The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with a basic understanding of the Bren light machine gun and its use.
The Bren light machine gun saw service with the British Army from 1938 to 2002. It was the section’s main weapon until the 1960s, when replaced by the light role L7 General Purpose Machine Gun for front-line units. It remained in service until the 21st century as a reserve and second-line weapon.
This course will provide four hours of continuous professional development that will involve the historical analysis and understanding of the weapon and the wider system of training, equipment, infrastructure, doctrine and tactics, organisation, information and logistics.
The learner will receive training on the normal safety precautions and basic drills used to fire the Bren light machine gun. It will culminate in a blank firing demonstration and, where legally permitted to do so, the learners will be able to participate.
The structure of the course will be based on the Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Personal Weapons developed by the Defence Awarding Organisation. The subjects include:
- Understanding the safety implications when handling the firearm and ammunition.
- Understanding the characteristics of the firearm.
- Understanding the working parts of the firearm.
- Being able to load and unload the firearm.
- Being able to conduct stoppage drills.
- Being able to strip and assemble the firearm.
- Being able to clean and maintain the firearm.
This is not an accredited qualification course but attendees will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the four hours of continuous professional development awarded by the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association.
Attendees will receive sufficient information to undertake the ‘Safe to Handle,’ ‘Safe to Use‘ and ‘Competent‘ level assessments identified in the course material (these assessments are not included in the course cost).
The attendees for this course will include service personnel, museum and collection professionals, registered firearms dealers, living historians and other interested parties. To participate in the firing demonstrations, the learner must be suitably accredited (contact to discuss).
This course has been successfully funded using Service Learner Credits. Contact us for more details if required.