We were recently lucky enough to examine a 3rd Pattern BESAL light machine gun dating from c.1942. You can check out our full-length article on the BESAL here and our video here.
Below are a some photographs I took of the BESAL showing some of the details of its design as well as its stamped and spot welded constriction:
A close up of the BESAL’s universal magazine housing
A close up of the BESAL’s gas block and front sight post
A close up of the BESAL’s pistol grip and trigger – note the release lever behind the grip to unlock the grip for cocking
Some close ups of the BESAL
Our thanks to the collection that holds the BESAL, whom wish to remain anonymous, which was kind enough to allow us access to their impressive array of small arms.
All photographs taken by Matthew Moss. Please do not reproduce these images without permission or credit. © The Armourer’s Bench 2018.