Category Archives: Single-shot pistols

Improvised 9mm pistol

An improvised 9mm firearm fashioned using parts taken from a captive bolt gun.

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DIY break barrel shotgun pistol project

“Another nice project based on the plans of Professor Parabellum. In the short “Combat” variant and embellished with a few accessories ;)”

Improvised pistol made using airgun barrel

An improvised .22lr single shot pistol seized in Brazil. The barrel and front hinging section cut off from an airgun appears to have been utilized.

Home Depot .38 ‘Liberator’

Here is a pistol built by a reader which fires .38spl. Everything used to make this was purchased from Home Depot for under $30. The barrel was even rifled by hand and reportedly shoots accurately.

9mm improvised silenced pistol

An improvised 9mm pistol found with a spare barrel, both with built-in silencers. The barrel screws into a breech made from a hex nut welded to a crude trigger frame. These were handed in to police by an elderly widow in Belarus.

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