Author Archives: ImproGuns

Paint sprayer zip gun

An improvised .22lr revolver made using part of an automotive paint spray gun handle drilled metal bar for the cylinder and barrel. The trigger is located at the bottom and is fired using the pinky.

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Homemade 9mm submachine gun seized in Naples, Italy

A homemade 9mm submachine gun seized from a criminal arms cache hidden behind a church in Torre Annunziata, Naples, May 2017. Described in reports as an ‘UZI’ but very obviously not.

Partially constructed illegal firearms seized (Macapa, Brazil)

“The event took place this afternoon, 21/02/2018, Wednesday, around 12:50 pm, at Av. Antônio Ferreira de Jesus, Novo Horizonte district, Macapá-AP municipality. After receiving anonymous reports about a homemade weapons workshop, the team traveled to a home at the address mentioned. At the scene, the military found a 24-year-old man handling a piece of weaponry. He admitted that he made the objects. During the search they were found two homemade weapons, one similar to shotgun and another to revolver. Two ammunition of calibers 20 and 38 and notebooks with designs of firearms were also seized.

Simple homemade double barrel .38 pistol

A conventional .38spl revolver alongside an improvised 2-shot alternative. On this example the rectangular barrel is swung to the side to load and is fired by flicking closed two spring loaded strikers with the thumb. Bog simple but effective.

Improvised submachine guns seized in Maceio, Brazil

Eight crude improvised SMGs seized along with narcotics in Maceió, Brazil, Dec 2017.

Photos of illegal TEC-9 submachine gun factory operating in Montreal

Photos have emerged of an underground gun factory which operated in Montreal, Canada to produce high quality copies of the TEC-9 / DC-10 submachine gun for the criminal market. This model of  illicit craft produced machine pistol was previously documented having appeared seized in several police operations.

The factory was discovered by accident after a burglar alarm alerted police to the warehouse of the company located in LaSalle borough. Vice-president of Perfection Metal, Pierre Larivière, 60 and Jean-Pierre Huot, 59 are facing charges relating to the 2014 find. Employees at the factory were apparently  told that they were manufacturing parts for paintball guns.

An easily recognizable feature of these guns is that unlike the original molded polymer lower receiver of the TEC-9 / DC-10, copies were produced using two CNC-machined halves bolted together for ease of construction:

Disassembled components of the gun revealing two-piece ‘clam shell’ construction of lower receiver.

Silencer:Silencer components:CNC machine used to construct components of the weapons:

Perfection Metal

Above is an example previously seized by police during a drug operation in Toronto in 2016: