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The Bren Light Machine Gun is a British light machine gun used during World War II. It was the Long-Range weapon of the Gurkhas.


Weight: 22.83 lbs (10.35 kg)

Length: 42.9 in (116 cm)

Barrel Length: 25 in (63.5 cm)

Cartridge: .303 British

Action: Gas-operated, tilting bolt

Rate of Fire: 500-520 rounds/min

Muzzle Velocity: 2440 ft/s (744 m/s)

Effective Range: 600 yd (550 m)

Maximum Range: 1850 yd

Feed System: 30-round detachable box magazine

Sights: Iron


The Bren was first introduced in the late 30's, and served as the primary light machine gun for British and Commonwealth forces during World War II. Later versions remained in service until 1971, although some Bren's were used as late as Operation Desert Storm.