DIY Percussion pistols of Brazil’s “dashing” highwaymen.

One cannot suppress a certain sense of nostalgia at the thought of being forced to hand over one’s Air Jordan’s by a gallant gentleman of the favela wielding one of these contraptions, many of the examples below being whittled from wood and held together with hose ties.

The three pistols above were seized from a gang in Sao Paulo do Potengi. When modern ammunition is hard to come by, commonly available items such as matches and toy caps are often utilized in crude homemade muzzleloading weapons for hunting and even modern tribal conflicts in some areas of the world.






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