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Bren Gun Identification

Article about: I thought it might be usefull, to post some pictures and information on the different marks of Bren gun and the spare barrel holder and spares wallet. This first gun is a 1938 Mk1.It has the

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    Its not my knowledge, its just stuff I've learnt from people like Peter Laidler and Kev Groom, they are the real Bren gurus. I have very little knowledge of my own to give, I'm finding out new info from serial number, i.e. variations and numbers of. But thats about it.

    I have very recently discovered somthing that has never been published before about the STEN gun. Its really trivial but to a STEN collector its another bit of info. that is that the STEN Mk1 Butt (Butt STEN No2. Mk1) was produced by Unique and Unitly cycle (Marked U&U), They then went on to produce the STEN Mk2 and Mk3 Butt (Butt STEN No2. Mk2). Previously it has never been record (AFAIK) that U&U produced the No.2 Mk1 butt, and they must have been making them along side the No.2 Mk2 butt as I recently sold an example of a No.2 Mk1 butt with the U&U logo and I have an example of a No.2 Mk1 butt, also with the U&U logo. The latter butt used the Mk1 abutment plate (a Casting), modified by grinding off the bottom tube lug. Now I know some will say that they probably just used up existing stock of Mk1 parts, but I also have a Mk1 butt which has the wartime code M255 which was used to replace the U&U logo, later in the war, so the butts were produced along side each other, along with guns.

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    Do you have a collection of Stens ?? Thats next on my list !

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    Quote by Totenhead View Post
    Do you have a collection of Stens ?? Thats next on my list !

    A small collection, but I'm slowly expanding it, its nothing like the Bren collection. I've a STEN MkI (Genuine, not one of the repro deacts), a Finnish converted Fazackerly MkII, 2 standard Fazackerly MkII, a MkIII, a Theale MkV and a Long Branch Mk2 converted in China to fire the 7.62mm Tokerev cartridge.

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    Quote by m3bobby View Post
    A small collection, but I'm slowly expanding it, its nothing like the Bren collection. I've a STEN MkI (Genuine, not one of the repro deacts), a Finnish converted Fazackerly MkII, 2 standard Fazackerly MkII, a MkIII, a Theale MkV and a Long Branch Mk2 converted in China to fire the 7.62mm Tokerev cartridge.
    Nice one Mr Bobby !! whats your name by the way ! lol

    maybe start thread so we can have a look, i am very interested in them !

    Cheers
    Martin

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    Quote by Dutchie View Post
    That's mostly why I posted on here. I don't know what make my tri pod is. I was hopping for CCM as my BREN is a Inglis 1943 built in Toronto.
    What you need to do is remove any paint around the AA leg fitting area, from what I have seen, this area was left in the white or had a chemical finish to maintain the close fitting of the AA leg/SMLE. They were then oiled which helped with the fitting/removal of the AA/SMLE.

    This 1938 BSA Mk1 tripod was buried in 1940 and recovered in the 1990s, it hasn't done so badly after 50 years in soil/sand.


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    What an excellent thread - fantastic Bren and Bren tripod reference.

    So cool to see the 100 round mag in place.
    (Are these deacts or NFA guns?)

    M3hobby - please do post a Sten pic thread, would love to see your collection.

    I have been collecting reference pics/photos of the Lafette being used - glad to see I am not the only person who has this affliction in some form or another.

    I have the Zb26t with waffen marks - will add a Bren someday - I had a ZB30 Kit Turkish markings but traded it for a really nice Ac P38.
    This series is a marvelous looking and historic example of weaponry.
    The first MG I shot was the L4A1 - many, many years and miles ago.

    Really nice stuff guys, thank you,

    Pit.

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    Another Tripod Pic

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    Armourers of No. 3201 Servicing Commando work from improvised cover by the perimeter track at Comiso, Sicily.

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