Category Archives: Zip guns and improvised firearms

Homemade shotgun trench battle (Video)

Here’s a video of a shootout between PDF rebels and junta forces using homemade 12g break-barrel shotguns. Fighters have been producing these in quite large numbers which can be made using locally scavenged gas pipe for barrels, steel plate and wood.

This type of shotgun is very basic and easy to make, being cut and bolted together from simple patterns. The short comings are the lack of an extractor making loading and unloading under stress quite fiddly.

Terrorist gun seized

“Katsina State Police Operatives raided a suspected terrorist hideout after credible intelligence indicated that terrorists were sighted in a black spot at Maizuma village, Danja LGA of Katsina State. Following up on the report, police led its teams and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel on 20 August 2022 at about 0730hrs.

The team successfully repelled the terrorists and neutralized one of the terrorists. In the course of scanning the hideout, the following exhibits were confiscated: (1) locally fabricated gun, (2) military camouflage uniform, (3) machetes and Dagger, (4) one hundred (100) bottles and a gallon of Spirit (5) Some quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, (6) two Boxer motorcycles (7) three (3) car batteries (8) one Sewing machine, (9) Roll of cable wire, (10) two cooking gas cylinders.

One suspected informant to the terrorists was also arrested. It was reasonably suspected that the ring leader of the terror group, one Sule Dawa, escaped with fatal gunshots wound. The police are straining every nerve to arrest the gang leader and other members of the syndicate.” Thanks Xaniken.

Slam fire shotguns in the UK

There appears to have been a recent drastic rise in the number of ‘slam guns’ (pipe shotguns) being seized and used in the UK.

Gang paralysed boy, 13, with homemade gun for straying on their ‘turf’

SMOKING GUN Terrifying video shows gunman shooting homemade ‘slam fire’ shotgun at front door in ‘Wild West’ gangland hit

Rising use of guns by rival drug gangs is growing concern for Cleveland Police

Pair jailed for running homemade ‘slam gun’ business

Gun used to Assassinate Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

The improvised zip gun built and used by 41 year old army veteran Tetsuya Yamagami to assassinate former the former Japanese Prime Minister appears to be muzzle-loaded and electronically initiated. It appears to consist of two threaded gas pipes with end caps drilled to enable insertion of a wire which may be connected to a broken bulb or improvised electric match filled with black powder or match-head shavings to initiate a main propellant charge. Loaded in front of the charge would typically be paper wadding followed by ball bearings or other projectiles. A similar improvised muzzle loading gun was used to kill a police officer in South Korea in 2016.

Edit: More improvised firearms have apparently been found at the suspect’s home: