Ukrainian gun traffickers with an acquired taste of firearms

During the beginning of the year the SBU (The Security Service of Ukraine) managed to discover and stop channel smuggling of some very powerful illegal firearms.

The gun traffickers seems to have had an acquired taste in both firearms and optics. For sure, this is not the average gun bust.

I have discovered at least one brand new CZ EVO 3, several CZ VZ. 61 Scorpions, SSG 08 sniper rifle, FN FAL (cloned?) as well as Kalashnikov with Magpul furniture.

Below: At least 12 VZ 61 Scorpions with magazines and manuals.

At the bottom of the post there is a comprehensive YouTube video of all of the firearms.

Translated to the best of Google’s ability from the source SBU.

The powerful channel to Ukraine smuggling of firearms and ammunition stopped Security Service of Ukraine as a result of the raid. The three intruders in Kyiv and Kharkiv, ordered components to small arms in Western Europe and the US, personally collected them and sold. Spare parts for weapons arrived in Ukraine by mail or couriers brought them to bypass customs. In Ukraine, trying to find buyers through specialized forums on the Internet.

During January-February SBU documented a number of cases of illegal supply and sale of firearms members of the criminal group. During searches conducted at the beginning of March habitats defendants in the case, police seized a large number of firearms and components manufactured by leading military enterprises around the world: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, the USA, Israel, Russia and other countries . Seized firearms samples submitted for examination.

Investigation Department of Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkiv region opened criminal proceedings under Art. 201 (smuggling) and Art. 263 (illegal handling of weapons) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Urgent operational-investigative actions are underway.

Looks like a brand new CZ EVO 3  and an Uzi.

The Uzi has very clearly no serial left.

If you know the sub-machine gun in the top please write in the comments.

Lots of handguns as well, even with suppressors.

It seems there an GP-25 under-barrel grenade launcher in there as well (low left).

Small FN pistol “Baby”, possibly this one, and the CZ Evo 3 and an Uzi in the background.

Sound suppressors.

Steyr Mannlicher, I think an SSG 08, with a Steiner rifle scope, not bad. FN FAL with Picatinny fore end.

The SSG rifle looks brand new and even has the Steyr Mannlicher sticker on the magazine. If you know anyone who is missing his/hers I’m sure the SBU would like to know.

The Steyr SSG 08 is a 6 000 USD rifle, plus the optics which I guess are about 3 000 USD.

Link to Steyr’s homepage for comparison:

Kalashnikovs, even with some Magpul furniture, and a Glock 19.

CZ 75 in the middle. Walter PPQ (mid left). Luger. SIG Sauers top right?

This looks pretty serious. Russian PK? (may be another bust)

YouTube video of the firearms. Brand new Beretta.


Ukrainian traffickers received foreign gun parts through the mail, assembled the guns, and then sold them online

It’s probably from another bust, but there’s an Steyr AUG there.

There’s a lot more to see at the SBU’s Flickr page.

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Brian Hert

    Looks like a PPS-43 in that one picture.

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    • Raven

      Do I spy a suppressed Stechkin APS in there, too? Right side, between the Beretta 92 and the Uzi.

      • jamezb

        Ping! -that you do. Stock is detached and at upper right. Wonder if they had the holster?

  • micmac80

    Smugling weapons into Ukraine ? Donbas where the war is ongoing had the europes lagest cashes of stored weapons enough to equip a 3milion men . Small arms were stored in abandoned coal mines ever since WW2.

  • EdgyTrumpet

    “If you know the sub-machine gun in the top please write in the comments.”
    This has to be a bait.

    • Caffeinated

      Strange. It’s not quite April 1st yet.

  • Kovacs Jeno

    The “mistery SMG” is a PPS (Sudayev). The Vz.61 Skorpions are 9 mm PAK tear gas/blankfirers, not real guns. Also some of the pistols are blank/gas or rubber bullet guns. Probably the AKs and other stuff is deactivated or “salute”. Much ado about nothing.

    • J.T.

      I was thinking the Vz.61s were 9×18 but you are probably right. It seems to be popular among the black market arms dealers in Europe to take blank fire guns and convert them to fire real ammo. I doubt it would be difficult for a gunsmith to replace the blocked barrel on the 9mm PAK Vz with a 9×18 one.

  • Sterling Hess

    Im pretty sure the spare barrel in the first two pictures is for a Robinson arms XCR.

  • Commenter

    These weapons may have been headed for the Donbass, as someone posited, but I doubt it. They rebels are being fully stocked across the eastern border with everything they need to keep the Ukrainian army busy.

    No, having recently visited Ukraine I believe these weapons are going to the civilians under the Kiev government. First, because there is a budding ‘2A movement’ in Ukraine. I was surprised at how many stickers on cars I saw, both in the capitol and out in the countryside, advocating for gun rights. “Surprised” due to the long history of gun restrictions for all the previous Soviet states that most of the population seemed ok with just a few short years before (i.e. my prior visit, before the government overthrow).

    Second, it shouldn’t be underestimated how the right wing militias have taken hold in the capitol city area. There are a buttload of them, and they actively recruit from the population. They’ll have a core of heavily trained (though how good the training is varies from militia to militia) people, then allow ‘civilians’ to come in and use their facilities – for a fee – with the goal of learning how to defend themselves in case the Ruskies come streaming across the border. The militias will kind of bestow a ‘reserve’ status on them, if they’re any good & the customer is interested.

    Some of these militias are quite influential, and have quasi-offical status with Kiev. ‘Duties’ run the gamut; from suppling recon support on the front lines in the Donbass, to doing behind the lines sabotage work. More often they’re the ones manning checkpoints the closer you get to the action. And it’s been well reported how a few of these more extreme-minded militias actually cause many (not all) of the cease-fire breaches we read about, usually when they’re afraid their government and/or the international community might be getting too used to the idea of not starting a shooting war with the RF on their behalf.

    All that, plus an increased number of civilian cops of all stripes, amounts to an unprecedented number of people in Ukraine (a number that’s growing by the month I think), interested in spending their money on what’s still officially banned. In fact, the country’s now much closer ties to the E.U. has resulted in an increased number and kinds of restrictions on guns & ammo that the average person has to deal with. The E.U. essentially makes that part of the ‘cost of doing biddness’ with them, especially since E.U. membership is something the new government is hoping to get someday.

    So I think this bust is just showing how what the government wants & what at least some people want are not in synch.

  • 22winmag

    Magpul furniture and American made consumer-labelled (non-military) optics appear in all kinds of Ukraine and Syria videos.

    Also, I have a funny feeling that M76 Yugo is an American made clone.

    • b0x3r0ck

      I’m pretty sure that Fal clone is a SA58. Right arm of the free world back in business.

    • USMC03Vet

      America makes good stuff.

  • Otm Shooter

    Scorpion Evo 3 looks like a semi auto.

  • TheUnspoken

    The photo of a whole bunch of scorpion subguns probably in .32acp with the description of powerful made me chuckle, kinda like all our high powered AR15s!

    The rest of the guns are a varied sort, almost looks like a personal collection. Berretta 92, looks like maybe a 71 or other small caliber Beretta, a Luger, HK USP Expert with jet funnel in either 9mm or .40, makerov, revolvers… Pretty good condition even cases, seems like it would be more useful to a civilian owner than equipping any force, with the huge variety in actions and calibers and magazines, though if going on the black market it might just be any gun they can get.

    • mcjagermech

      i think those Skoripons are 9mm

      • jamezb

        Yes, these are the large frame 9×19 skorpions,

    • Claus Økær Holdt Hansen

      Those are 9×18 or 9x19mm scorpions, look at the magazine 😉

  • Matthew Groom

    That is a barrel from a Robinson Arms XCR, unless my eye deceive. The AUG barrel looks different.

  • iksnilol

    I’m sad now, I’ve always wanted a Scorpion or two.

    • ostiariusalpha

      You definitely need a brace (pair) of them for the Vz. 61 in order to be a proper dual-wielding 80’s death machine. You can get away with just one if your physique is chiseled, and you have black leather gloves and reflective aviator glasses. James could pull it off.

      • iksnilol

        DAAAMN! My aviators aren’t reflective, though I do use black leather gloves on the reg.

  • Martin frank

    those are vz-82 skorpions jabroni

  • Ed Ward

    Fascinating–I’ve long been interested in gun-running/trafficking for years ever since a kid reading my Father’s Frederick Forsyth novels. It’s amazingly, bizarre interesting underworld so to speak most recently visited in the U.S via the true story book/movie “War Dogs.”

  • mazkact

    Poor lonely revolver cylinders.

  • Артем Калашники

    Your mystery gun is a KP44, a finnish improved copy of the PPsH-43

  • Jim Page

    Finger off the bang switch holmes…..