Dornaus & Dixon / Peregrine Industries Literature


Catalogs, Manuals & Newsletters From Dornaus & Dixon

For those who have been bitten by the "Bren Bug" one of the best ways to learn about the story behind the gun is through the various literature put out by Dornaus & Dixon or those who were promoting their products. This includes such items as the Bren catalogs, the Bren Ten owner's manual, Bren newsletters put out by System Ten Associates, Bren updates sent out by Mike Dixon, etc. Most gun magazine articles of the time that covered the Bren did an okay job, but they focused primarily on the pistol itself. The manuals, catalogs, newletters, etc. do this as well, but they also give you a better idea of what the hopes and future plans of Dornaus & Dixon were. I think it is this "vision" that most detractors of the Bren are missing. There's no denying that there were faults with both the gun and the company that made it, but you also cannot ignore the concept and ideal that Dornaus & Dixon were trying to accomplish with the Bren Ten. The information found in this literature is a vital piece of the Bren Ten puzzle.

When it comes to the Peregrine Falcon and Phoenix there aren't even any guns available and so the only thing we have are the catalog, fliers, letters, etc. The more I look at these guns the more I wish the project would have succeeded. While it's impossible to put one of these guns through its paces, it looks like a lot of the problems that plagued the Bren were taken care of. Unfortunately we may never know, unless someone with vision as well as funding picks up the Bren/Falcon ball and runs with it.



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The more common of the two Dornaus & Dixon catalogs, at least in my experience, has been the glossy-covered 1984 version with the SFL and military dual-mag pouch. Even if you already have this one I highly recommend picking up one of the older '83 catalogs should the opportunity present itself. To begin with there are no Special Forces models in this earlier catalog. Additionally, all the pictures are based on the prototype Bren seen in various early articles or photographed in the hands of Col. Cooper. The most notable differences are the scalloping around the trigger guard and a small notch in the back of the rear sight "hump." Of particular interest to me was the picture of the Pocket Model. In all the pictures I have seen of the Pocket Model the slide is identical in appearance to the one used on the Special Forces models. The frame, with the exception of the trigger guard, retains the basic form of the standard frame used on all other Brens, though abreviated in both height and thickness. In my opinion the earlier version has more of a "pocket pistol" look than the later '84 one.



Bren Owner's Manual Inside Cover & Page i

Bren Owner's Manual Pages ii & iii

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Bren Owner's Manual Pages 60 & 61

Bren Owner's Manual Pages 62 & 63

The Bren Ten Owner's Manual is really a treasure trove of great information. One of the things I really like in particular are the exploded view drawings of the Standard Model, Special Forces model and Pocket Model guns.

I was hoping to be able to post links for the whole owner's manual, but just couldn't do it due to limited storage space for images. I wanted to keep the images full-sized and keep the image quality reasonable and that makes it difficult to keep the file size down. I've included what I felt were the more important pages of the owner's manual, but if there's a page you'd like to see that I didn't include just email me and I can email you back the particular page(s).



Bren Ten Dealer Letter

Bren Ten Order Form

The first item here is a letter from Mike Dixon inviting FFL holders to become a Bren Ten dealer. What I found interesting was how Mr. Dixon really lays it on thick in regards to Col. Cooper's support for the 10mm Bren Ten and how he was basically laying down his beloved 1911 in favor of the new gun. Quite entertaining reading!

Next comes a Bren Ten order form. I cringe every time I look at the dealer price and think about how much I paid for my two Brens. It's interesting to note that both the Pocket Model and the .22LR conversion kit are both listed on the form. I would be curious to know how many people actually ordered these items only to find out that they were never to be.



Bren Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1, Page 1

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Bren Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1, Page 4

"The BREN TEN News" was put out by System Ten Associates who also produced various Bren Ten items such as belt buckles, posters, t-shirts, baseball caps, etc. At least three of these promotional newsletters were published, but it's possible there could have been more. These newsletters included a variety of Bren related information. On the front page of this issue there's even a short article that describes "The BREN TEN News" as a means of keeping Bren enthusiasts informed about the gun, the people behind the Bren Ten and various new products. You need to remember that this is basically a four-page D&D advertisement, but all in all it's fun to read. If anyone else out there has any of the other Bren newsletters please contact me as I would like to include as many different copies as possible.



System Ten Associates Order Form (front)

System Ten Associates Order Form (back)

One of the things that's always been frustrating about collecting Bren Ten items is not knowing what all is actually out there. Bruce Orlowski was kind enough to share this System Ten Associates order form that lists the various Bren non-gun accessories they sold. Thanks Bruce!



Bren Update (11/16/84) Page 1

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Bren Update (11/16/84) Page 4

Bren Update (11/16/84) Page 5

Faced with numerous problems and complaints from consumers (both those who were still waiting for their Brens as well as those who had already received them), Dornaus & Dixon Enterprises, Inc. mailed out a number of "updates." These "updates" are a very interesting read, though it's important to remember the atmosphere at the time in which they were written as well as who was writing them. As long as these issues are taken into consideration the Bren "updates" can provide a lot of valuable information. Thanks to Brian, who sent me a copy of one of the original updates he received from Dornaus & Dixon.



Peregrine Industries Catalog, Letter

Peregrine Industries Catalog, Cover

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Peregrine Industries Catalog, Back Cover

Peregrine Industries Falcon Flier, Front

Peregrine Industries Falcon Flier, Back

Peregrine Industries Phoenix Flier, Front

Peregrine Industries Phoenix Flier, Back

Peregrine Industries Dealer Price Sheet

Peregrine Industries "Delayed Delivery" Letter

As most Bren enthusiasts know, after Dornaus & Dixon came Peregrine Industries and their resurrected version of the Bren, the Falcon. Though no guns ever made it into the hands of consumers (at least as far as I know) there were a few items available. These were the catalog and fliers for both the Falcon and Phoenix pistols. Unlike the Bren catalogs the Peregrine Industries catalog is in full color and is really well done. This goes for the one-page fliers for the two guns as well. (It sure made me want to buy one!) In addition to the catalog and fliers I've also included an introduction letter, a dealer price list and also a letter appologizing for a delay in production.