Moscow Police display confiscated small arms

The Moscow Police Force has put on a display that has been hitting the internet recently, specifically with this excellent collection of photos on The Chive, a website I still have no clear idea about the purpose of despite being aware of them five years ago. The collection is situated in a room, somewhere in Moscow, and includes everything from percussion muzzleloading handguns, to modern day submachine guns. however the key date in all this, is that the collection compromises confiscations starting in 1949. So these aren’t firearms that were taken in the 1800s and are now on display, these are firearms taken since 1949. Whether or not some of them were actually used by criminals is another matter, as perhaps some of them were taken off their owners for bad registration papers, death, and all other possible non criminal causes.  I think the heavy, water cooled machine guns interest me the most, in addition to all the homemade devices that are on display. The FBI Museum in Washington D.C. has a similar collection with 7,000 small arms, of all their confiscated small arms, some of which are on display, but I think the majority are locked away from the public.

The video below is not connected to the main stash of small arms on display, but is from a raid the Moscow police did in recent history, and it also showcases some interesting firearms as well.

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  • Lance

    Cool seeing the Chinese Type 81 on display there.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Pretty sure that is a bubba SKS

      • It is.

      • Anonymoose

        That’s the joke.

        • Suppressed

          The fact that Lance will make some idiotic posts and then make some knowledgeable posts like this that went completely over my head, is what keeps me convinced that he’s Trolling for Columbine.

  • Wow a one handed cocking pistol. Also a reverse blowback handgun. For those that don’t know look at the grips. Mann and Lignose are the hand guns I am talking about.

  • What is number four from the top? Number three from the bottom is also interesting. I know they are some type of AOWs but anybody got any more details?

    • Micki

      I believe 4th from top is the machete/stock for the cosmonaut’s gun (3rd from top).

      • Anonymoose

        TP-82 spessgun. They ditched them for MP-443s about 10 years ago.

        • Secundius

          Are you sure? Last I heard they were STILL being used by Cosmonauts on the International Space Station. Two 32-Gauge and One 5.45x39mmR…

          • Anonymoose

            Yes. The 32ga ammo hasn’t been produced in like 30 years so remaining stocks are considered dangerously unreliable now.

          • Secundius

            In the USA, or Soviet Russia? The Gun was Produced in Limited Quantities and to ONLY Special Unit’s or Bureau’s. The their Space Program and the KGB…

          • Anonymoose

            Russia. There has never been such ammunition in the US, or any other country for that matter. Also, it’s 40 gauge, not 32.

          • Secundius

            the Soviet Size was a 12.5x70mm, closest Western Equivalent in a “N”-Guage or 32-gauge…

          • Anonymoose

            Check your gauge charts again. 40 gauge is 12.4mm, 36 is 12.85mm, and 32 is 13.36.

          • Secundius

            I Stand Corrected! But considering there’s NO Mentioning of Cartridge Size for a 40-Gauge ANYWHERE that I can Find. I have to go with NEXT BEST…

          • Secundius

            An “N”-Gauge is a Breaching Round. In the US. it’s Known as the M1030 Breaching Round with a Powered STEEL Projectile ~40-grains (~1.4-ounces) with a 2-3/4 (70mm) Cartridge. In the UK, Known as a TESAR and uses a Solid Copper Projectile of the Same Weight and Cartridge Size…

          • Anonymoose

            Grams, not grains. 40-grain is a common .22LR bullet size.

            I checked the wiki page and I have to question the usefulness of a 3″ breaching round. If you can’t get it done with a 2 3/4″ you should probably save your shoulder and use explosives.

          • Secundius

            Your Right Grams, Not Grains (4 AM, what can I say). If the “Inference” is towards the British TESAR Copper Slug Projectile. That had Me Puzzled Too. Considering I Can’t Find Anything About What Kind of Propellant Charge is Used. I Suspect it’s a Kinetic Energy Slug. If Muzzle Velocity, exceeds 1,000m/s. Copper, Hitting a Solid Object (Like A Steel Door) Will Behave something Like the M256 “Silver Bullet” of the M1A3 Abrams Tank. Copper Projectile, will Turn into a High Energy PLASMA and Cut A Path Through the Door Much Like a Plasma Torch. And I Pretty Sure That Level IV Body Armor, WON’T Protect you from THAT Round…

    • Joel

      Any ideas how one of the Russian space guns ended up being confiscated in Moscow?

      • Well it is the machete stock for that three barrel space gun. if they were imported there are collectors who would buy them up due to how unique they are.

  • KestrelBike

    AR-7, the crappiest gun I’ve ever owned. If I had to stare down someone with a gun, I’d want him/her to have that one.

    • jcitizen

      Oh really? I had a set of Charter Arms AR-7s, and they made the best jackrabbit killing tool I’ve EVER had. We discovered that they ran better with dirt as the main lubricant – seems that aluminum on aluminum runs better that way. I don’t know how many thousands of rounds we put through them, with no memory of failure ( except when we tried to oil them). I bet I put over 30,000 rounds through each of them, and they still are none the worse for wear. I’ve not even had Ruger 10/22s that can brag about that!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Those are some ugly a-s guns.

    • yet several are machine guns and the others are quite rare and valuable.

      • TheNotoriousIUD


      • Anonymoose

        I just want dat MG34.

    • Giolli Joker

      The silent “derringer” is cool… call it ugly but it’s cool.

  • Al

    FYI, The Chive took the pictures from an article on EnglishRussia(dot)com.

  • wetcorps

    Looks like there are mainly things confiscated from illegal collectors, rather than guns actual criminals would use.

    Anyone knows what the SMG with top folding stock (fourth from the bottom) is?

    • Anonymoose

      It’s a Kiparis. It was designed in the 1970s by the Soviets, but never actually produced or adopted (by Russian police) until the mid-90s. I only found out about it because it was (anachronistically) in cowadooty- otherwise it’s not really notable to us in the West.

      • Giolli Joker

        It might be a piece for good fun at the range….

      • Tritro29

        Not a Kiparis, a GMS gas pistol. Looks like Kiparis, isn’t a Kiparis. Oh and Ots-02 was introduced, some of our “stripes” used them when I was under arms. Although it’s MVD special.

    • Evan

      The label says ZhMS-700, I think. I’m not sure on the first letter, but I think it’s Ж (zh), and the 7 could be a 2.

      • махатма ганди

        This Iceberg GMS 700 (correct name), pepper gas pistol, less-lethal modification of Kiparis SMG.

    • махатма ганди

      This Iceberg GMS 700, rubber gun, less-lethal modification of Kiparis. Prototype.

    • махатма ганди

      This Iceberg GMS 700, pepper gas pistol, less-lethal modification of Kiparis SMG.

    • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

      You know, that would explain why I think I can see percussion-cap revolver, and a bergman-bayard mars. I’m seriously wondering how they got that Russian astronaut gun in there, though.

      • jcitizen

        That’s what I was thinking. Maybe this is a compendium of the entire history of this kind of operations.

  • sean

    whats the forth picture up of?

  • HKmaster

    I wonder what model that Luger is… I’ve never seen something like that one before!

    • Tr Graham

      That was an Erma .22 caliber conversion unit for a Luger.

  • Gorilla Biscuit

    I kinda feel for the guy who imported the tec-9 illegally , only to find out it was a total POS. Then gets busted and goes to the gulag for the POS he thought would be awesome. At least that is the story I immediately made up in my head when I saw it…….

  • Jas

    The third from last (looks like a microphone) is actually a starter gun used in sport. It contains four blank cartridges that are electrically ignited one by one every time the button on the side is pushed.
    Most of the rest is veeery old or even antique.

    • Nigel Tolley

      Yeah, but I’d love that Vickers!

  • Greg

    How long before Obama says these guns came from American gun stores?

  • Laionidas

    Never knew Moscow Police also raided vault-tech complexes.

    • Secundius

      Russian Gun Ownership is not as Liberal as Their Russian Constitution claim to be. Putin, is trying to STAY ALIVE. Why give the Russian People the Means of Shorting HIS Survival…