Category Archives: Zip guns and improvised firearms

Favela blaster

Hinged double barrel pistol chambered in .410. The handle looks to be from a pressure washer or similar.

12 gauge sledge hammer

A sledge hammer in the van or in the yard will evoke little suspicion. Flip the handle around, swap the shell from one end to the other and with these example you have a fully functioning 12 gauge shotgun.

Zip guns made from center punches seized in Australia

Improvised pen guns made from $3 automatic center punch tools. These reportedly can fetch up to $100 when sold on the street.

Improvised slam shotgun (Brazil)

A homemade 12 gauge slam type shotgun with the addition of a captive ‘pump’ barrel and loading window cut into the outer pipe.

Lae Police shoot dead gunman, homemade gun recovered

Police in Papua New Guinea’s second largest city of Lae shot dead armed man after his gang tried to rob vehicles. According to Police statement via social media, a “Special Response Unit (RSU) was patrolling the city roads when they came across three armed men. The three men were standing in the middle of the road, attempting to hold up vehicles travelling on the opposite of the freeway travelling outbound Lae. The three armed men had already stopped vehicles, leaving a long queue of vehicles trying to escape by negotiating how to turn around while some had pulled aside”.

One of the armed robbers was shot dead and homemade gun recovered at the scene. This is the second shooting in a matter of weeks in the same area.