Author Archives: ImproGuns

Various homemade submachine gun types, Israel, 2018

A few of many homemade typical ‘Carlo’ submachine guns seized by Israeli police and boarder patrol during operations mostly in the north this year.

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R9 Arms strikes again (United Kingdom)

“Polish nationals Lukasz Kur & Rafal Anyszek were intercepted at Dover Eastern Docks freight controls on Friday morning by Border Force officers and referred to the NCA for investigation. A search of the HGV & trailer revealed 20 handguns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a variety of Class A drugs. ” National Crime Agency

Shown on the left is a high quality illicitly produced 9mm machine pistol which has been seized from organized crime gangs on a number of occasions across Europe, usually branded with the fake company name ‘R9-Arms’ along with ‘Made in the USA’. The likely origin of these is probably an illicit gun factory operating in Croatia, owing to its history of manufacturing illicit UZI copies as well as a large number of the weapons being seized there back in 2015.

.22 zip gun (Brazil)

Reader submission: “Here in Brazil there are many laws that prevent us from carrying a weapon legally, but since nothing in Brazil works, we make our own weapons by hand. This is a .22 caliber made by members of a gang of punks here in my town.”  The ammunition also appears to be improvised by inserting a lead bullet into a .22 blank round.

Homemade SMG with silencer seized (Sao Paulo)

A homemade 9mm submachine gun fitted with a crude, likely very ineffective silencer seized in Sao Paulo on 04/18/2018.

Mad Carlos and his junk yard Street Sweeper

An improvised six-shot 12 gauge shotgun revolver which was seized on August 23, 2018 in Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. A 29 year old suspect was charged with its possession.