Tag Archives: improvised weapons

12 gauge stapler streetsweepers

In July, police in the city of Cherkessk in the Russian Federation arrested a 38-year-old homeowner who was charged with making these improvised revolving shotguns from a home workshop. Each 12 gauge shotgun consists of sections of steel pipe welded together with a Ghost Stapler functioning as a trigger.

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Home Depot .38 ‘Liberator’

Here is a pistol built by a reader which fires .38spl. Everything used to make this was purchased from Home Depot for under $30. The barrel was even rifled by hand and reportedly shoots accurately.

.22 zip gun (Brazil)

Reader submission: “Here in Brazil there are many laws that prevent us from carrying a weapon legally, but since nothing in Brazil works, we make our own weapons by hand. This is a .22 caliber made by members of a gang of punks here in my town.”  The ammunition also appears to be improvised by inserting a lead bullet into a .22 blank round.

Extremely simple, ultra compact clandestine submachine gun

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.

Percussion lock hunting gun (Nigeria)

A Nigerian hunter displays a cross over from traditional materials to a more makeshift utilitarian take on things through the use of welding & scrap iron.

Homemade submachine gun / UZI copy (United Kingdom)

A homemade submachine gun closely based on the UZI housed along with other improvised firearms in the National Ballistics Intelligence Service reference collection in Birmingham, UK.