Machine Gun Parts Found in a River

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Remember that stash of weapons found in the UK a while back? Here’s another pretty cool find, YouTubber Nuggetnoggin posted this interesting video a while back of this cache of old rusted machine gun parts he found in a river with a metal detector. I didn’t know boating accidents were a real thing. From the videos description:

Well Guys and Gals this is my 400th YouTube video!. I hope yall enjoy it!. I went back to a spot on the river where I previously dug a rusty Uzi from the 1980s, I wondered up stream and started finding weird gun parts all over the place, most of them I didn’t know what they were til I asked some people. I normally don’t plan on finding WW2 related guns but I did. All of the parts are in bad shape, some have been sawed in half, and none of the parts go together. I probably have pieces to 4 or 5 different guns and none of them have serial numbers on them. It was an amazing hunt for sure , I think some of the gun parts I dug go off an Thompson machine gun but I’m no expert on guns. Tell me what yall think. I am going to try to report the guns but I don’t know if it will help without any serial numbers, plus they are so beat up and rusty that they are useless.

It’s a pretty interesting haul, YouTube commenter Ben Garrison posted a list of the find below:

Hobby gun expert here.
Here is what he found, in order of appearance.

– UZI submachine gun upper receiver
– SA26 stock
– PPSH41 upper receiver
– Thompson SMG lower receiver.
– STEN submachine gun trigger assembly
– UZI front half of upper reviver
– Uzi barrel
– Another Thompson lower reviver
– A third Thompson lower
– Bolt for an UZI SMG
– Looks like a .22 caliber silencer (possibly illegal to own)
– Looks like the cut of stub of a barrel
– Sawed off DP28 barrel with part of the barrel jacket and front sight
– Large silencer, probably for a .45 caliber MAC10 (Possibly illegal to own)
– Upper receiver for a STEN, would probably fit the trigger assembly he found earlier
– Magazine housing for a STEN
– Bolt for an M1 Thompson SMG
– Most of an SA26

not sure what the but plate if for, but it’s similar to an AK

The thing on the rock he calls slide is an upper reviver for a Thompson SMG (may very well be illegal to own)

In functional condition most of these things are very illegal to own without proper paperwork.
That’s probably why they got cut up and thrown in the river.



Ray I.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Was there a van nearby?

  • Bix Nood

    “Ben Garrison.” My sides…

    • Herr Wolf

      He was hoping for an MP40

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    For the record: UK has sensible legislation when it comes to silencers. They are legal to own.

    • Vitsaus

      What about the guns that you attach them to?

      • Graham2

        They’re legal too, or do you believe that guns are banned in the UK?

    • M

      Well, politicians views using them as an assassin’s tool in the US, but they’re viewed as a sign of courtesy in Europe.

    • But to be fair, their firearms laws (as well as pocket knife laws) are extremely restrictive. That seems to be the norm- either restricted firearms, or restricted suppressors.

      Is there any country that offers both readily purchasable modern firearms and suppressors?

      • Kiwishooter

        New Zealand has absolutely no restrictions on suppressors, .22LR models can be bought for as little as $40 without even so much as the need to show ID.

        Modern firearms can be had fairly easily, yes you need a licence etc but you can own AR15’s, AK’s and even hunt with them. On a standard A-Category license you are limited to no more than 7 rounds in a mag, must have a thumbhole/dragunov style stock (ie no pistol grips) and no flash hiders or bayonet lugs on semi auto firearms.

        However you can obtain an E-Category license (not impossible to do by any means) at which point you can have whatever size magazines you like, bayonet lugs, flash hiders, normal stocks and grips. The only downside is registration is compulsory for the E-Category guns. Also we have no minimum barrel length, instead it is an overall length of 30 inches.

        Pistols require an additional license and may only be used at approved range.

        • Well I’m very glad you are able to own firearms (those laws are certainly preferable to England’s, for example.) But by US standards those are pretty serious restrictions, largely negating the benefit of unrestricted suppressors in my opinion.

          • Kiwishooter

            It’s certainly restrictive by US standards, but it’s never stopped me obtaining what I want. The license isn’t really a big hindrance, you pay a one off fee and it’s more or less a formality unless you happen to have some serious criminal history etc. Makes me feel lucky thinking about the mess my Australian neighbors have on their hands…

          • Sianmink

            Yeah as things go, NZ is a gun haven, ready availability and fewer restrictions than pretty much anywhere else but the US and Canada, and very low crime besides. Still totally under the control and whim of the government though so it could literally change overnight if (when)something bad happens.

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        Yes. Norway. No laws regarding Suppressors whatsoever, neither on pistols nor rifles. No mag cap restrictions. Semi auto guns like AR/AKs and pistols are available for competition shooting.

    • Bob

      Stick them on your finger and go (pew, pew) ?

  • jamezb

    The “UZI” is a SA26 or variant thereof, and appears to be mostly there, although not all in the same place.

  • Joshua

    I forgot where I put those!

  • Jas

    Looks to me like some gunstore owner dumped his trashcan in the river. Many flame cut SMG’s. Might very well be the remains of a workshop that converted parts kits to real guns. Looks like they were dumped not too long ago. VZ 24 parts kits (with cutup receivers) are relatively recent.
    Interesting to see that there were both aluminum and steel Thomson lowers. Assume they were Auto Ordnance semiautos.
    Guess some gunshopowner did not want to get stuck with a pile of junk that might cause trouble when the ATF comes knocking.

  • CaptAmerica12 .

    My thoughts are that NY rivers will also have lots of extra metal in them as the Cuomo and the Democrats NY Safe Act goes forward. They hope (Hope and Change) it will become a future model for the country, as they continue to shred the US Constitution. Depositing them there is far better than turning them over to Obama’s ATF. Hitler and Stalin would have loved these guys.

  • echelon

    Wow. Someone really did have a “boating accident”. Whowuddathunk?