The Bren, usually called the Bren Gun, was a series of light machine guns adopted by Britain in the 1930s and used in various roles until 1991. While best known for its role as the British and Commonwealth forces’ primary infantry light machine gun (LMG) in World War II, it was also used in the Korean War and saw service throughout the latter half of the 20th century, including the 1982 Falklands War and the 1991 Gulf War. Although fitted with a bipod, it could also be mounted on a tripod or vehicle-mounted.
The Bren was a modified version of a Czechoslovak-designed light machine gun, the ZB vz. 26, which British Army officials had tested during a firearms service competition in the 1930s. The later Bren featured a distinctive curved box magazine, conical flash hider and quick change barrel. The name Bren was derived from Brno, the Czechoslovak city where the Zb vz. 26 was originally designed, and Enfield, site of the British Royal Small Arms Factory).
In the 1950s the Bren was rebarrelled to accept the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. It was replaced in the British Army as the section LMG by the L7 general purpose machine gun (GPMG), a heavier belt-fed weapon. This was in turn supplemented in the 1980s by the L86 Light Support Weapon firing the 5.56x45mm NATO round, leaving the Bren in use only as a pintle mount on some vehicles.
As of November 2007, the Bren is still manufactured by Indian Ordnance Factories as the “Gun, Machine 7.62mm 1B”.
These rifles look and feel just the like the original but will function only in a semi automatic operation.Â Many were originally built in the Inglis factory in Canada with a few British kits as well, we have re-manufactured these using the torched-up parts set that we’re all used to seeing. As well we utilize a new butt stock and pistol grip in our builds that help make our semi auto Brens 922r compliant even using original magazines!
Each of these beautifully redone firearms comes fully assembled, test-fired, with one proven to the gun magazine, and a wooden crate for transport.Â We currently are selling complete guns and builds on gunbroker. We also offer other custom build options on The MkI, MkII, MkIII variants!Â We have a limited number of these guns built and in stock so let us know how we can make your day!Â A design that has been proven for a 61 year track record, and can still be found in service in some countries even today.