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Bren gun

or bren gun

[bren] /brɛn/
a .303-caliber, gas-operated, air-cooled, clip-fed submachine gun.
Also called Bren, bren.
Origin of Bren gun
1935-40; Br(no), Moravia + En(field), England, towns of manufacture Unabridged
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Bren gun

an air-cooled gas-operated light machine gun taking .303 calibre ammunition: used by British and Commonwealth forces in World War II
Word Origin
C20: after Br(no), now in the Czech Republic, where it was first made and En(field), England, where manufacture was continued
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Word Origin and History for bren


type of machine gun used by the British army in World War II, 1937, short for Bren gun, coined from first letters of Brno, Czechoslovakia, and Enfield, near London. The patent was purchased in Brno, and the gun was manufactured in Enfield.

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