Tag Archives: improvised firearm

Weapon used in bank robbery in Vietnam

Originally a long gun locally produced for hunters, It has been modified or ‘sawn off’ into a pistol which was used in a bank robbery. A large extension spring powers the hammer which is part of a typical simple exterior lock set up. A toy cap would typically be used to prime the nipple combined, the propellant usually being black powder taken from fireworks.

Favela blaster

Hinged double barrel pistol chambered in .410. The handle looks to be from a pressure washer or similar.

Zip guns made from center punches seized in Australia

Improvised pen guns made from $3 automatic center punch tools. These reportedly can fetch up to $100 when sold on the street.

Homemade shotguns seized (Brazil)

Shotguns made by a 29 year old man who was arrested while trying to sell one of the weapons at a bus station in the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Each appears to be an improvement over the traditional improvised design with the addition of a ‘trigger’ type safety / barrel lock leaver.

The improvised arsenal of Valentin Doroshenko

Submachine gun chambered for 9×18 with a rifled barrel containing six left-hand grooves. The overall length with folded shoulder rest is 304 mm. It is based around and operates similar to a self-loading pistol and may have been the result of studying the mechanism of a Makarov PM.

10mm smooth-bore bullpup:

Homemade 9×17 rounds:

Homemade 10mm rounds:

Automatic bullpup shotgun:

Dmitry Gamov

The weapons above were used in any attack which resulted in deaths of two police officers in Odessa carried out by Valentin Doroshenko, a locally known pro-Russian activist who constructed the weapons above along with ammunition. Despite their Heath Robinsonesque looks they none the less proved lethal and effective.

‘Do It Yourself – Who will stop psycho with homemade guns?’

Nigerian craft-made ‘AK47s’

Pictured are locally made submachine guns seized by authorities in Nigeria.  These are made to appear visually similar to the namesake rifle and include a copy of the under-folding type stock but are simple pistol caliber blow back weapons. These have recently shown up in multiple instances among arms captured from cattle rustlers and bandits.

Homemade MAC-11 copy (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

A homemade copy of the MAC-11 seized on Monday by police in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo. On this example an original factory-made barrel has possibly been used.