BACKGROUND: The Czechoslovakian ZB [model 19-] 26 light machine gun, manufactured at the State Armament Works in Brno, was adopted, with modifications, by the British army in 1932, as a replacement for the Lewis gun which had been in service since 1915. Among the changes were its re-chambering for .303 cartridges, a different configuration of the butt, and a shorter barrel with its cooling fins removed. Designed to be the main firepower of an infantry section, it was capable of being operated by one man and had a rate of fire of 500 rounds a minute on full automatic. The normal rate of fire, however, was four or five bursts a minute from its 30-round magazine. Its effective range was 500 yards. The first gun was assembled, at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, in 1937, and called the "Bren," a contraction of "Brno" and "Enfield." Although Enfield was the only producer in England, the John Inglis Co. Plant in Toronto, Canada, was contracted to manufacture them in 1938, and began mass-production in 1940. The Mark 2 was introduced in 1941, the Mark 3 in 1943 and the Mark 4 in 1944.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Khaki, canvas, web construction. Carrier measures 74cm x 18cm. Four separate pouches for spare parts sewn to the front. Sewn on, adjustable, should strap and canvas carrying handle all in webbing. "Broad-arrow" and maker marked "D.R.M. Ltd 1944". Shows normal period age.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $119.00

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