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Object Title

Centrefire automatic light machine gun - Bren Mk.I

Centrefire automatic light machine gun - Bren Mk.I

Object Number

PR.6948

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005.

Physical Description

Two-tone barrel with bright, flared muzzle carring a protected foresight on an arm offset to the left of the bore. The barrel has a rotating handle with wood grip, and is retained by a latch in the front of the receiver. Adjustable gas port, with gas tube running underneath the barrel. A fixed-length, folding bipod with spiked feet is attached to the gas tube. Top-feed mechanism with sliding action cover. Magazine catch at the back end of the housing. Aperture backsight on an elevating drum on the left of the receiver, with the folding charging handle on the right side. Wood pistol grip with three-position change lever on the left side of the trigger unit. Wood buttstock with steel buttplate, and sling loop on the right side. The undersides of the forward part of the receiver and the buttstock have attachment points for fitting to a tripod, with rotating levers for locking.

Techniques

Machining, Bluing, Forging

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength25 in
BarrelLength635 mm
OverallLength45.5 in
OverallLength1156 mm
OverallWeight10.79 kg
OverallWeight23.79 lbs

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number B1048

Calibre

.303 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Model
BREN MK I
Right side of receiver
Engraved
Manufacturer
LITHGOW M.A. 1943
Right side of receiver
Stamped
Manufacturer's mark
MA
Various components
Stamped
Manufacturer
SLAZ 43
Right side of buttstock
Stamped
Image of Centrefire automatic light machine gun - Bren Mk.I Lithgow production.