Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 532: Mark I Bren Machine Gun

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Inglis/Xploraco Mark I Bren Gun, Class III/NFA Fully Transferable Machine Gun in Rare 7.92mm with Extra Barrel and Magazines

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000

Inglis/Xploraco Mark I Bren Gun, Class III/NFA Fully Transferable Machine Gun in Rare 7.92mm with Extra Barrel and Magazines

Manufacturer: Xploraco
Model: Bren Mk I
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 7.92 mm
Barrel: 25 inch round
Finish: matte gray
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 1674
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 362
Class: Class III
Description:

Introduced in 1939, the Bren Gun was Great Britain's go-to light machine gun through World War II. A licensed copy of the Czech ZGB33 (itself a variant of the ZB vz.26 machine gun), the Bren (named for Brno (BR), the city of origin for the vz.26 and Enfield (EN), home of the Royal Small Arms Factory) was lighter than the Lewis gun used for World War One while also permitting rapid barrel changes. Well regarded in the field, the Bren continued in use with Great Britain for decades after V-E Day, being deployed as late as the First Gulf War. Per notes from the consignor, this example was "regenerated" by Xploraco of Houston, Texas. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, both left offset to clear the magazine, with matching numbers on the barrel, quick-release latch and the top of the receiver. The three-position selector switch is marked "20" (full), "0" (safe) and "1" (semi-automatic), with the right side marked "7.92 BREN Mk I" over the Xploraco address. A swiveling carry handle is mounted to the barrel, with a folding bipod at the front of the receiver, smooth pistol grip stock and a straight buttstock with a metal buttplate. Included with the Bren is a spare barrel in a green canvas case, and a stamped metal magazine box with a full load of 10 extra magazines.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as refinished, with 98% of the refinished arsenal quality matte gray phosphate finish, showing some light wear and handling marks overall. The furniture is also in very fine condition, with a few light dings and scuffs. The installed barrel is renumbered to match the receiver, the extra barrel has turned a plum tone, and the accessories are in fine order overall. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.



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