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Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:28 PM

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Enfield Bren Mark I Light Machine Gun (Image courtesy Balder)

This is a rudimentary beginning for this page, but you have to start somewhere!

The intent of this page is to serve as a repository for useful information on the Bren Light Machine Gun, including frequently asked questions, accessories for the Bren, and technical information. It will probably take more than a year to accumulate sufficient information to become a known authority on the subject, but that is my eventual goal. The content will also be focused from the U.S. NFA firearms perspective, for owners and enthusiasts of legal, live NFA firearms in the U.S. All NFA Rule Apply!

If you have information you would like me to include, please contact me at dalbert@sturmgewehr.com, and I will consider your material for inclusion. I want this to be a collaborative effort, with a lot of input from board members. If your information or image(s) are used, your name will be credited.

The page will be organized as follows:

1. Bren Light Machine Gun Frequently Asked Questions
2. Bren Accessories
3. Bren Helpful Hints and Technical Information

Bren Light Machine Gun Frequently Asked Questions

1. Bren Light Machine Gun Models

Bren Mark I


Bren Mark I Light Machine Gun

Bren Mark II


Bren Mark II Light Machine Gun

Bren Mark III


Bren Mark III Light Machine Gun (Image Courtesy Balder)

L4 Bren (7.62mm)


L4 Bren Light Machine Gun (Image Courtesy Balder)

2. Bren History

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3. Articles on the Bren

The following magazine articles were written specifically about the Bren Machine Gun, or featured significant Bren content.

1. Guns Review, May 1990: "Czechoslovakia's Best Selling Gun," by Jiri Fencl

2. Machine Gun News, November 1995: "Czech Light Machine Gun," by Folke Myrvang

3. Strelecky Magazin, October 1999: "Bulharsky Bren," by David Pazdera

4. WWII Ordnance Illustrated, Summer 2009: "Th Bren Light Machine Gun: Lightweight Firepower for Commonwealth Troops" by Tom Lamlein

4. Books on the Bren

The following books are written specifically about the Bren Light Machine Gun:

The Bren Gun Saga, by Thomas B. Dugelby, Collector Grade Publications, 1986, 261 pages

The Bren Gun Saga, Revised & Expanded Edition, by Thomas B. Dugelby, Collector Grade Publications, 1999, 382 pages


Original Edition (Left) and Revised & Expanded Edition (Right) of "The Bren Gun Saga," by Thomas B. Dugelby
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The following book contains good information on the Bren, in addition to other firearms:

Weapons of the WWII Tommy, by David B. Gordon, Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Inc., 2004

Bren Accessories

1. Bren Manuals

The Bren Light Machine Gun saw service throughout the British Commonwealth. Many manuals for the Bren were published to aid in maintenance and operation, including commercially available manuals for the British Home Guard.

British Home Guard Bren Manual, Published by Gale & Polden Ltd. in Aldershot:

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British Home Guard Bren Manual, Published by Gale & Polden Ltd. in Aldershot (2nd Version):

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Australian Home Guard Bren Manual, Published by Robertson & Mullens Ltd. in Melbourne:

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Know Your Weapons No. 5, Sten and Bren Guns, by Nicholson and Watson:

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Manual of Modern Automatic Guns, by Bernards Publishers Ltd.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4, Light Machine Gun, 1939 (Red Lettering):

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4, Light Machine Gun, 1939 (Black Lettering):

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4, Light Machine Gun, 1939 (Canada):

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4, Light Machine Gun, 1942:

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Norwegian Bren LMG Manual, 1943:

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Infantry Training, Volume I, Infantry Platoon Weapons Pamphlet No. 6, The Light Machine Gun (All Arms), 1948

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Infantry Training, Volume II, Skill At Arms (Personal Weapons), Pamphlet No.8, Part 2, Light Machine Gun (All Arms), 1978

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2. Bren Web Gear

Bren "Holdall" Bag:

The Bren Holdall bag was used for carrying a spare barrel, breech block, assorted other spare parts, a cleaning kit, and oil bottle. This particular specimen is dated 1952.


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3. Bren Gun Carrier

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4. Bren Tripod



5. Bren Mounts

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6. Bren Chests

A Bren LMG 18-Barrel Chest, new old stock with all 18 barrels in cosmolene:




An Australian Military Forces Packing Note for the Bren Barrel Chest, dated January 25, 1957:

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7. Other Bren Accessories

Canadian Army Bren LMG and No. 4 Rifle Representative Target (1942):

This is a curious item from my collection. It is a Canadian 4-foot representative target that is intended for use in training with the No. 4 Rifle, and the Bren LMG. I'm seeking further information about its use, and believe that information can be found in appendices (supplements) C, D, and E of CAMT 7-40, which is a Canadian military manual.

"Mk VII" on the board sent me the following information about the Bren Representative Target:

These are made for use on 25-yd no-danger-space ranges and are supposed to be the same proportions as the full-size one would be at the full distance. Because the Bren sights are offset from the bore line one can expect the shots from a properly zeroed gun to impact in the false scoring circle at this short range. Other targets of this type exist and I recall seeing them in the target cupboard on the rimfire range at school.


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Bren LMG Helpful Hints

1. Disassembly and Assembly

Information about disassembly and assembly will be added soon.

2. Exploded Parts Diagrams

















Bren Mark I Parts Diagram:



Bren Mark II Parts Diagram:



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