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I never liked the cocking handle on the Bren Mk II -- especially on my Len Savage SA Bren which uses a massive spring. The Bren Gun Saga discusses a solution that involved modifying the Mk II receiver (removing the "hump") and brazing a new piece into the receiver so the standard Mk I handle would fit and lock when folded forward. Not going that route with my Mk II, I modified a Mk I cocking handle slide (plugged, relocated, and redrilled the hole) and the Mk I handle (very slightly shortened) to clear the "hump" on the Mk II receiver. Here's a pic. It locks forward when folded and works well.
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good looking project. post a few more photos for the others who are interested in following suit
 

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Damn Rory, I feel like I'm being graded like one of my students submitting a class project. ;-)

I'll try to find a little time to disassemble and take pictures. BTW, I'm very limited in tooling and expertise. This was done with a 40 year old drill press, bench grinder, and files. I soldered the plug in the existing slide hole before drilling the new hole. It only took me a couple of hours and two beers. I'm still waiting for the proper pin from BRP. The current pin in the picture is temporary.
 

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This is great information for all 5 of us Bren guys out here! I tried to get the MKl charging handle to fit my MKll awhile back, but gave up. Thanks Old Soldier for sharing. That's why this is such a great Board. BP out.
 

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Yes, I know, but up here in N Fl they are scarce. Not even many SA, no FA to speak of.
I just converted my MKII cut/welded DLO FA to a MKI charging handle. Will try it out this weekend!
Operates very smoothly and is a great improvement over the MKII handle! more to hold, etc.
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Greta job brother old tools or not it looks great.
 
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