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    The wire cutters were very capable and on yours,...

    The wire cutters were very capable and on yours, the 'cutter' was replaceable. In fact, the cutter was a commercially available tri-corner lathe tool insert. Alas......, the saw was a bit of a...
  2. It is the 'parachute troops' part of this that...

    It is the 'parachute troops' part of this that puzzles me a tad. Rifles are container loaded and if a No4 rifle would fit neatly into a container, then, er........., so would a No5 rifle! So the...
  3. We had a butt for one of these with the rounded...

    We had a butt for one of these with the rounded alloy abutment feature at Warminster. But the fixture was wood - similar to the original butt. The back end was exactly as per Paul's photo. Alas,...
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    Malaya/Malaysia was a strange scenario when I was...

    Malaya/Malaysia was a strange scenario when I was there in the 60's. The Malayan government called it Malaysia, supposedly to encompass the whole of Malaya, Sarawak and Borneo - or whatever, to...
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    We had the predecessor, the Bristol Belvedere -...

    We had the predecessor, the Bristol Belvedere - or Bedeviller - in Malaya. Nobody ever wanted to move in one because they all carried their own fuel supply, in 44 gallon drums strapped in the...
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    For Sale: Mk5 Sten wooden butt

    Last opportunity..... I have got two brand new wood Mk5 Sten butts £30 each. Will fit bracket, sling swivel and butt plate for UK buyer as a degree of hand fitting is required on these things
  7. It's a '44 pattern belt along with the other...

    It's a '44 pattern belt along with the other webbing we had at the time. Studded ammo boots too..... JUST pre-higher combat boots. Grey or khaki woolen socks (best for your feet) rolled over tops of...
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    I did a fully skeletonised L9 pistol for the SASC...

    I did a fully skeletonised L9 pistol for the SASC at Warminster using the machinery in the old Bedford machinery truck. It replaced an old hotch-potch thing that never worked properly and was...
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    Yep, the L2A1 it is. Not quite as good as the...

    Yep, the L2A1 it is. Not quite as good as the trusty Bren - or the 7,62mm L4. Malaya was wholly an L4 theatre but SVn was L2 territory.
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    All shortie Sterling magazines were converted...

    All shortie Sterling magazines were converted from fuill-length magazines. It was a simple insert and a saw blade came down and chopped the unwanted part off. Then the usual tool used to spay the...
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    One of the equipment repairers told me once that...

    One of the equipment repairers told me once that when inserting rivets into webbing while repairing it, it was MOST important NOT to cut through the webbing. Once you cut the webbing, you have...
  12. Changed for simplicity and ease of manufacture. ...

    Changed for simplicity and ease of manufacture. Originally made so that the butt would only fit one way - the correct way! But quite soon it was realised that only a clown would fit the butt upside...
  13. Spoke to JE this morning re this and he said that...

    Spoke to JE this morning re this and he said that the 'classified scrap' in the form of Sterling type SMG parts purchased from Donnington and used by Sterling was pretty-well limited to rear sigh...
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    Simplicity itself. Get a No8 firing pin, remove...

    Simplicity itself. Get a No8 firing pin, remove the firing pin part and insert an extended firing pin to suit the No7 extended bolt. Silver solder in place and that's it.

    When the RAF Cadets...
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    The ejector doesn't strike the cartridge cap. It...

    The ejector doesn't strike the cartridge cap. It strikes and deforms the cartridge case JUST above the primer pocket. This is just sufficient to firmly hold the primer in place during the harsh...
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    The points that you have asked about, the cam...

    The points that you have asked about, the cam loaded barrel nut locking plunger v the mag cover plus the ramp to tighten up the extractor have all bee explained in articles regarding the Bren on...
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    I've done a couple as I recall, under a bit of...

    I've done a couple as I recall, under a bit of pressure as I recall. They are strippable but if you need a part, it's make and mend. As for the optical train it's a bit like the REL Mk1's............
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    Pedantic again. The bottom illiustration is not...

    Pedantic again. The bottom illiustration is not quite correct in reality because you could not have a breech block forward and fully locked and an unfired round in the chamber. In the same was that...
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    That was for the later L17 (?) sight as I recall.

    That was for the later L17 (?) sight as I recall.
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    I would say that while your drawing is good, it...

    I would say that while your drawing is good, it shows a much later, say E serial number prefix onwards Mk1 A Bren. This was a much simplified gun. The progression from true Mk1 to Mk1A took place...
  21. Blimey..... I've been dealing with the various ...

    Blimey..... I've been dealing with the various mark types of No4 rifles since I was an apprentice, starting in 1963 when large parts of the Army were still equipped with them. And I STILL don't...
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    Might I politely suggest that before you or...

    Might I politely suggest that before you or anyone starts to re-write the No9 story that that they take into account a saying that I learned many years ago. If it LOOKS like a duck and WALKS like a...
  23. Valid point of course re curvature gauge that I...

    Valid point of course re curvature gauge that I mentioned but I was trying to keep it simple.

    I would have to admit that the quality of work on some of the L1A1's that I have seen simply beggars...
  24. Ignore reference to a torch - I will try to use a...

    Ignore reference to a torch - I will try to use a laser for simplicity.

    Time to yawn now and nod off for a few minutes........
    But back to ocular lenses. You'd think that with modern plastics,...
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    You have got mismatched ocular lenses. There is...

    You have got mismatched ocular lenses. There is more to it than that of course but it is all to do with convergence. But as soon as I read that it is a fake No32, from my limited experience with...
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