The Info List - Bren Gun

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Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom

Service history

In service 1938–2006

Used by See Users

Wars World War II Indonesian National Revolution First Indochina War Chinese Civil War Second Sino-Japanese War Greek Civil War Malayan Emergency Korean War Suez Crisis 1958 Lebanon Crisis Sino-Indian War Congo Crisis Portuguese Colonial War Rhodesian Bush War The Troubles Falklands War Aden Emergency

Production history

Designed 1935

Manufacturer Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield John Inglis and Company Long Branch Factory Ishapore

Produced 1935–1971

Variants Mk I, II, III, IV L4


Weight Mk1 & Mk2: 22.83 lb (10.35 kg), 25 lb (11.25 kg) loaded. Mk3 & Mk4: 19.15 lb (8.68 kg), 21.6 lb (9.75 kg) loaded.

Length 42.9 in (1,156 mm), Mk IV

Barrel length 25 in (635 mm)

Crew 2, gunner and assistant

Cartridge .303 British 8×57mm IS
8×57mm IS
(for China
in World War II) 7.62×51mm NATO
7.62×51mm NATO

Action Gas-operated, tilting bolt

Rate of fire 500–520 rounds/min

Muzzle velocity 2440 ft/s (743.7 m/s)

Effective firing range 600 yd (550 m)

Maximum firing range 1,850 yd (1,690 m)

Feed system 20-round L1A1 SLR
magazine 30-round detachable box magazine 100-round detachable pan magazine

Sights Iron

The Bren gun, usually called simply the Bren, were a series of light machine guns (LMG) made by Britain in the 1930s and used in various roles until 1992. While best known for its role as the British and Commonwealth forces' primary infantry LMG in World War II, it was also used in the Korean War
Korean War
and saw service throughout the latter half of the 20th century, including the 1982 Falklands War. Although fitted with a bipod, it could also be mounted on a tripod or vehicle-mounted. Ironically, the Bren light machine gun
Bren light machine gun
was very heavy, at approximately 10.3 kilograms (23 lb). The Bren was a licensed version of the Czechoslovak ZGB 33 light machine gun, which in turn, was a modified version of ZB vz. 26, which British Army
British Army
officials had tested during a firearms service competition in the 1930s. The later Bren featured a distinctive top-mounted curved box magazine, conical flash hider, and quick change barrel. The name Bren was derived from Brno, the Czechoslovak city in Moravia, where the Zb vz. 26 was designed (in the Zbrojovka Brno Factory) and Enfield, site of the British Royal Small Arms Factory. The designer was Václav Holek, a gun inventor and design engineer. In the 1950s many Brens were re-barrelled to accept the 7.62×51mm NATO
cartridge and modified to feed from the magazine for the L1 (Commonwealth version of the FN FAL) rifle as the L4 light machine gun. It was replaced in the British Army
British Army
as the section LMG by the L7 general-purpose machine gun (GPMG), a heavier belt-fed weapon. This was supplemented in the 1980s by the L86 Light Support Weapon firing the 5.56×45mm NATO
5.56×45mm NATO
round, leaving the Bren in use only as a pintle mount on some vehicles. The Bren is still manufactured by Indian Ordnance Factories as the "Gun, Machine 7.62mm 1B".[1]


1 Development 2 Service

2.1 Second World War 2.2 Post-war

3 Variants

3.1 Mark 1 3.2 Mark 2 3.3 Mark 3 3.4 Mark 4 3.5 L4 3.6 Taden gun 3.7 Semiautomatic Bren guns

4 World War II
World War II
production 5 Users 6 Gallery of images 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links


At the Battle of Ortona, December 1943

Australian assault on a pillbox at Giropa Point, January 1943.

Canadian infantry with a Bren gun during the Defense of Hong Kong.

At the close of the First World War
First World War
in 1918, the British Army
British Army
was equipped with two main automatic weapons; the Vickers medium machine gun (MMG) and the Lewis light machine gun (LMG). The Vickers was heavy and required a supply of water to keep it in operation, which tended to relegate it to static defence and indirect fire support. The Lewis, although lighter, was still heavy and was prone to frequent stoppages; the barrel could not be changed in the field, which meant that sustained firing resulted in overheating until it stopped altogether. In 1922, the Small Arms Committee of the British Army
British Army
ran competitive trials to find replacement for the Lewis, between the Madsen, the Browning Automatic Rifle
Browning Automatic Rifle
(BAR), the Hotchkiss, the Beardmore-Farquhar and the Lewis itself. Although the BAR was recommended, the sheer number of Lewis guns available and the difficult financial conditions meant that nothing was done. Various new models of light machine gun were tested as they became available, and in 1930, a further set of extensive trials commenced, overseen by Frederick Hubert Vinden.[2] This time the weapons tested included the SIG Neuhausen KE7, the Vickers-Berthier
and the Czechoslovak ZB vz.26. The Vickers-Berthier was later adopted by the Indian Army because it could be manufactured at once, rather than wait for the British Bren production run to finish; it too saw extensive service in World War II.[3] Following these trials, the British Army
British Army
adopted the Czechoslovak ZB vz.26 light machine gun manufactured in Brno
in 1935, although a slightly modified model, the ZB vz. 27, rather than the ZB vz. 26 which had been submitted for the trials. The design was modified to British requirements under new designation ZGB 33, which was then licensed for British manufacture under the Bren name. The major changes were in the magazine and barrel and the lower pistol grip assembly which went from a swiveling grip frame pivoted on the front of the trigger guard to a sliding grip frame which included the forward tripod mount and sliding ejection port cover. The magazine was curved in order to feed the rimmed .303 SAA ("Small Arms Ammunition") cartridge, a change from the various rimless Mauser-design cartridges such as the 8mm Mauser
round previously used by Czech designs. These modifications were categorised in various numbered designations, ZB vz. 27, ZB vz. 30, ZB vz. 32, and finally the ZGB 33, which was licensed for manufacture under the Bren name. The Bren was a gas-operated weapon, which used the same .303 ammunition as the standard British bolt-action rifle, the Lee–Enfield, firing at a rate of between 480 and 540 rounds per minute (rpm), depending on the model. Propellant gases vented from a port towards the muzzle end of the barrel through a regulator (visible in the photo, just in front of the bipod) with four quick-adjustment apertures of different sizes, intended to tailor the gas volume to different ambient temperatures (smallest flow at high temperature, e.g. summer desert, largest at low temperature, e.g. winter Arctic). The vented gas drove a piston which in turn actuated the breech block. Each gun came with a spare barrel that could be quickly changed when the barrel became hot during sustained fire, though later guns featured a chrome-lined barrel which reduced the need for a spare. To change barrels, the release catch in front of the magazine was rotated to unlock the barrel. The carrying handle above the barrel was used to grip and remove the hot barrel without burning the hands. The Bren was magazine-fed, which slowed its rate of fire and required more frequent reloading than British belt-fed machine guns such as the larger .303 Vickers machine gun. The slower rate of fire prevented more rapid overheating of the Bren's air-cooled barrel, and the Bren was much lighter than belt-fed machine guns which typically had cooling jackets, often liquid filled. The magazines also prevented the ammunition from getting dirty, which was more of a problem with the Vickers with its 250-round canvas belts. The sights were offset to the left, to avoid the magazine on the top of the weapon. The position of the sights meant that the Bren could be fired only from the right shoulder.[4] Service[edit] Second World War[edit]

Indian troops man a Bren gun on an anti-aircraft tripod, Western Desert April 1941

In the British and Commonwealth armies, the Bren was generally issued on a scale of one per rifle section, with three rifle sections in each platoon.[5] A further three Bren guns were issued to the Admin platoon of each rifle company.[citation needed] An infantry battalion also had a "carrier" platoon, equipped with Universal Carriers, most of which carried Bren guns. Parachute battalions from 1944 had an extra Bren in the AT platoon.[6] The 66-man "Assault Troop" of British Commandos
British Commandos
had a nominal establishment of four Bren guns. Realising the need for additional section-level firepower, the British Army
British Army
endeavoured to issue the Bren in great numbers, with a stated goal of one Bren to every four private soldiers.[7] The Bren was operated by a two-man crew, sometimes commanded by a Lance Corporal
Lance Corporal
as an infantry section's "gun group", the remainder of the section forming the "rifle group". The gunner or "Number 1" carried and fired the Bren, and a loader or "Number 2" carried extra magazines, a spare barrel and a tool kit. Number 2 helped reload the gun and replace the barrel when it overheated, and spotted targets for Number 1. Generally, the Bren was fired from the prone position using the attached bipod.[8] On occasion, a Bren gunner would use his weapon on the move supported by a sling, much like an automatic rifle, and from standing or kneeling positions. Using the sling, Australian soldiers regularly fired the Bren from the hip, for instance in the marching fire tactic, a form of suppressive fire moving forward in assault. A Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
was awarded to Private Bruce Kingsbury
Bruce Kingsbury
for such use at Isurava, New Guinea in 1942, during the Australians' fighting retreat from Kokoda.

Bren gunner of the Royal Scots
Royal Scots
in the Netherlands, 1944

Each British soldier's equipment normally included two magazines for his section's Bren gun. The large ammunition pouches on the 1937 Pattern Web Equipment were designed around the Bren magazine. Every soldier would be trained to fire the Bren in case of an emergency, though these soldiers did not receive a Bren proficiency badge.[citation needed] The Bren had an effective range of around 600 yards (550 m) when fired from a prone position with a bipod.[7] For a light machine gun of the interwar and early World War II
World War II
era, the Bren was about average in weight. On long marches in non-operational areas it was often partially disassembled and its parts were carried by two soldiers. The top-mounted magazine vibrated and moved during fire, making the weapon more visible in combat, and many Bren gunners used paint or improvised canvas covers to disguise the prominent magazine.[9] The 30-round magazine was in practice usually filled with 27 or 28 rounds to prevent jams and avoid wearing out the magazine spring. Care needed to be taken when loading the magazine to ensure that each round went ahead of the previous round, so that the .303 cartridge rims did not overlap the wrong way, which would cause a jam. The spent cartridge cases were ejected downwards, which was an improvement on the Lewis gun
Lewis gun
which ejected sideways, since the glint of them flying through the air could compromise a concealed firing position.[10]

Bren carried by a Canadian soldier in 1945

In general, the Bren was considered a reliable and effective light machine gun, though in North Africa it was reported to jam regularly unless kept very clean and free of sand or dirt.[7] It was popular with British troops, who respected the Bren for its reliability and combat effectiveness. The quality of the materials used would generally ensure minimal jamming. When the gun did jam through fouling caused by prolonged firing, the operator could adjust the four-position gas regulator to feed more gas to the piston increasing the power to operate the mechanism. The barrel needed to be unlocked and slid forward slightly to allow the regulator to be turned. It was even said that all problems with the Bren could simply be cleared by hitting the gun, turning the regulator or doing both. It was "by general consent the finest light machine gun in the world of its period, and the most useful weapon provided to the (French) "maquis" .... accurate up to 1,000 meters, and (it) could withstand immense maltreatment and unskilled use. "Resistants" were constantly pleading for maximum drops of Brens".[11] A complicated tripod mount was available to allow the Bren to be used as an indirect-fire weapon, but this was rarely used in the field. The Bren was also used on many vehicles, including on Universal Carriers, to which it gave the alternative name "Bren Gun Carrier", and on tanks and armoured cars. However, it could not be used as a co-axial weapon on tanks, as the magazine restricted its depression and was awkward to handle in confined spaces, and it was therefore used on a pintle mount only. (The belt fed Vickers or Besa, the latter being another Czechoslovak machine gun design adopted by the British, were instead used as co-axial weapons.) An unfortunate problem occurred when the Bren was fired from the Dingo Scout Car; the hot cartridge cases tended to be ejected down the neck of the driver, whose position was right next to the pintle. A canvas bag was designed to catch the cartridges and overcome the problem, but it seems to have been rarely issued.[10]

Bren gun mounted on a tripod, 2010

The Bren was also employed in the anti-aircraft role. The tripod could be adjusted to allow high angle fire. There were also several designs of less-portable mountings, including the Gallows and Motley mounts. A 100-round pan magazine was available for the Bren for use in the anti-aircraft role.[12] The Bren's direct ancestor, the Czechoslovak ZB vz. 26, was also used in World War II by German and Romanian forces, including units of the Waffen SS. Many 7.92 mm ZB light machine guns were shipped to China, where they were employed first against the Japanese in World War II, and later against UN forces in Korea, including British and Commonwealth units. Some ex-Chinese Czech ZB weapons were also in use in the early stages of the Vietnam War. Production of a 7.92 mm round model for the Far East was carried out by Inglis of Canada. The Bren was also delivered to the Soviet Union as part of the lend-lease program[13] Post-war[edit] The British Army, and the armies of various countries of the Commonwealth, used the Bren in the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Mau Mau Uprising
Mau Mau Uprising
and the Indonesia– Malaysia
confrontation, where it was preferred to its replacement, the belt-fed GPMG, on account of its lighter weight. In the conflict in the Northern Ireland (1969–1998), the British Army
British Army
squad typically carried the L4A4 version of the Bren as the squad automatic weapon in the 1970s.[14] During the Falklands War
Falklands War
in 1982, 40 Commando
40 Commando
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
carried one LMG and one GPMG per section. Its final operational deployment with the British Army, on a limited scale, was to the First Gulf War in 1991.[15]

When the British Army
British Army
adopted the 7.62 mm NATO
cartridge, the Bren was re-designed to 7.62 mm calibre, fitted with a new bolt, barrel and magazine. It was redesignated as the L4 light machine gun (in various sub-versions) and remained in British Army
British Army
service into the 1990s. A slotted flash hider similar to that of the contemporary L1 rifle and L7 general purpose machine gun replaced the conical flash hider. The change from a rimmed to rimless cartridge and nearly straight magazine improved feeding considerably, and allowed use of 20-round magazines from the 7.62 mm L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle. The 30-round magazine from the L4 also fitted the L1A1 rifle, but the magazine spring was not always strong enough to provide enough upward pressure to feed rounds correctly, this being remedied by stretching the magazine springs. Completion of the move to a 5.56 mm NATO
cartridge led to Army removing the Bren/L4 from the list of approved weapons and then withdrawing it from service. The fact that Bren guns had remained in service for so many years with so many different countries in so many wars says much about the quality of the weapon's design. The Mark III Bren remained in limited use with the Army Reserve of the Irish Defence Forces
Irish Defence Forces
until 2006, when the 7.62 mm GPMG replaced it. The Bren was popular with the soldiers who fired it (known as Brenners) as it was light and durable, and had a reputation for accuracy. The most notable use of the Bren by Irish forces was in the Congo Crisis
Congo Crisis
during the 1960s, when the Bren was the regular army's standard section automatic weapon. Bren guns were in service with the Rhodesian Security Forces
Rhodesian Security Forces
during the Rhodesian Bush War, including a substantial number re-chambered for 7.62 mm cartridges similar to those examples in the British Army.[16] The Rhodesian Bren guns continued to see frequent action until the 1970s, when they were largely replaced by the FN MAG.[17] A few were captured and re-issued by the Zimbabwe
People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA).[18] Some examples were still in service with reservists of the British South Africa Police
British South Africa Police
in 1980, and were inherited by the Zimbabwe Republic Police
Zimbabwe Republic Police
upon the country's internationally recognised independence.[19] Zimbabwean policemen continued to deploy Bren guns during operations against ZIPRA dissidents throughout the early 1980s.[19] The South African Defence Force
South African Defence Force
deployed Bren guns during the South African Border War alongside the more contemporary FN MAG
as late as 1978.[20] Variants[edit] Mark 1[edit] Introduced September 1937; the original Bren, based on the Czechoslovak gun. Features:

Drum-pattern rear aperture sight Buttstrap for use over-the-shoulder when firing Rear grip under butt Telescoping bipod Folding cocking handle

Mark 2[edit] Introduced 1941. A simpler version of the Mk1. Produced by Inglis of Canada
and the Monotype Group through a number of component manufacturing factories. Sometimes known as the "Garage hands" model. Features:

Folding-leaf rear sight Buttstrap deleted Rear grip deleted Fixed height bipod Fixed cocking handle

The Bren Mk2 was much simplified in the body, which although still being milled from a solid billet of steel, required significantly fewer milling operations than the Mk1, resulting in a much cleaner appearance. The bipod was simplified in design as well as not having extending legs. Most Mk2 bipods resembled a simple A-frame and were more 'soldier proof'. The Mk2 also featured a slightly higher rate of fire than the Mk1. The woodwork on the Mk2 was simplified by being less ornate and ergonomic, which sped up the manufacturing process. The barrel was also simplified by means of a non-stepped removable flash hider and, in some cases, a barrel fore-end that was matte instead of highly polished. The buffered buttplate of the Mk1 was omitted and replaced with a sheet metal buttplate. Mark 3[edit] A shorter and lighter Bren made by Enfield from 1944 for the war in the East and for Airborne Forces. This was a conversion of the Mk1, with the main distinguishing feature being a shorter barrel. Mark 4[edit] As with the Mk3 but this was a conversion of a Mk2. L4[edit]

L4 or Machine Gun 1B in Indian service

A conversion of the Bren to 7.62mm NATO
from 1958. Indian Army variants may be new-build, not conversions. L4 Brens can easily be identified by their different magazine. The British-issue L4 magazine is of 30-round capacity and has a slight curve. The L4 magazine was interchangeable with the L1A1 SLR
magazine, so the L4 Bren also can be seen fitted with straight 20-round magazines from the SLR or with the straight 30-round magazine from the Australian L2A1 or Canadian C2A1 heavy-barrel SLR. The flash suppressor was changed from the cone type of .303 variants to a slotted type similar in appearance to that used on the SLR and L7 GPMG. All L4s are chambered for 7.62×51mm NATO rimless ammunition.

Designation Description

L4A1 Bren Mk3 conversion, with Mk1 bipod and steel barrel

L4A2 Bren Mk3 conversion, lightened bipod and steel barrel

L4A3 Bren Mk2 conversion

L4A4 L4A2 variant with chrome-plated steel barrel

L4A5 L4A3 with chrome-plated steel barrel for Royal Navy

L4A6 L4A1 variant with chrome barrel

L4A9 Bren conversion with L7 dovetail

Taden gun[edit] Main article: Taden gun The Taden gun was a development of the Bren to use with the .280 British intermediate round proposed to replace the .303 in British service. The Taden was belt-fed with spade grips and would have replaced both the Bren and the Vickers machine gun. Although reliable[citation needed] it was not accepted due to the US-driven standardization within NATO
on the larger 7.62×51mm NATO
7.62×51mm NATO
round.[21] Semiautomatic Bren guns[edit] Many nations' militaries have disposed of their Bren guns as surplus to their needs. Surplus Brens have been imported to the United States for sale to collectors, but due to US gun laws restricting the importation of automatic weapons such guns must be legally destroyed by cutting up the receivers. A number of US gunsmiths have manufactured new semiautomatic Brens by welding the pieces of destroyed receivers back together, with modifications to prevent the use of full automatic parts, and fitting new fire-control components capable of only semiautomatic fire. The balance of the parts are surplus Bren parts. Such "semiautomatic machine guns" are legally considered rifles under US Federal law and the laws of most states. World War II
World War II

"Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl", poses with the finished product at the John Inglis plant, Toronto, 1941

RSAF Enfield, UK: 400 per month.

1943: 1,000 per week.

John Inglis and Company, Canada: A contract was signed with the British and Canadian governments in March 1938 to supply 5,000 Bren machine guns to Great Britain and 7,000 Bren machine guns to Canada. Both countries shared the capital costs of bringing in this new production facility. Production started in 1940, and by 1943 Inglis was producing 60% of the world output of Bren machine guns. Long Branch, Toronto, Canada. Ishapore, India. Lithgow Small Arms Factory, Australia.


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Watched by two small boys, a member of the FFI (French Forces of the Interior), poses with his Bren at Châteaudun, 1944

 Argentina: several captured during the Falklands War.  Australia: during World War II
World War II
and Korean War. Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
(as L4A4).[22] Continued in limited service until about the time of the general introduction of the F88 Steyr (ca 1990).  Bangladesh[23]  Barbados[23]  Belize[23]  Botswana[23]  Bulgaria: during World War II.  Canada: during World War II
World War II
and Korean War.  Croatia: Mark 2 version known to be used in the Croatian war of independence.[24]  People's Republic of China: During the Chinese Civil War, most were captured and converted to fire 7.62x39 caliber ammunition from ammo supplied by their Soviet allies.[25] They use regular AK-47 magazines.[25] Some are seen in the Korean War, used against UN forces.[25]  Republic of China: Chinese National Revolutionary Army
National Revolutionary Army
of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
of the Republic of China
during the Second Sino-Japanese War
Second Sino-Japanese War
and the Chinese Civil War  Democratic Republic of Congo[23]  Central African Republic[26]  Cyprus  France

 Free France: Used by the Free French Forces
Free French Forces
and French Resistance.[27]  Vichy France: Captured Brens were issued to the Milice.[28]

 Gambia[23]  Ghana[23]  Greece  Grenada[29]  Guyana[23]  India: manufactured by the Ordnance Factories Board[1][23] Phased out of Indian military service in 2012.[30]  Indonesia  Ireland: Irish Defence Forces, replaced by the FN MAG
in 1960s, used by the Reserve Defence Forces (RDF), until 2006.  Israel: During its war of independence and for some time thereafter by the Haganah and the Israeli Defense Forces.[31]  Italy: airdropped to partisans and also issued to the Italian Co-Belligerent Army in the latter part of WWII. It continued to see post-war use with the Italian Army.[32] Also used by the Italian Police in .30-06 caliber.[25]  Jamaica: still used by the Jamaica
Combined Cadet Force  Kenya[23]  Lesotho[23]  Luxembourg  Malaysia: General Operations Force
General Operations Force
of the Royal Malaysian Police (before replaced by the German-made 7.62mm NATO
Heckler & Koch HK11).  Mauritius[23]  Nazi Germany: used captured examples[33] under the designation 7.7 mm Leichtes MG 138(e)[34]    Nepal[23]  Netherlands: The Netherlands
Royal Army during World War II
World War II
and thereafter until 1964, the Netherlands
Royal Army Reserve Corps from 1948 until 1989 and the Royal Netherlands
Air Force from 1945 until 1964.  North Korea: used captured examples  New Zealand: WWII and L4 post war  Pakistan: 1947–48 Indo-Pak War in Kashmir Region  Papua New Guinea[35]  Poland: Used by the Polish Underground State, Polish Armed Forces in the West, armored and partisans units during World War II.  Rhodesia[36]  Seychelles[23]  Sierra Leone[37]  South Africa[20]  Sri Lanka: Used by Ceylon Defence Force in World War II
World War II
and thereafter by the Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Army until the late 1970s.  Suriname[23]  Swaziland[23]  Tanzania[38]  Thailand  Tibet: 294 guns were purchased by the Tibetan Army
Tibetan Army
in 1950.  Tonga[23][39]  Trinidad and Tobago[23]  Uganda[23]  United Kingdom: British and Commonwealth forces, and cadet forces until the introduction of the L98 Cadet Rifle  Yugoslavia: Yugoslav Chetniks
during World War II; some remained in stockpiles until Balkan wars of 1990s  Zimbabwe[23]

Gallery of images[edit]

Welsh Guards
Welsh Guards
in action with a Bren near Cagny, July 1944.

Bren, without the magazine fitted, used by Polish Commandos.

Members of the Milice
with Bren guns.

Bren near Tilburg, October 1944

Bren in Canadian museum

Twin Bren anti-aircraft mounting

Bren Mk3

Universal Carrier

Wounded German soldiers ferried to first aid post on a Cromwell tank, 3 September 1944.

See also[edit]

Besal Browning Automatic Rifle Charlton Automatic Rifle DP-28 FM 24/29 light machine gun Huot Automatic Rifle Kucher Model K1 Mendoza RM2 Sterling 7.62 Taden gun Type 96 light machine gun Type 99 light machine gun Universal Carrier
Universal Carrier
(Bren Gun Carrier) Veronica Foster
Veronica Foster
a.k.a. The Bren Gun Girl Vickers K machine gun Vickers-Berthier


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British Commonwealth small arms of World War II
World War II
and Korea


Webley Mk IV & Mk VI Revolvers Enfield No. 2
Enfield No. 2
Mk I Revolver Browning P-35 "High Power" Pistol M1911/M1911A1 pistol Smith & Wesson "Victory" Revolver Welrod

Rifles & submachine guns

SMLE No.1 Mk III* & Lee-Enfield
No.4 Mk.I Pattern 1914 Enfield Lee-Enfield
No.5 Mk.I "Jungle Carbine" Ross Rifle
Mk.III De Lisle Commando Carbine Sten Lanchester Sterling Austen Kokoda Owen Gun Welgun M1921/M1928/M1 Thompson

Machine-guns & other larger weapons

Besa machine gun Bren Gun Charlton Automatic Rifle Lewis Gun Vickers MG PIAT Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55 in, Boys 29 mm Spigot Mortar "Blacker Bombard" SBML 2inch Mortar Projector, 2½-inch Mk. II "Northover" ML 3-inch Mortar ML 4.2 inch Mortar 3-inch Mk. I OSB Gun "Smith Gun" No.2 "Lifebuoy" Flamethrower


British grenades of WWI and WW2 Mills Bomb

Small arms
Small arms

.303 British 9mm Parabellum .45 ACP .455 Webley .38/200 .38 Special .50 BMG .55 Boys 15×104 mm Brno

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Current UK individual weapons and cartridges


L9A1 L106A1 L117A2 L131A1

Assault rifles carbines Designated marksman rifles

L85A2 IW L86A2 LSW L22A2 L129A1 L119A1 HK 417

Sniper rifles

Arctic Warfare Covert L96A1, L118A1 L115A1, L115A3 L121A1 L82A1

Submachine guns

L80A1 (MP5K), L90A1 (MP5K A1) L91A1 (MP5 A2/A3), L92A1 (MP5 SD2/SD3)


L74A1 L128A1

Machine guns

L108A1, L110A1 L7A2 L2A1 (M2HB), L111A1 (M2HB-QCB)

Grenade non-lethal launchers

L17A1/A2 L67A1 L134A1


LASM LAW 80 M3 Carl Gustav L2A1 (ILAW) L142A1 (AT4CS HP)


MILAN FGM-148 Javelin Starstreak SAM (shoulder launched or 3-shot multiple launcher)


L9A1 M6-640 L16A2

Modern cartridges used

5.56×45mm NATO 7.62×51mm NATO 12.7×99mm NATO .338 Lapua 9×19mm Parabellum 12 gauge

Weapons of the British Empire
British Empire
and the Commonwealth of Nations 1722–1965


Beaumont–Adams revolver Enfield revolver Webley revolver Mk. I–VI Enfield No. 2
Enfield No. 2
revolver Browning Hi-Power

Rifles and carbines

Brown Bess
Brown Bess
musket Ferguson rifle Nock gun Baker rifle Brunswick rifle Enfield 1853 rifle-musket Snider–Enfield Martini–Henry Martini–Enfield Lee–Metford Lee–Enfield Ross rifle Lee–Enfield
No.5 Mk.I "Jungle Carbine" Howell Automatic Rifle Huot Automatic Rifle Rieder Automatic Rifle De Lisle Commando carbine L1A1 SLR

Submachine guns

Lanchester Sten Owen gun Sterling L2 F1 submachine gun Thompson submachine gun

Rapid-fire weapons

Nordenfelt gun Gatling gun Gardner gun Maxim gun QF 2 pdr "Pom-Pom" Vickers gun Lewis gun Vickers–Berthier Vickers K machine gun Charlton Automatic Rifle Besa Besal Bren gun

Anti-tank weapons

Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55 in, Boys PIAT 2 pdr anti-tank gun 6 pdr anti-tank gun 17 pdr anti-tank gun L6 Wombat

Field guns and other weapons

25 pdr field gun Congreve rocket SBML 2-inch mortar Ordnance ML 3 inch mortar No.2 "Lifebuoy" flamethrower Stokes mortar