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    Help needed

    Hello,

    I was able to find this (deactivated) Bren barrel. But it does not seem to be a Mk I or a Mk II.
    Mayby anyone can help!

    Many thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ZGB barrel...
    Prototype to the BREN.
    Notice the flash hider takes a spanner to remove the flash hider and will probably have a bend over locking ring.
    A real close photo of the front sight and the flash hider will confirm.
    Also, check the breech of the barrel for markings......Those I would like to see as they will not be Britishicon unless it was reproved in the UK for some reason.

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    Warren,
    thanks for your kind reply! I did some research, following the ZGB-track, and had the idea that this could be a barrel for a Bulgarian ZB 39. I've seen some good pictures of those and I can't see any difference.
    Unfortunately, the markings don't tell us anything.

    Many greetings

    T

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    Send me the markings off the barrel via PM and I can confirm the barrel,
    Also, try the chamber with an 8 x 50 R round.

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    Sorry, quite busy at the moment; will try to make some over the weekend.
    It's nothing but an "A" and a 5-digit (serial)number (lined out), and a "B" and another 5-digit serial. Both are in the ZB 39 serial number range, between 10.000 and 13.000. I suppose one is the 1st barrel and the other the marking for the spare barrel.
    Of all the shooters I know, only one knows(!) that there is something like a 8X56 R, but he hasn't got any.

    many many thanks!

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    Greetings:

    I have a semi auto Zb-39 and this barrel's pictures appears identical to the ones I have in my parts kits and for this gun. Most barrels will have a Germanicon proof stamp near the chamber and the serial numbers.. and not much more. The 8 x 50 R round is a rather distinctive shape... I would conjecture that a normal .303 or 8mm round would not come clost to seating in the chamber.

    Case type Rimmed, bottleneck
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    Base diameter 12.47 mm (0.491 in)
    Rim diameter 14.05 mm (0.553 in)
    Rim thickness 1.37 mm (0.054 in)
    Case length 55.63 mm (2.190 in)
    Overall length 75.91 mm (2.989 in)


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    WallG,

    thanks a lot! Sorry, no time for pix, but meanwhile i'm quite sure that this is a ZB39-barrel.

    Again, thank you!

    T

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    Definitely a ZB39 barrel but why deactivated?

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    Germanicon authorities don't like parts of full auto guns in private hands ....


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