A number of ‘Sterling’ type submachine gun copies have surfaced in recent arms seizures by Indian authorities. The British 9mm Sterling is still used by the Indian army and police so no doubt familiar to the country’s many underground gun makers.
Pictured are various locally craft-produced pistols recently seized by the Eastern Command of the Indian Army. Some are widely seized indigenous models while others may possibly originate from Pakistan or China.
Above: A widely seized design of semi-automatic pistol produced by gunsmiths mainly in Uttar Pradesh. Along with very bad attempted Beretta markings the laminate flooring company’s logo is still visible on the grip panel.
Above: Telltale brazing marks on the slide and frame suggest multi-part construction of main components.
A backyard illegal arms workshop producing .32 semi-automatic pistols busted in Tiljala. 8 pistols, 50 rds of ammunition, 16 magazines, machines tools recovered. Four suspects arrested. (Kolkata police)
Locally made automatic handguns seized from a gang in Delhi including a ‘mini carbine’ which is similar to examples seen produced in Pakistani tribal areas such as Darra Adam Khel. This fits with a noticed shift in trends of locally made guns in India.
Other examples seized by Dehli police this month:
In August police raided an illegal gun factory manufacturing automatic pistols in Talcher, Odisha. The illicit operation which at the time had 31 pistols assembled was being run from a two-storey rented house.