Tag Archives: improvised firearms

Suppressed Zip Guns Seized in Kazakhstan

Simple hardware store zip guns seized by police in Kazakhstan. With this design a finger is used to flip the bolt out of its slot to fire, in place of a typical trigger. Nail gun blank power charges combined with an airgun pellet serve as an improvised ammunition substitute.

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.

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?’

Improvised submachine gun (Palestinian made)

A typical crude homemade submachine gun of which are being increasingly seized by Israeli security forces.

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.

Drug dealer’s improvised submachine gun

A widely copied model very similar to those produced in an underground workshop raided in 2016, though appearing to be of better quality than most other examples from this increasingly widespread ‘family’. Typically seen are parts such as the barrel, bolt and trigger being made from easily work-able brass allowing manufacture with minimal tools and skill. This example, chambered in .380 ACP was seized following the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer in Minas Gerais earlier this month.