred which is incredible.

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    What a sweet shooting piece of history!
     
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    I especially like the blue tape on the carry handle.
     
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    Very cool. Thanks for sharing that work, CD. Makes me appreciate me FAL more 'n more...
     
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    Thanks for sharing! I love historic firearms.
     
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    Very cool CD.
     
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    That thing has the most straight up & down pistol grip I've ever seen, even on pistols.

    And I understand all the other tools, but an electrical meter? Checking for continuity between the barrel and receiver? :D
     
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    Question, can you torch cut the rec and bring the Bren gun in as parts?
     
  35. Combat Diver

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    Multimeter is used to check the batteries for the 7.62mm Miniguns as they are electrical driven and mechanically fired. That's my primary system I work on.

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    Generally no because I fly home commercial. Military guys can as they have the cargo space and lots of guns.

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    I think you would have to torch cut the barrel also.