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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 13:15 pm 
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Simple question plase - does have Mk.II bipod extended or static front leg?
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Smith, M. wrote:
does have Mk.II bipod extended or static front leg


All three types of Mk2 bipod (British, Canadian and Australian) have non-extendable legs. The Canadian Mk2 has a Mk1 top section and the same bipod feet as a Mk1. The Australian Mk2 has a Mk1 top section and spiked bipod feet. The British Mk2 is rather different as the top section is a one-piece casting and the bipod legs will fold independently and only down or backwards. (It also has spiked feet) Like the Mk1, the Canadian and Australian Mk2 bipod legs fold together and can go down, backwards or forwards.

In the unlikely event that the above isn't thoroughly confusing, you can see illustrations of the Mk1, Canadian Mk2 and British Mk2 bipods on this web page:

http://www.thegunner.net/brenrecg.htm

You can see illustrations of the Australian Mk2 bipod on this page:

http://weaponsonline.proboards.com/inde ... hread=1283

BTW. I believe the Canadian Mk2 bipod was re-designated the 'Mk3' bipod in British service. I don't know if the Australian Mk2 bipod was similarly re-designated.

I *think* the receiver type to bipod type is as follows:

Enfield MkI - Mk1 bipod
Enfield MkI(m) - Mk1 bipod
Enfield MkIII - Mk1 bipod
Monotype MkII - British Mk2 bipod
Inglis MkI - Mk1 bipod
Inglis MkI(m) - Mk1 or Canadian Mk2 bipod
Inglis MkII - Canadian Mk2 bipod
Lithgow MkI - Mk1 bipod
Lithgow MkI(m) - Mk1 or Australian Mk2 bipod

Hopefully someone will correct any errors.

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Cheers Mark and thanks for a lot of informations, but I am really not in my skin today and I meant "tripod", not bipod I wrote by mistake :-D
Sorry mate once more :oops: ..

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AFAIK there are three types:

MkI Tripod
- Has AA legs inside frame + a slot to use a Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII* rifle as an alternative AA leg. Early ones also had a pair of metal clips to store the MkI Bren butt-handle when the Bren was in ground fire use on the tripod.

MkII Tripod
- Simplified version: the AA leg, rifle slot and butt-handle clips have been omitted.

MkII* Tripod
- Same as above, but could be folded up for paratroop use.

Of the three, the MkI is the most common - but make sure if you're buying one that it has the AA legs with it as many are missing. Current UK prices seem to vary from £100-200.

Like the Bren itself, the Bren tripod is a lovely bit of Czechoslovakian engineering. :wink:

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Thans Mark,
golden Czechoslovak hands :D

Anyway, I have been told, there was a version of Mk.I* - wich still has the SMLE clip, but was not factory equippend with the AA leg.
Does this model really exist, or is it rubbish?
And is Mk.II* any post war model, or is it war time modification?

Thanks once more.
Martin

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I'm not sure I'm afraid. However, the following thread on the Bren forum has some information and pictures:

http://weaponsonline.proboards.com/inde ... thread=265

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Cheers Mark,
I'll dig through ;-)

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