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.
“Polish nationals Lukasz Kur & Rafal Anyszek were intercepted at Dover Eastern Docks freight controls on Friday morning by Border Force officers and referred to the NCA for investigation. A search of the HGV & trailer revealed 20 handguns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a variety of Class A drugs. ” National Crime Agency
Shown on the left is a high quality illicitly produced 9mm machine pistol which has been seized from organized crime gangs on a number of occasions across Europe, usually branded with the fake company name ‘R9-Arms’ along with ‘Made in the USA’. The likely origin of these is probably an illicit gun factory operating in Croatia, owing to its history of manufacturing illicit UZI copies as well as a large number of the weapons being seized there back in 2015.
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.
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.
A 9mm submachine gun designed to be ultra compact and use the least number of parts possible. Nearly all components are made from square tubing including a one piece push trigger which is operated with the user’s thumb.