Buyback in Mexico nets homemade firearms

A recent gun amnesty in Mexico offering quick cash and groceries saw a number of interesting homemade and modified firearms turned in.

Perhaps the jewel of the haul was a very nicely made .22lr revolving rifle:

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In contrast, a trash bag full of zip guns was handed in, an inspired decision perhaps.


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A homemade submachine gun. I can positively identify this as Filipino in origin, the design illicitly produced by local gunsmiths in Danao.

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Handcrafted shotguns:



Yet again It seems a certain entrepreneurial individual was up all night preparing for this occasion:


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Widely recovered .22lr machine pistols of local illicit manufacture were also handed in:


An unusual S&W break-top copy:


Unfortunately some rather good stuff was turned over, including two German MP28 submachine guns.




A grisly fate for all was sadly to follow…



  • Cal.Bar

    Seems odd for such low quality firearms to be produced when we are so often told that Mexico is “awash” with fully automatic assault rifles so easily purchased just across the border here in the US.

    • I can assure you that is true. Why would the cartels, organizations flush with cash beyond our wildest imaginations, turn in their firearms for peanuts?

    • M

      After reading Detty’s book about operation wide receiver, the impression I got was that the Mexican cartel’s bread and butter firearms are converted dpms ARs and Wasr-10s. Add some colt .38 supers and PS90s to the mix too: they also have weird cop-killer beliefs about 38 super and 5.7×28

      • Anon. E Maus

        Eeeh, there was some kind of truth to the .38 Super once way back in the day, it was known for being able to penetrate car doors which the .38 Special could not.

        But that was back in like the .30’s. As for the 5.7, I don’t doubt that it’ll defeat soft armor, speed kills armor and the 5.7, for all it’s flaws, does have speed going for it.

      • JoelC

        So that’s where all the 38 supers went. Haven’t seen a used one in forever!

      • Flyingchipmunk

        The reason 38 supers are popular in Mexico is that “military” caliber guns like 9mm and 45 ACP are banned. 38 super isn’t considered a military caliber so the ammo and guns can be purchased legally. Even if many of the guns are illegal it still makes sense that it’s a popular caliber since it can be had legally

        • Ken

          Were legal. The .38 Supers were banned in the 90’s, with existing registered ones grandfathered in (don’t know if they’re transferable though). Currently in Mexico, you’re allowed to have one legal handgun stored in your home, no larger than .38 Special for revolvers, and .380 ACP for selfloaders. I believe there is also a limit on how much ammo a legal handgun owner may legally buy in one year.

          The .38 Supers remain in popular lore because for a long time, they were legal and common.

          • Steve_7

            Yeah that’s right, popular misconception about Mexican gun laws. I get the impression the Glock 25 is the most popular selling pistol in Mexico. If you really want a brain teaser, try thinking of a handgun that (a) is legal in Canada; is (b) legal in Mexico; is (c) legal to import into the US and (d) isn’t a .22 rimfire. No clearer illustration of how nutty gun laws are.

          • Ken

            Must be a full sized .38 Special revolver of some sort I guess. I think Canada has a minimum barrel length and caliber for handguns. The US just has that stupid point system for the equally stupid/unconstitutional sporting purpose requirement.

          • Steve_7

            Yeah the only thing that comes to mind is something like a S&W model 10 with a 5-inch barrel. Canada has a 105mm barrel length restriction and .25 and .32 are banned. I suppose a PPK/S fitted with a 4.2″ barrel would fill the bill but that is a custom proposition.

            There are guns made for the Mexican market that would do it, for example the full-size Tanfoglio Witness is made in .380 for Mexican IPSC shooters, that would be big enough to meet the points requirement for US import and has a long enough barrel to be legal in Canada. But it’s a pretty rare gun, even in Mexico. Grand Power makes a .380 for Mexico that would also do it – also very rare.

    • Blake

      Or the US donates them to the cartels en masse…

    • JoelC

      I’m willing to bet these aren’t cartel guns. These are probably self defense guns for the most part.

      I imagine if you are in the cartel and you sell your gun for cash and groceries they wouldn’t be to pleased with you.

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  • iksnilol

    Ouch, that hurts… Though I am interested in the mechanism of the revolving rifle. It seems as if the cylinder is covered up to avoid a flash from the cylinder gap.

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    • John

      Eh. It may have been an airsoft, we don’t know.

      But as far as the homemade shotguns go: THAT IS HOW YOU MAKE AN ACCEPTABLE ZIP GUN, PEOPLE. If you want to reap the benefits of a buyback, you have to put some effort into your product! You’re at Home Depot, buy a cheap wood chisel and carve a decent handle into the stock! Get some glue and bed the barrel down with a clamp! Polish those trigger guards! Take some pride in the craftsmanship that founded the nation, for crying out loud, and make a cheap product worth the police department’s time. Thank you.

    • Jeff Smith

      The Thompson is actually a knock off. I have the exact gun. Mine is a Volunteer Arms Mark 45, but I think several companies made similar guns.

  • joeyskylynx

    The fact these firearms are being destroyed sorta eats me alive. What the world needs is a depository or museum where these firearms are taken and put on display. Each firearm has a video taken of it firing five or six rounds, and it is then put on display for students of criminology and gunsmithing to study and be inspired by.

    • anon

      Or you know, like sell them back to the public like we do with all other seized assets?

      • joeyskylynx

        I mean the homemade guns. Like the automatics and such.

        • MR

          Yeah, ship them to Estados Unidos under NAFTA protections, and sell them to the public. Open up the registry for these C&R items ( Curio, iirc) due to the clear humanitarian aid that the dollars will bring back. A gesture of good will if I’ve ever seen one.

          Damn, an Uzi, fitted case, and owner’s manual? That’d bring a few pesos.

          • Steve_7

            Haven’t seen one of those Action Arms guitar cases for ages.

    • Those exist.

  • anon


    Ruined my weekend.

    • Sianmink

      I’m just gonna keep telling myself it was a trash chinese copy to begin with.

      • Zhang Gary

        Sadly, there never is a working P08 copy made in China.

        • Sianmink


    • Clint West


    • lucusloc

      And that is how history is destroyed.

  • Vitsaus

    So many historic pieces…. gone forever.

  • Will

    I would toss mine off the bridge before I would allow it to be cut up just to satisfy some gun grabbing bleeding heart.

    • Clint West


  • Blake

    I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen an Uzi crammed into a violin case.

    Just don’t show me any footage of Thompsons being cut down please…

    • Steve_7

      As I recall, Action Arms sold them in the 1980s, must have been smuggled in.

    • lalalala

      This is Mexico, those Thompsons and nice collectibles will be proudly mounted on someone’s wall, perhaps a cop, soldier, or prominent politician.

      Or, re-sold to someone on “the street” for $$$$.

  • Anon. E Maus

    NOT THE MP-28S!

  • Southpaw89

    While a number of these are very crude as you would expect, there appear to be some reasonably well made improvised firearms in the mix, I cant help but wonder if the increasing difficulty in obtaining factory made arms is creating a strong enough market to support underground gunsmiths with a reasonable level of skill in the craft. Also, torch cutting a luger should be a capital offense, it kills me to think that someone is actually happy to see that happen.

  • Lance

    Mostly junk while the real criminals still get there AK-47s and M-16s. Yeah shows how effective Mexico’s laws are. Just like banning flies will end garbage.

  • too too much

    the beaners turn in the crappy ones and keep the good ones that Holder and the scumbags at the ATF gave them

    • Grover

      Beaners? Really?

  • john

    Is this Kel-Tec’s new 2015 line up? JK

  • mosinman

    i want to smack the chumps who turned in those museum pieces

    • mosinman

      oh look a raven/phoenix .25

  • skusmc

    Those Thompsons and and MP 28 make me has sad.

    But good job to our cousins who mass produced those zip guns. That’s the ‘Merican way. South ‘Merican.

    • MR

      Southern North ‘Merica

  • Eric S

    Come on man, trigger warning if you’re going to post gore.

  • einszweidrei

    We had a similar buyback campaign in brazil, guess what: some citizen traded their guns for cash, but no criminal was amongst them. Well, maybe some murders, which were returning their guns used in a crime do get the evidence destroyed by the GOVERNMENT and POLICE FORCES. Oh, and we still have over 50,000+ muders every year.

    • lalalala

      cartels kill citizens all the time

      cook them up into soup sometimes too to get rid of bodies

      citizens organize to fight them, take up arms- the cartels back off and the Mexican army comes in and kills the entire town for owning illegal weapons

      this is true….. it really happened.

      it became world news so then the Mexican gov suggested they would allow these “militias” to keep their arms vs the cartels so long as they registered their guns……..

      thats the last I heard of this as I stopped following the news after that, been a year or two now.

      anyone know what happened? I assume the gov killed the folk with registered guns…. (or just took their guns)

      either way the Mexican gov isnt concerned about keeping civilians alive nor safe, they simply want to maintain their own power and control over said victims.

  • Martin M

    Why did I even look at this article!? What a bad start to my day.

  • Zebra Dun

    La Guitara!

  • guest

    No worries, they get better and more modern guns kudos to the federal Fast&Furious cartel firearm supply program.

    • shootbrownelk

      At first I thought they were spy photos of the Taurus Research & Development dept.

  • Elliott

    I never understood why they burn them instead of selling them offshore? Classic government wastage.

    I’d have tripled their money on that heirloom grade SxS shotgun. 🙁

  • MR

    Cinco de Mayo? We just do a better job of hiding our corruption.

  • BryanS

    Buyback? The Mexican government bought the people all of those in the first place?

    Otherwise, this was confiscation with benefits.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Is the gun in the picture with the MP28s sitting between the top MP28 and that shotgun the gun that was used as the base for Boba Fett’s gun?

  • Steve_7

    Er… You clearly need to read up on the Mexican Revolutionary War and the history of Texas and California. Ulysses S. Grant thought the Civil War was retribution against the US for wars of aggression against Mexico.

  • desert

    The NWO communists are everywhere….!

  • MrApple

    Where there is a will there will ALWAYS be a way.

  • jcitizen

    Fer sure!

  • luckydog

    can i just get one part off that mini first? Please!

  • Jamie Clemons

    Not to worry. We can make more.

  • Jamie Clemons

    How can one make one that is resistant to torch?


    OMG, the Luger! Really??? You destroyed it? If it was a real Luger in nice condition you could have sold it to a collector for enough money to pay another crooked cop for a year. Stupid Mexico!!

  • lalalaaa

    public destruction of guns is part of IANSA’s plan…er I mean the United Nations plan

    for civilian disarmament

    I trust these were all steam rolls or set on fire in public right?

    to let people know that GUNS are evil, right? (civilian gun ownership by proxy)

  • lalalaaa

    Smart people here too

    make a bag of cheap zip guns for cheap

    sell them for $50 – $100 each

    buy yourself a better gun!

  • lalalaaa

    army and police sell guns to criminals for profit in both Mexico and South Africa

    civilian disarmament will never work because people are people

    it will simply undermine the state as corruption rises and criminals become empowered vs unarmed law abiding civilians

  • Steve_7

    In fairness, I always wanted to do that to my S&W model 39.

  • jom

    i thought i was familiar with most of the danao philippine made guns but i’ve never seen one of those..the illegally made smg’s here are mostly copies of the MAC / Cobray smg’s and the TEC-9 except with a metal lower receiver…

  • Adam

    Really, you know the SMG was from Danao? Who’s factory in Danao made it?

  • ToughStuff2012

    Idiots turned in the real guns. Only morons in mexico would turn in good defense items to their corrupt officials to be at mercy of their corrupt government and the local mafia.