Tag Archives: improvised weapons

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.

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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.

Homemade submachine gun seized in Birmingham, UK

Improvised submachine gun seized by West Midlands police

As long as metal pipes and hacksaws exist, there will be guns, as this story from the UK demonstrates:

“Chief Superintendent Pete Henrick, commander at Birmingham East police, said: “Experts examined and test fired the handmade gun. It was found to be a viable firearm and therefore a lethal weapon in the wrong hands.”

By Any Means Necessary

This six shot improvised 12 gauge shotgun, which is incomplete, was seized by police along with Satan’s Plants by police in Brazil. On this crude example the drum is formed from multiple steel tubes welded together with a thumb screw below which is tightened to align and lock each chamber. The firing mechanism is missing.

Clandestine submachine gun production in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Homemade rifling machine:

This model has been widely seized throughout multiple states in Brazil and has likely been copied by multiple gunsmiths working for various organized criminal networks.

Homemade pistol (Colombia)

A homemade pistol with two rotating chambers, styled similar to a revolver. Seized in Colombia.