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Bren MK III kit

#1 Post by bitrclngr » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:01 pm

I was fortunate to pick up one of these Bren kits recently. The importer told me these were imported from Ireland. Only 50 of these were imported. Receiver cuts are good unlike the vast majority of kits on the market. The plan is to reweld the receiver and convert to semi auto only when I obtain the tools and experience. Gun was in nice shape before it met the torch. The correct barrels are difficult to find but fortunately Mk I and Mk II barrels are plentiful and cheap. Perhaps I will cut down a MK I barrel and make a MK III someday.

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#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:28 pm

Looks nice, damn shame they had to do that to the barrel... Really no call for that... Just like when they started drilling holes in the MG -3 barrels... thats a sick mind at work....

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#3 Post by Hammy » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:59 am

A few years back there was a serial article in Shotgun News (now Firearms News) about rewelding the receiver and all the machining necessary to rebuild a BREN kit, cut almost exactly like your kit. The barrel, I don't think, was cut. If you can find the back issues, they would almost be a step-by-step tutorial.
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#4 Post by Burner » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:22 pm

Reweld?
Hope you have access to a good heatreat oven and metalurgy lab.
Rewelds shatter without proper annealing and retempering.
People do it, but not many. A few are even lucky and they don't blow their faces off.
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#5 Post by lifeon2 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:59 am

A few years back I passed on an old saw cut bren kit for $300, been kicking myself ever since. Good luck bringing her back to life.

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#6 Post by CGSteve » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:06 am

Cool. I'll be having a semi conversion shipped to me in the near future.

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#7 Post by Cattus Borealis » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:49 am

Nice Parts Kit!

You may want to contact Mr. Dennis Ricke of Midwest Metal Creations if you ever want to have it re-watted; he has all the jigs to do this. I have found him very easy to work with.
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#8 Post by bigmark2121 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:28 pm

If you belong to gunboards forum Ken Kubin builds Brens and I have one of his builds it is really nice. You might shoot him a PM and see what he is charging these days.

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#9 Post by nmcollektor » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:44 pm

I would do a little research on Ken Kubin before reaching out to him. I have one of his Bren builds as well and found him in over his head with the build in general and really difficult to work with in remedying problems as a result of his ineptitude.

He may be a fine AK builder, but I've never had a worse experience building a semi-auto ANYTHING than I did with him.

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