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 Post subject: Question on the Bren
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 15:52 pm 
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After looking over Shauns bren at the weekend at East Fortune we've noticed a little loop on the bipod sleeve just above the bipod swivel, no ones got any idea what its for. Someone mentioned it being an attachment for a bren bayonet as they'd heard that from a vet. But... this cannon be as the Gas shield on the body prevents anything being attached. Have heard of the Japs with bayo's on theirs... but not a Brit ane.

Also... Bi-pods.... is the Mk.1 pod have a spring catch on each leg? As this one just has solid legs.

The Butt has the attachments for a butt handle however my manual shows no images with the handle attached so is it actually needed?

will probs have more questions as I tinker away with it.

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Stuart.Noble wrote:
After looking over Shauns bren at the weekend at East Fortune we've noticed a little loop on the bipod sleeve just above the bipod swivel, no ones got any idea what its for. Someone mentioned it being an attachment for a bren bayonet as they'd heard that from a vet. But... this cannon be as the Gas shield on the body prevents anything being attached. Have heard of the Japs with bayo's on theirs... but not a Brit ane.

Also... Bi-pods.... is the Mk.1 pod have a spring catch on each leg? As this one just has solid legs.

The Butt has the attachments for a butt handle however my manual shows no images with the handle attached so is it actually needed?

will probs have more questions as I tinker away with it.


The second loop is a stop, to prevent the gun rotating to far to the left. (The L4 did away with this) The gun wouldnt rotate to far to the right due to the way the bipod sleeve fits to the gas cylinder. I think it had a hole in it simply as another fixing point for the sling. the mark 2 bipod had a spur instead.

It sounds like it has the Inglis (Canadian) mk3 type bipod, which is a mk1 bipod with fixed legs.

The butt handle fixings are there also for the Tripod T & E mount. The handle was dispenced with in 1940-41 as it was a luxury and of no functional use.


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Knew youd have the info mate... cheers.

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I got the impression that most Mk I bipods were changed to the later ones. Certainly, it would appear that the fixed leg type are more common on deacs doing the rounds.

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Tartan_Smudger wrote:
I got the impression that most Mk I bipods were changed to the later ones. Certainly, it would appear that the fixed leg type are more common on deacs doing the rounds.
A case of chopping & changing whenever Guns were refurbished Tony?

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Yep, alot of spares came from John Inglis during the war. Also, I would think about 80% of deac Brens in the UK are made from spares. Only the Lithgow FTR'd guns appear to have matching numbers. The UK Brens mainly come from one dealer down Devon way, who sells onto the trade (Dosn't do retail). The dealers basicly by a load of spares of everything and then make up guns.


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