A separatist media outlet published a video yesterday showing a demonstration of a new submachine gun manufactured entirely within the Donetsk People’s Republic. Outwardly the weapon appears similar to the Interdynamic MP-9 (of later TEC-9 fame) and features a H&K style telescoping wire stock. Upon removing a flared muzzle attachment, a suppressor is also shown screwed on flush with the receiver. The weapons designer Vladimir Mishchenko is shown demonstrating the weapon which he describes as being intended for use by the “internal Special Forces of the DNR” when engaging in enclosed urban operations.
The ‘Oplot’ SMG fires from a closed bolt and appears to use an AK type trigger grouping. It is chambered for the 9×18 Makarov cartridge and uses a 25rd magazine, presumably also locally manufactured. Rate of fire is around 850 ti 900 rounds per minute.
A uniquely configured 9mm SMG with silencer seized in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil on Sunday. It appears to be an evolution of a URU type design reconfigured into a bullpup rifle format with an extra long barrel and receiver integrated stock.
Small Arms Survey have released a new paper documenting the widespread illegal production of improvised / craft-made firearms across Nigeria. The study found that these weapons account for around 32 per cent of firearms-related crime in Adamawa state to a staggering 69 per cent in Plateau state. Along with exploding crime rates, the demand for firearms to equip community defense groups increased drastically following the Boko Haram insurgency with many having to resort to equipping themselves with locally produced weapons such as ‘dane guns’ (Locally hand-made muzzleloading percussion-lock long-guns) and break barrel shotgun copies long used by traditional hunting and tribal groups. More recently illicit gunsmiths have progressed to producing more sophisticated weapons including submachine guns and self-loading pistols utilizing simple sheet metal fabrication methods. Like swords and bows & arrows, firearms are simple devices dating back 800 years which can be produced by anyone and aren’t going to ever go away.
A search of a storage facility connected to motorcycle a gang in Waterloo, Sydney last Thursday uncovered drugs, $2.75 million in cash as well as four homemade submachine guns which are pictured above.
Two men are due in court following the seizure of $2.75 million in cash, 13 firearms and illicit drugs. Officers with Strike Force Raptor and the Drug and Firearms Squad searched a storage facility at Waterloo, where drugs, guns and cash were allegedly discovered. #7News