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.”
This .380 automatic pistol was brandished on construction workers by a man living in a shipping container on site who had on several occasions entered the firm saying he could not stand the noise and dust that the trucks were making. After being arrested he told police that he had originally built the gun to defend himself.
Pictured are various locally craft-produced pistols recently seized by the Eastern Command of the Indian Army. Some are widely seized indigenous models while others may possibly originate from Pakistan or China.
Above: An example shown alongside improvised .22 rimfire ammunition, a trait more typical of pistols produced by illicit gunsmiths in China.
Above: A widely seized design of semi-automatic pistol produced by gunsmiths mainly in Uttar Pradesh. Along with very bad attempted Beretta markings the laminate flooring company’s logo is still visible on the grip panel.
Above: Note the serial number stamped below the grip panel which judging from the low number could possibly be for the maker’s own reference rather than inflated.
Above: Telltale brazing marks on the slide and frame suggest multi-part construction of main components.
Here are photos sent in of a pair of homemade revolvers built from the Professor Parabellum DIY .22 Revolver plans.
The version below is chambered in .22lr. A flip down side loading gate was added to the design as an improvement.
Main components shown before final fit & finish:
.22lr cylinder (left) and percussion cylinder (right).
The second gun is a ‘cap & ball’ version of the first which is chambered in .25. It was built as an exercise in demonstrating that a viable firearm can be produced without relying on any firearm components. Staying with the makeshift theme, plastic toy caps are used in place of regular percussion caps in combination with homemade gunpowder. Apparently this version shot accurately despite being smoothbore.