“#FrontenacOPP, #OPP Street Crime & Provincial Weapons Enforcement have charged 3 people in @NorthFrontenac after a search of a residence located firearms and prohibited devices that were in the process of being manufactured at the location using a 3D printer.” OPP East
Since drafting this Ontario police have arrested and charged multiple individuals involved in the manufacture and distribution of handguns assembled in an identical manor, likely being the source of the examples below.
A firearm seized from a male suspect on 28th August in the city of Mississauga, Ontario CA appears at first glance to be conventional though is in fact illicitly manufactured from a combination of non-firearm parts. The body of the weapon including the frame (receiver) and trigger mechanism is that of a common gas powered replica Colt 1911 6mm airsoft / .177 BB pistol which is manufactured in Taiwan. The ‘F’ within a pentagon mark present on the frame indicates a muzzle energy not exceeding 7.5 J (5.5 ft⋅lbf) usually added in accordance with German law. This appears to have been combined with a conventional .22lr slide which is branded with a Blue Line Solutions logo and made in Germany, likely by GSG (German Sports Guns). All parts required in this case are available as conversions kits from the likes of GSG and others which usually include the slide, barrel and magazine, ready to drop onto an unmodified full-bore 1911 pistol frame assembly to allow the use of smaller .22lr cartridges. In this case very little modification is required to the airsoft frame to allow the .22lr conversion parts to function, the results having been documented by in videos and forum posts the past.
A number of identical conversions have been recently seized by Toronto Police:
Photos have emerged of an underground gun factory which operated in Montreal, Canada to produce high quality copies of the TEC-9 / DC-10 submachine gun for the criminal market. This model of illicit craft produced machine pistol was previously documented having appeared seized in several police operations.
The factory was discovered by accident after a burglar alarm alerted police to the warehouse of the company located in LaSalle borough. Vice-president of Perfection Metal, Pierre Larivière, 60 and Jean-Pierre Huot, 59 are facing charges relating to the 2014 find. Employees at the factory were apparently told that they were manufacturing parts for paintball guns.
An easily recognizable feature of these guns is that unlike the original molded polymer lower receiver of the TEC-9 / DC-10, copies were produced using two CNC-machined halves bolted together for ease of construction:
Disassembled components of the gun revealing two-piece ‘clam shell’ construction of lower receiver.
Silencer:Silencer components:CNC machine used to construct components of the weapons:
Above is an example previously seized by police during a drug operation in Toronto in 2016:
What appears to be a home-built copy of the TEC-9 / DC9 pistol seized by police in Canada. The upper receiver appears to have overly crude welding and lacks the distinct barrel lug stampings of the original while its lower receiver has a flat non-standard profile. The open position of its bolt suggests it is likely fully automatic.