Any news on the Vltor Bren Ten?

Posted: January 18, 2012 by doubleplusundead in This Is My BOOMSTICK!

Or have we been Peregrine’d again?  I am at my heart a revolver guy, and probably always will be, but if a new build Bren Ten becomes publicly available all my focus would be on acquiring one.  For the uninitiated, the Bren Ten is based on the CZ-75 and is chambered primarily in 10mm, though there are some in .45ACP, and was built by Dornaus & Dixon, a small manufacturer in the 80s.  The Bren Ten became a hot commodity when it was selected to be Crockett’s sidearm in Miami Vice (Don Johnson’s Bren for the show was a .45ACP, as blanks for .45 are more readily available.)  Unfortunately, Dornaus & Dixon couldn’t meet the demand, and the company folded.

Soon after, the remaining assets, the name and rights to the design were bought out by Richard Voit (yes, the sporting goods Voit, remember them?) and created Peregrine Industries to build the Bren Ten.  Unfortunately, that crashed and burned too.  Enter Vltor, an AZ company that makes primarily higher end ARs and accessories bought the rights to the Bren Ten and began developing an updated version to fix some of the issues with the old one (cracks were showing up in some of the guns due to the high pressure of the 10mm).  They apparently farmed out some of the work, meanwhile a distributor was taking pre-orders, they had a set timeline for release…then things apparently went to shit, Vltor wiped out all their old postings, and from what I see no one has seen or heard a fucking word from them in over six months.

Anyone know of or hear anything?  Any of you gunbloggers at SHOT show want to interrogate the Vltor people?

Seriously, I want my Miami Vice piece.

The only time you’ll hear Phil Collins on this crapblog, most likely.

*Thanks to for some of the historical information on the Bren.

  1. veeshir says:

    Iasked JayG from Marooned. He’s at SHOT.

    I’m still trying to get ammo and stuff for my Wildey.They went toes up a couple years ago.

  2. doubleplusundead says:

    Odd that Wildey’s site is still up like nothing ever happened. When’s the last time you tried to contact them?

  3. veeshir says:

    I try all the time. Their contact page gives an error message, emails bounce and they never return messages left on their phone. The page was last updated 5/09, the last time I heard from was early 2010.

    I don’t reload yet, I’m hoping to soon. Brass will be hard to find, bullets a little easier, dies are $300.

    Mine is 475 Wildey, not 45 Win Mag.

    I found a maybe line on ammo, they make brass the same way Wildey did originally, they cut and deform rifle brass, .284 Winchester I think.
    I’m waiting to hear back from them, they don’t answer emails very quickly, which makes me leery of giving them a couple hundred dollars for ammo.

    I’m planning on reloading myself in the next year or so, so we’ll see how that goes. I only have around 50 cartridges, they went belly up before I got a chance to get more. That’s how I found out, I tried to get more ammo and couldn’t get hold of them.

  4. veeshir says:

    Gun Broker has a couple for sale, one is “New in box”.

  5. Jetmore says:

    EAA imports Tanfoglio firearms. Tanfoglio is an Italian small arms co that makes primarily CZ 75 clones in various calibers (as well as caliber conversion kits for all models.) You can get a “Bren 10” (w/ EAA badge) factory new for about $450 in 10mm, 45acp, 9mm, 38 super, etc and buy conversion kits for about $250 a pop. The entry levels are about $450 but they make them in Limited competition, hunting, and open competition so if you want a $1500 factory gun you can get it. I see them every time I go into a gun shop so you’ll more than likely find one at your local dealer.

    • doubleplusundead says:

      I’ve heard that there are issues with the slides or frames cracking on the EAAs…’course the Bren has that issue too.

  6. veeshir says:

    I checked the SHOT Show page and they don’t list Vltor as an exhibitor.

  7. pedler says:

    Maybe some body should contact/contract with E.A.A. and build a Bren Ten, DUH,
    How simple would that be. They are of good quality, reliable, accurate, and reasonably priced. The parent company, Tanfoglio. used to make the pieces of the Jericho/Baby Desert Eagle/ so on so forth early on for IMI and then ship them to Israel for assembly so they could stamp Made in Israel on them. And I would say Israelis know firearms quality inside and out! I’ve had an E.A.A. Witness in .45ACP for years, shot all sorts of loads in it and NO problems with frames and slides showing any abnormal wear or cracking. I’ve sold many for years at a well known gunshop and range in Kentucky ,who recently had to cancel a Spring shoot, in all different calibers and no problems noted.

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