Tag Archives: improvised weapons

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.

Locally made RPG launcher (Kolkata)

A locally made RPG type launcher along with a Kalashnikov type assault rifle which were found buried in Purulia district, Kolkata. Police reported that the weapons were found at two sites near Khatanga village bordering Jharkhand. Two individuals arrested had links to Maoist rebel groups.

The launcher appears to fire a standard PG7 munition and interestingly appears to use a trigger grip unit identical to those seen on locally made Sterling submachine gun copies, also appearing regularly in Maoist arms caches.

Locally made Sterling SMG copy.

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?’

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.

Never enough barrels.

Earlier this year police in Medina Minas Gerais received a call that a man was firing firearms on a public highway. Upon arriving at the scene police encountered a 52 year old man with a shotgun and after searching his house discovered four more homemade firearms. This quad barrel favela sweeper definitely takes pride of place.

Improvised pistol made using airgun barrel

An improvised .22lr single shot pistol seized in Brazil. The barrel and front hinging section cut off from an airgun appears to have been utilized.