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.
In July, police in the city of Cherkessk in the Russian Federation arrested a 38-year-old homeowner who was charged with making these improvised revolving shotguns from a home workshop. Each 12 gauge shotgun consists of sections of steel pipe welded together with a Ghost Stapler functioning as a trigger.
Another illicit factory uncovered producing automatic pistol copies typical of the region. This is part of a growing trend towards more advanced criminal arms production in India.
“Acting on a tip off, Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) apprehended three persons while dealing in Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and illegal arms on Monday. In the process, they also busted an illegal arms unit in Barackpore.
Three persons – Suku Sheikh, Md. Amjad Rayeen and Md. Abdullla were apprehended by the FICN team of STF from Maidan Police Station limits. As many as 40 semi-finished improvised arms and fake notes worth worth Rs. 1 lakh was seized from their possession.
However, this was just the tip of the iceberg. Further questioning and examination of these three arrested led investigators to an illegal arms manufacturing unit at Jaggatdal under Barrackpore Police Commissionerate. Investigators unearthed this illegal arms manufacturing unit where 20 semi-finished improvised arms, drilling machine, lathe machine, raw materials and equipments were recovered. Six others who were working at this manufacturing unit were also arrested.
According to sources, the arms that were being made here were 7mm and 9mm pistols. The consignment compromising 20 semi-finished arms was meant for Bihar.”
A homemade copy of the MAC-11 seized in along with other guns, cocaine and around 100 thousand dollars in cash during a drug operation by NSW Police in April. This bootleg model is easily identified as being one of many made by Sydney based jeweler Angelos Koots who was convicted in 2013 after a sting operation. He later admitting to manufacturing and supplying up to 100 of the guns to outlaw motorcycle gangs for up to $15,000 each.
Example seized by Queensland Police in 2016.
Two examples with silencers seized during a sting operation against Koots in 2013.