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    Inglis MkI Bren dated 1941. How Rare?

    I guess that about says it, but anyone have any comments on the rarity of a 1941 Inglis MkI Bren?

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    This info is based on personal observations and info passed to me by other owners.
    1941 Mk1 DD, M1650 to M4000 approx.........Total 2350 approx.
    1941 Mk1 DD intermediate M4000 to M5000 aprox......Total 1000 approx
    1941 Mk1m M5000 to N7000 approx......Total 12,000 approx.

    the 1940 Inglis Mk1 are much scarcer.

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    Any one got the first Inglis Brengun made on 23rd March 1940? Only tend to find 1943 MK1M and 1943 (onwards) MKII Inglis Brens on the UKicon D/A market, Worldwide Arms had a poor condition Dovetail Bren on sale at Military Odessy last year £495.

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    Not sure about M1 but there are a number of M1xx low numbers around in the UKicon and a number in the USAicon and Canadaicon.

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    A friend has an Inglis Bren in the two digit serial range, I think it was M90 or something like that...I could confirm. I am not as lucky....my lowest is only M155.

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    M1icon came to Britainicon for evaluation and to test the interchangeability of component parts and Canadianicon production methods. So there's a real chance that it was scxrapped without thought or ceremony

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    Peter, do you know if the first Enfield Bren which had the wording BREN GUN Mk1 rather than BREN Mk1 was a pre production sample or did it have a serial number of A1?

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    That unnumbered gun was a pre production sample. Now for the shaggy-dog part of the answer.......... Several of these were left unnumbered so that there were no royalties payable. The first 400 after that, starting A1 onwards were used to test the service use and after a few months of use, many of those were sent to Weedon where the last modifications were instituted, such as removing the useless pistol grip oil bottle facility and modifying the butt slide catch (that allowed the butt slide to slide closed in the AA role and cause a major big-time jamb). At the same time, an Ordnance Warrant Officer Armourer named Bissenger evaluated the spares stockholding requirement for the guns in service. It's a shame that he didn't think about making gas cylinders and locking shoulders available too. If he had done so then, it would have saved the gun from its pixx-poor initial reputation

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