Category Archives: Zip guns and improvised firearms

Mexican pen shotgun

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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.

Revolving 12 gauge seized following robbery (Brazil)

A makeshift 12 gauge revolving shotgun seized by police in Rio de Janeiro after an attempted robbery of a Japanese restaurant in Rio Bonito.

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.

.22 zip gun (Brazil)

Reader submission: “Here in Brazil there are many laws that prevent us from carrying a weapon legally, but since nothing in Brazil works, we make our own weapons by hand. This is a .22 caliber made by members of a gang of punks here in my town.”  The ammunition also appears to be improvised by inserting a lead bullet into a .22 blank round.