The BESAL was envisaged as a cheap and simple light machine gun which could be quickly made in garages and small factories in the event Britain was invaded in 1940. Instead, the BESAL evolved into a possible substitute standard for the Bren. We take a look at the design and history of this very interesting and little known weapon.
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The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.