Libya mystery firearm

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    As the problems in Libya spread throughout the country because of the sectarian violence, this mystery light machine gun has made headway in a recent Reuters article. Judging from the stock, pistol grip, trigger guard, gas tube, and compensator, it appears to be a Bren gun, however it also appears to be belt fed, which is unlike a Bren gun. In addition the furniture looks like unfinished wood made locally and thus either this a contraption from Bren parts using the design or something entirely different. Write in the comments section if you know what this is.

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    Right hand fee, ammunition is probably 7.62x54r because of the prevalence of PKMs in the region, but that doesn’t explain the peculiar links in use here. There is no bipod but there is a forward pistol grip. The barrel also appears to be like that of a M240 or GPMG which can be¬†quickly detached.

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    Just to serve as another example of a modified Bren gun, this is an American experimental design that exists in Springfield Armory today. It was an attempt to create a belt fed version of the Bren but failed because the designers couldn’t get it under 26 pounds. More information about it at the Springfield Armory museum collection.

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    An example of a Bren gun to begin with for comparison, from Wikipedia.

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    And just for fun, this is a French soldier on patrol in Libya, helping out the government there. Those bipods thought…. Image from a BBC news clip about the region.

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    Also in Libya, two G36s side by side but with different stocks mounted. From the same news clip as above.

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    And what appears to be a standard FN FAL but with what appears to be a Galil stock mounted to it. Image from Al Arabiya. Another Libya mystery.

    Miles

    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

    Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at [email protected]


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