Category Archives: Revolving shotguns

Craft production of firearms in Nigeria

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.

New Small Arms Survey Briefing Paper: Craft weapons used in significant proportions of firearm-related crime in four Nigerian states

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Jamaican-made Street Sweeper

: Police seized a sub-machine gun, a homemade firearm and 5 shotgun cartridges in Lilliput, St. James. More details soon. – Jamaica Constabulary

Revolving 12 gauge shotgun seized

A homemade six-shot 12 gauge revolving shotgun along with a .38 cal revolver and sawn off O/U. Seized in Brazil.

Revolving quad shotgun (Brazil)

A four shot monstrosity chambered in either in either 12 or 20 gauge. The builder likely quickly abandoned the idea of sniper mode.

By Any Means Necessary

This six shot improvised 12 gauge shotgun, which is incomplete, was seized by police along with Satan’s Plants by police in Brazil. On this crude example the drum is formed from multiple steel tubes welded together with a thumb screw below which is tightened to align and lock each chamber. The firing mechanism is missing.

Improvised 12 gauge revolving shotgun (Brazil)

579289574892887894682575796800A pipe gun as well as a six shot 12 gauge revolving shotgun among guns seized by police in a drug related operation last month in Espirito Santo.