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Advice on bren, is it right?

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    Default Advice on bren, is it right?

    Hello all,

    I have only just registered on the site and this is my first post so be gentle with me if I make a pigs ear of it .

    I have been given some money and I am looking to buy the classic Bren. I am not to bothered by model etc but would like it to be ww2.

    I am currently looking at this Inglis 1943 Mk1m.

    I am no expert and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

    Cheers
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    Welcome to the board, I hope you find all the advice you will receive here of use.

    The Bren is a fine LMG and the right gun is a good investment. I split the Brens into two groups, original spec and mixed bags, collectors tend to prefer original spec and ideally would rather have a matching numbers gun. Military vehicle enthusiasts prefer the mixed bag Brens as they tend to be a little cheaper and don't mind if they look well used.

    The Bren in your photos has a reasonable spec, the butt is the Mk2 which is a later replacement but the lower is a Mk1m but as the finish is different to the body I suspect its non matching. The barrel is either a 1941 inglis Mk1m or more likely a Enfield made Mk1 and is also missing the sight protectors (12 ish on ebay). The bipod is also correct being the Mk1 adjustable but it has been pinned/welded/brazed into the up position and the catches removed, this is typical of Indian, South African and New Zealand DP guns.

    ATB, Chris.

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    Many thanks Chris,

    The INGLIS stamp looked a bit funny to me. Gun being offered at 485.

    Not sure how this compares.

    Tom

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    I'm not expert in Bren, 3 years ago, I saw the guard in Katmandhou, using them. I asked to the sergent if he liked this weapon, no answer! They don't like questions on weapons.

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    Quote by Grumpygardener View Post
    Many thanks Chris,

    The INGLIS stamp looked a bit funny to me. Gun being offered at 485.

    Not sure how this compares.

    Tom
    Price is OK ish but I suspect you may find one with a Mk1 stock for similar money. The Inglis marking is a little crude but it was applied using a pantograph and the brass copy used often wore out.

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    Hi grumpy,
    I have taken a shot of the marking on my Inglis they are a good buy mine is a mk 1, makes a great addition top the collection.
    Dave.
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