The Fake Rifles of Pakistan

The small arms markets of Darra Adam Khel have made themselves known throughout the world for the immaculate ability of talented Pashtuns to handcraft a large number of small arms and produce almost identical copies of numerous Western designs for over a century. In this episode, we look at a few rifles that were produced in Darra, along with their original Martini-Henry or SMLE originals. In addition, we take a look at a local monstrosity that is an 8mm magazine fed, M1917 Enfield action married with a Kalashnikov outline of a receiver and actual folding AKMS buttstock.

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Patrick R

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  • Anonymoose

    I want an underfolding bolt-action that takes 8mm Bren mags. 😮

    • Bucho4Prez

      Of course you do, you saucy minx you.

  • jack smith

    somehow “fake” doesn’t seem like the right word….?

    • Haulin’ Oats

      Fake is the right word for his accented Darra Adam Khel.

    • oldman

      Try Sloppy reproduction if fake does not meet your approval.

    • codfilet

      I agree. Should a 2017 copy of a Colt SAA be called a “fake”? Perhaps “replica” or “copy” might be a better choice. These gunmakers are skilled workers, whether you like what they make or not.

      • VanDiemensLand

        counterfeit methinks.

    • plumber576

      Artisanal small-batch functional homages?

      • WANDERLUST srt

        This comment really made me want to drink a craft beer.

    • Noishkel

      Yeah I wouldn’t use the word fake either. That denotes that it isn’t real, like a replica firearm presented as a real one. Which it obviously the case here. Illicit knock off might be a better term.

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    All I can say is “the horror…..the horror….”

    • SP mclaughlin

      One of these days Benjamin L. Willard is going to post here.

  • El Duderino

    I saw one of the documentaries where they had a gun like that Mauser action, but in .303 and full auto (actual Bren mags). Sort of like a really big RPK in .303 Brit. If it worked, totally awesome.

  • jonp

    I would go so broke living there. Id trade a goat for every rifle I saw.

  • Noishkel

    Oh what a surprise. It’s another story of the British trying to take everyone’s guns. :p

  • Devil_Doc

    I find myself curiously aroused by that bolt action, 8mm ak.

  • Benjamin Goldstein

    You really need to go there and Danao….

  • Reginald Pettifogger

    When in Peshawar in the early 60’s, a group of us took a field-trip to Darra Adam Khel, and toured several of the shops making both long and side arms.
    One shop was rigged out for “mass production” in that it had various belt-driven power-tools all powered by over-head shafts driven by a huge electric motor mounted outside the building – where the water wheel once was.
    SMLE’s were the main output (it was the current issue rifle of the Pakistani army), but also some remarkable M1934 pistols , stamped “Bretta”.

  • Mr Silly

    This has been the case since the 1800’s in Pakistan, or then Baluchistan, Hindu Kush. For a lot of countries, including mine, the demand for antiques has always exceeded the actual supply. Antique replicas are very common and their makers are extremely clever at fooling even experts. One example- “lantaka”or native bronze swivel-guns- a lot of people want something that looks about right, and looks “old” it will suffice.
    The casual collector who wants a jezzail to hang on his wall and will never shoot it, the non authentic replica, which has lots of lovely tribal decoration, good enough.
    Then you have brigands and strong men who, if it shoots 50 metres, it’s good enough. The accuracy is secondary. Think of an armed bank robber- he just needs a weapon to threaten- whether it is loaded or not or even has a firing pin- no one knows- but it is still scary enough to threaten.