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    Bren MKI humpback wood stock

    Looking for one and wondering where the heck all the original or if reproductions were made where they went. D&B has what looks like a nice set but shipping across the pond is not cheap.

    How many MKI Bren's ended up with transition wood like the MKII or the non-hump back stock?

    I am collecting parts for a future build and picked up a double dovetail center section from BRP.

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    Finding the rear section for the MkI is going to be very hard for you that is not very badly troch cut and buildable . I also purchased a BRP center section MkI double dove tail and I had to look for a very long time to find the rear section to go with the BRP receiver.
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    There is a lot of photographic evidence to show later production Mk1 Brens with Mk1 butts fitted from new. The Mk1 butt was declared obsolescent at some date unknown, probably when Enfield ceased producing them and started using the far superior no-frills Mk2 butts*. Obsolescent = use up existing stockpiles. The Mk1 butt was probably NEVER declared obsolete because obsolete = withdraw from service and we know that it was never actually withdrawn. So, in short, there will NEVER be an actual number of Mk1's with Mk2 butts. But I can tell you that the Mk1 butt was a load of tat and the bane of any Armourers life!
    * Mk2 butts weren't made at Enfield so far as we know but by a woodworking firm in Ipswich who made Sten Mk5 butts

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    Right now it looks like my only option is to buy the repo wood or keep looking.
    It's too bad there is no stash of service replacement unearthed but most were either used up or firewood now.

    I just love the classic look of the hump back stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tr63 View Post
    Finding the rear section for the MkI is going to be very hard for you that is not very badly troch cut and buildable . I also purchased a BRP center section MkI double dove tail and I had to look for a very long time to find the rear section to go with the BRP receiver.

    BRP is getting low on Bren items.
    The do have several MKII sections available and I am kicking around getting one or just picking up a decent MKII parts set when one appears.

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    Be very surprised if there are repro parts for LMG's. Original parts have likely been destroyed long ago.
    Gunparts is listing a Mk II Stock & Slide Group Assembly at $130 though. Comes with a butt stock.
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    Cal50 has already stated the obvious. There are butts in the UKicon - I know a few - but getting one across the pond will cost a few £££'s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    I know a few
    We have them here too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunray View Post
    Be very surprised if there are repro parts for LMG's.
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    Nice looking stuff, wonder if the easiest way for him to get it is if it were purchased by a friend and sent as a "Gift"? I've heard of that before around here...it does work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    Thats the only set I have found and its L50 / $55 USD air cargo shipping.
    It bumps the stripped wood up to around $200 USD delivered.

    Its about my only option right now and I still have to source all the stock hardware.............
    It might be cheaper to buy a MKI parts set that pops up and part is and keep the parts I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Nice looking stuff, wonder if the easiest way for him to get it is if it were purchased by a friend and sent as a "Gift"? I've heard of that before around here...it does work...
    Stripped wood goes thru customs without issues.
    Its the shipping that hurts and buying sigh unseen with no user or forum member feedback on quality and fit.

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