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    Bren Test Fire 1940

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    Tester fires Bren during a series of test before shipment to front lines; Canadaicon, 1940




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    Peter in his back shop on a Sunday afternoon...
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    Quite the test firing rig, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by painter777 View Post
    test firing rig
    I remember as a kid in the army, there was a machine rest that was even more substantial sitting in our outdoor 25 yd range... I examined it of course, handwheels and solid construction. It had been set in place because it probably weighed 500 lbs...
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    That is what we call 'the Enfield layer' or rest I had a spare one at Warminster and knew of the remains at another place. Someone wanted some of the major parts for one - in Canadaicon!!!!! Like BAR says, made of solid cast brass and weighed in at about 500lbs! It accurately replicated the actual recoil effect as a constant every time so it was good when testing batches against each other. It could be set to different recoil strengths and each No32 was tested for 'fastness' on a slave rifle fired from the layer, with the recoil set to hard. If the No32 scope passed that, it was good to go. Maybe that's a question you ought to ask your local repairer....... 'has my repaired telescope been shock tested for fastness'. Maybe he has a similar device in his out house.

    Maybe the firer in the photo is just about to slip his ear defenders on but I can't seem to see them handy.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    Maybe the firer in the photo is just about to slip his ear defenders on but I can't seem to see them handy.
    Maybe he's just deaf as a post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    'the Enfield layer' or rest I had a spare one at Warminster and knew of the remains at another place.
    I think LERA has one

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    Something like this perchance or heavier?
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