Tag Archives: firearms

Halle synagogue attacker’s homemade submachine gun

A familiar DIY submachine gun design used by the perpetrator of the attack on a synagogue in the Germany city of Halle earlier today. An improvised ‘slam-fire’ pipe shotgun also appeared to have been used.

Semi-auto pistol with suppressor seized in Russia

What appears to be a small caliber DIY sheet metal type pistol which was seized last month by police in Russia.

Simple Brazilian Improvised Street Submachine gun

An extremely crude homemade .380 ACP submachine gun design adopted by illicit gun makers in Brazil. Most feature the use of barrels and bolts made from brass bar for ease of cutting drilling. The mag catch is usually nothing more than a nut and bolt. A large number of similar weapons were being made in a factory raided back in 2016, with such guns being traded through a WhatsApp group for the equivalent of 1000 USD.

Local craft made firearms (Mindanao, Philippines)

Typical locally made firearms from Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Magazine fed bolt action combat shotguns as well as revolvers chambered in 5.56 have long been produced by local gunsmiths and are still seen turning up today.

Suppressed Zip Guns Seized in Kazakhstan

Simple hardware store zip guns seized by police in Kazakhstan. With this design a finger is used to flip the bolt out of its slot to fire, in place of a typical trigger. Nail gun blank power charges combined with an airgun pellet serve as an improvised ammunition substitute.

Recent NSW Police Seizures


A few examples of DIY firearms seized recently by police in New South Wales, Australia.