Category Archives: Zip guns and improvised firearms

Improvised 12 gauge break barrel shotgun

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Zip gun / improvised pistol

A zip gun whittled from wood and powered by an elastic band. A piece of steel tube such as a car aerial will suffice as a crude .22 barrel.

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.22 hose nipple zip guns

Two zip guns seized by police which are assembled from readily available pipe fittings. Both consist of a threaded copper pipe with a brass hose nipple for a barrel. A striker attached to a spring and a length of wire … Continue reading

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Improvised 12 gauge pepperbox pistol

Seized following a gunfight with police officers in the Dominican Republic.

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Improvised firearm seized in Russia

An improvised firearm pictured alongside a fired nail gun charge. Seized in Russia.

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Sledgehammer shotguns

A fine pair of 12 bore ‘hammer guns’ hand crafted by Brazil’s world renowned favela artisans. A demonstration of the weapon system presented in the video below.

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Improvised .357 slam-bang zip gun

Similar to the classic shotgun variation though arranged in reverse. It is made from three components which include a barrel pipe welded into a larger pipe and a length of steel bar with a nail in the end to act … Continue reading

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