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Kolkata police uncover illegal handgun workshop

Another illicit factory uncovered producing automatic pistol copies typical of the region. This is part of a growing trend towards more advanced criminal arms production in India.

“Acting on a tip off, Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) apprehended three persons while dealing in Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and illegal arms on Monday. In the process, they also busted an illegal arms unit in Barackpore.

Three persons – Suku Sheikh, Md. Amjad Rayeen and Md. Abdullla were apprehended by the FICN team of STF from Maidan Police Station limits. As many as 40 semi-finished improvised arms and fake notes worth worth Rs. 1 lakh was seized from their possession.

However, this was just the tip of the iceberg. Further questioning and examination of these three arrested led investigators to an illegal arms manufacturing unit at Jaggatdal under Barrackpore Police Commissionerate. Investigators unearthed this illegal arms manufacturing unit where 20 semi-finished improvised arms, drilling machine, lathe machine, raw materials and equipments were recovered. Six others who were working at this manufacturing unit were also arrested.

According to sources, the arms that were being made here were 7mm and 9mm pistols. The consignment compromising 20 semi-finished arms was meant for Bihar.”

A Koots MAC-11

A homemade copy of the MAC-11 seized in along with other guns, cocaine and around 100 thousand dollars in cash during a drug operation by NSW Police in April. This bootleg model is easily identified as being one of many made by Sydney based jeweler Angelos Koots who was convicted in 2013 after a sting operation. He later admitting to manufacturing and supplying up to 100 of the guns to outlaw motorcycle gangs for up to $15,000 each.

Example seized by Queensland Police in 2016.

Two examples with silencers seized during a sting operation against Koots in 2013.

Home workshop submachine gun operation busted in Brazil

Illicit home production of lightweight MAC/UZI type submachine guns and silencers uncovered in Brazil. Such weapons can fetch up to 13,000 BRL or the equivalent of around $2,500 USD when sold on the street.

Extremely simple, ultra compact clandestine submachine gun

A 9mm submachine gun designed to be ultra compact and use the least number of parts possible. Nearly all components are made from square tubing including a one piece push trigger which is operated with the user’s thumb.

Sterling SMG copy seized after shootout in Rautahat

An illegally made loose copy of the 9mm Sterling submachine gun used during a shootout between a gang and police last month in Rautahat. A number of these have showed up in Maoist arms caches. Sometimes refereed to locally as a ‘desi sten’.