Category Archives: Submachine guns

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.

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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:

Homeless man’s improvised automatic .380 handgun

This .380 automatic pistol was brandished on construction workers by a man living in a shipping container on site who had on several occasions entered the firm saying he could not stand the noise and dust that the trucks were making. After being arrested he told police that he had originally built the gun to defend himself.

Homemade .22lr machine pistol seized in SP, Brazil

A homemade .22lr machine pistol seized last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This compact example appears to have a lower receiver carved from wood. Its magazine appears to be missing.

Front view revealing bolt face detail.

Magazine-well.

Two craft-made submachine guns (northern Israel)

Two craft-made submachine guns colloquially referred to as ‘carlo’ or ‘Carl Gustaf’ pistols which were seized in northern Israel earlier this year. Along with the widely seized ‘standard’ model, present is a slightly more compact variation which has more recently appeared.