Tag Archives: improvised weapons

.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.

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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.

Partially constructed illegal firearms seized (Macapa, Brazil)

“The event took place this afternoon, 21/02/2018, Wednesday, around 12:50 pm, at Av. Antônio Ferreira de Jesus, Novo Horizonte district, Macapá-AP municipality. After receiving anonymous reports about a homemade weapons workshop, the team traveled to a home at the address mentioned. At the scene, the military found a 24-year-old man handling a piece of weaponry. He admitted that he made the objects. During the search they were found two homemade weapons, one similar to shotgun and another to revolver. Two ammunition of calibers 20 and 38 and notebooks with designs of firearms were also seized.

Simple homemade double barrel .38 pistol

A conventional .38spl revolver alongside an improvised 2-shot alternative. On this example the rectangular barrel is swung to the side to load and is fired by flicking closed two spring loaded strikers with the thumb. Bog simple but effective.