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.
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.
Small Arms Survey have released a new paper documenting the widespread illegal production of improvised / craft-made firearms across Nigeria. The study found that these weapons account for around 32 per cent of firearms-related crime in Adamawa state to a staggering 69 per cent in Plateau state. Along with exploding crime rates, the demand for firearms to equip community defense groups increased drastically following the Boko Haram insurgency with many having to resort to equipping themselves with locally produced weapons such as ‘dane guns’ (Locally hand-made muzzleloading percussion-lock long-guns) and break barrel shotgun copies long used by traditional hunting and tribal groups. More recently illicit gunsmiths have progressed to producing more sophisticated weapons including submachine guns and self-loading pistols utilizing simple sheet metal fabrication methods. Like swords and bows & arrows, firearms are simple devices dating back 800 years which can be produced by anyone and aren’t going to ever go away.