Below are two very similar homemade submachine guns both seized in the neighborhood of Carapina, Espirito Santo earlier this year. Typical of illicit Brazilian made SMGs, the upper and lower receivers both show clear URU influence.
Above: The ‘Adidas model’ seized in April reportedly along with .40 ammunition.
‘Stainless’ model seized in January.
Pictures from a 2016 raid conducted on an illegal workshop in the same neighborhood appear to show identical weapons in various stages of production. The weapons were found at the home of 29-year-old Joubert Santana de Oliveira, who, according to police “manufactured submachine guns and sold them to gangs in Jardim Carapina and other municipalities.” The weapons seized this year almost certainly originated from the same workshop, demonstrating the sometimes very localized nature of even fairly sophisticated operations.
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.
Illicit home production of lightweight MAC/UZI type submachine guns and silencers uncovered in Brazil. Such weapons can fetch up to 13,000 BRL or the equivalent of around $2,500 USD when sold on the street.