Nigerian homemade revolving shotguns

Pictured are a number of makeshift revolving firearms seized by Nigerian security forces during multiple operations targeting gun runners. In one incident in August last year eleven soldiers were killed by a group of bandits who also “burnt down 4 operational vehicles and vandalized 2 others.” then proceeded to leave with “4 AK-47 rifles and one Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle belonging to the deceased soldiers.”

As well as 12 gauge shotgun shells, many of these guns use modified 7.62 ammunition.

The last picture shows weapons seized from herdsmen suspected of attacking a village in Southern Kudana in February this year.


  • yukon cornelius

    Somebody get these poor people some hoppes #9!

  • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

    I got one of these as a gift when I gave my bank details to a Nigerian Prince that needed help with some millions he wanted to get out of country….


    • Mekusapv


  • PK

    Interesting. Some of those are (likely quite functional) junk, while some of them appear to be smaller bore and well machined. Any of them prove the basic point you prove time and again… gun control is laughably ineffective, and humans are creative.

    • jcitizen

      That’s what I was thinking!

  • Fast Forward

    Download the ‘maintenance manual’ FREE today…..

  • Evaris

    I think I recognize one or two from fallout 4…. lol

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    This makes me sad.

    • LGM Commando 070
      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Im guessing the final exam at Russian colleges consists of the ability to post dumb pictures.

      • Well that’s depressing—

        • LGM Commando 070

          Don’t be depressed
          Buy more aircraft carriers and be PROUD

          • Russ Kell

            How many year financing can I get on an aircraft carrier? If I buy two do I get free planes?

          • LGM Commando 070

            Yes, Americans get everything for free. Just print more money, borrow more money, buy more spend more. Live BIG, son.

          • DangerousClown

            Do they still pay Russian soldiers in vodka and chocolate? I recall a time when soldiers over there were killing themselves, just so their families could get the death benefits. How’s that system working for you?

          • LGM Commando 070

            New VA study finds 20 veterans commit suicide each day – Military Times

            In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were dying by suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes.

          • DangerousClown

            As opposed to Russia, where the soldiers kill themselves while on active duty, due to hazing and abuse. Some great nation.

          • LGM Commando 070

            The BBC reported that in 2007, 341 Russian soldiers committed suicide. In 2012, the US Army reported 185 suicides among active-duty troops.

            “Beginning in 2008 the conscript service time in Russia was reduced from 2 years to 1; hazing occurs when second year conscripts abuse first year conscripts, this measure is intended to curtail the practice.

            In 2012, an estimated 6,500 former US soldiers died by suicide.

          • Longhaired Redneck

            Study debunked.

          • LGM Commando 070


          • john huscio

            As bad as you think it is here, its always worse in russia.

          • LGM Commando 070

            Depends on people, places, their financial state, their cultural preferences.

            In Russia some things are in general better and some things worse than in the US. For example, there are no ghettos and no BDSM freak street marches, and no summer camps for kids that indoctrinate them to become homos, much less people are incarcerated, much less veterans commiting suicide, better access to medical care for the poor, and lots of other things.

          • Longhaired Redneck

            Enough politics!

          • rooftopvoter

            Only if you bring the clip out coupons with you.

          • Snake

            Maybe free “shipping”!

          • HobgoblinTruth

            Russian govt doesn’t have money to modernize their rust bucket.

          • LGM Commando 070

            American government doesn’t have nothing but debt. Russian government at least doesn’t borrow from the future generations of the Russian people. So stop being arrogant, because debt is not something to be proud of.

          • Nicks87

            Who’s going to make us pay off the debt if we have 11 Aircraft carriers?

          • LGM Commando 070


            If not, then think about these new supercomputers, and these quantum computers in particular. Soon enough there shall be something like Bitcoin, but much more sophisticated.

            Then most countries should stop depending on the US dollar, and that alone shall change the situation.

            And the aircraft carriers are good for local conflicts against small nations, but a couple of high-tech torpedos, 4-5 missiles can turn an aircraft carrier into an aircraft warehouse.

          • Blackhorse

            Who is going to guarantee this new currency? China? Russia? Brazil? India? Not one of them has the credit rating nor payment history the US has with as a stable government. Contrary to popular urban legend, the US currency is the safest currency on the planet.
            No privately owned or traded currency will replace a major national currency ever.

          • LGM Commando 070

            The US currency is “guaranteed” with your grandchildren’s sweat, and even that might be reliable in case the debt should stop growing. It is not going to stop. So that guarantee is just a promise projected far into the future.

            And this future is going further and further and gets longer and longer. Soon enough it’s going to disappear behind the horizon.


          • Blackhorse

            And you still haven’t shown one other national currency that can replace it.
            I definitely understand the debt and am opposed to it. Which is irrelevant either way.

            By the way a aircraft carrier has enough air defense missiles by itself to defend against over a dozen missiles. That not counting it’s phalanx gun systems for close defense.
            Now a carrier doesn’t operate by itself, it travels in a carrier group which consists of multiple Aegis vessels and other escort vessels that defend against all threaats.
            Aircraft Carriers can defend sea routes which will be needed to fight any peer to peer. Then they can be used as area denial weapons or threaten/attack other sectors/fronts that will require the enemy to distribute their forces more thus weakening their own concentration of forces.

          • LGM Commando 072

            There will be no national currecies. It is stupid even to assume that the world is going to continue to operate like this forewer. Soon enough, a huge crisis is going to happen, and then a new global currency will be created. That is going to be based on digital currencies mining technology, but much more sophisticated, mining will be done on supercomputers, perhaps even quantum computers. All transactions will be controlled by one central global blockchain.

            The US, EU, China and Russia are going to control this system. Read this:

            Russian Researchers Claim First Quantum-Safe Blockchain

          • jcitizen

            Yeah, we learned how NOT to lose a carrier from WW2. I’d wager a hunter killer submarine is ghosting the carrier group too. Not that anti-submarine aircraft aren’t effective from the carrier itself.

  • Ratcraft

    Umbobo makes the barrels. Omfufa makes the triggers. Djarimbu forms the receiver and Jamal shoots Tyrone…. da frick is dis?

    • Nicks87

      You forgot about Abdul who reads from the holy book and sends them out on their mission.

  • 22winmag

    Do these FIREARMS come with a multi-million dollar rebate by wire… or do you get your bank account drained?

  • Brett baker

    Seeing how these could be scaled up to 40mm, glad I ain’t in Nigeria.

  • 40mmCattleDog

    The majority look horrendous but that little musket carbine 2nd picture down 2nd from the left with the blue sling looks freaking cool.

    • mazkact


  • Nicks87

    I wonder how many elephants and rhinos were inhumanely poached with this garbage.

    • Y-man

      Frankly: in the area these were arrested: NO Elephants and NO Rhinos. It is in the Savannah: hot, dry and arid mostly. Some deers, hyenas, leopards, porcupines, etc… You could come across some Hippos sometimes too…
      Not to say that poaching does not happen: it is simply not as deep or as widespread as you might think. I can almost guarantee there is no Ivory or Rhino Horn trade here unlike in EAST Africa. We simply do not have the vast wildlife they have there.
      These weapons are mainly used in banditry, attacks on isolated homesteads, cattle rustling etc.

  • alex archuleta

    How is it that these things Fire and haven’t all blown up? I’m surprised they all don’t have destroyed barrels especially the modified 7.62’s.

  • Maxpwr

    Wonder what Y-Man thinks of this. He was a Mossberg shotgun owner from Nigeria who used to post on here 2-3 years ago.

    • rooftopvoter

      Was thinking the same thing. Wonder where he is.

    • Y-man

      Y-man is here, alive and well. Well, under some pressures and undue attention from some bribe-seeking “boys in blue” (or camouflage)…
      But I’m good.
      Wow. About these guns: we see the local news reports about them all the time here… but there is a bit of a dichotomy. These were retrieved from mainly cattle rustlers (and opportunistic kidnappers) in the NORTH West axis of Nigeria.
      When you come further South, you come across more polished examples of locally fabricated firearms. These even include locally fabricated copies of semi-auto Pistols: the favourite being “Beretta” models.
      In the South: in the black market, it is easier to buy Turkish or other Pump-action shotguns, as well as what they call “automatic” [semi-auto repeater] shotguns.
      The relative availability of these does not stop desperate criminals and hoodlums from fabricating [usually single shot, break open] shotgun-pistols…
      These shotgun pistols have become so prevalent that most people do not realise that shotguns are guns which fire shot, and are not “short-guns” as they believe…
      They are used in robberies, [what people here call “small-small armu robber” – “armu” is not an error: that’s the common pidgin language pronunciation…] especially by roving teams of thugs on “Okadas” [motorcycle taxis or scooters] who prey on workers waiting for the bilus to work, or coming back from work…
      Some of them have been known to take chance attacks on lone policemen to grab their AK47s [Chinese models firing 5.45x39mm] but this is rare – they do get “wasted” quite a lot: killed in the act, or mobbed and jungle-justice applied, or ratted out by their fellows for a few nairas later. [Naira: Nigerian currency: NGN 365 to $1]
      They do a lot of home invasions too: and in many, people get shot, especially nowadays that most people do not have large amounts of cash at home, or in the shop any more…Nigeria is finally joining the rest of the world in “cashless” operations: debit cards, POS, online transfers… I know of an entire family that got shot in the head: all survived, but Father, Mother and middle son all permanently blinded by pellets.
      Like I said – there is a clear “dichotomy” in the functional and intimidation factor in terms of illicit, improvised firearms in Nigeria: these items seen in this article are in the North, they serve mainly against unarmed cattle herdsmen, and civilians. In the South: you would see more of AK 47s with the robbers… Of course: in the North, there are a lot of REAL weapons too: product of Boko Haram guys driven out or deserted from the North East – but they simply are not that many.
      In the South: many AKs stolen from Police [some “donated” by corrupt cops] and many other firearms including some received as payment by certain cartels for stolen crude oil. There are guys off-shore with tankers buying the stolen crude with dollars, cocaine, heroin, Meth, and guns. Guns which are then used for robberies, car-jackings, kidnappings and other crimes…
      All the while – the Navy steams past on patrol a few nautical miles away…
      As we say here [Based on a line from our old British Colonial National Anthem] “Nigeria, we hail thee!”

      • Mr. Smith Wesson

        Thanks Y-man — really miss your writing. (BTW, your English, while always great, is now perfect!)

  • john huscio

    Taurus looks to have a huge market in nigeria.

    • DangerousClown

      That’s their R&D.

  • Ajunta Pall

    Boomsticks, but no dakka

  • HobgoblinTruth

    That little Russian troll “forgot” to mention that Russian private companies are in debt problems and their debt free govt is running out of money to bail them out.

    Whats gonna happen when those companies go belly up and Russian govt loses huge amounts of tax money?

  • robocop33

    I would NOT be willing to pull the trigger on any of these so-called firearms. Heck, I would not even want to hold one if it was loaded!

  • LGM Commando 070

    About 20% share of the US External debt is owned by China, about 20% by Japan. Both countries are in the highest rates debt also. And about 30% is owned by the off-shore banking cartels. This is the portion that is growing faster than others.

    And if China is capable to handle its debt, thanks to the outstanding growth of the GDP, the US can not do that.

    Even if the US could cut its expences to the level of something like Mexico, it would still take at least 3-4 generations to compensate for the excessive spending of the last couple of decades.

    The US is going down the spiral and it’s going down fast. And the reason this celebration of life has not come to an end so far is that most countries are still using US dollars.

    But soon it is going to change. Soon enough.

    • Blackhorse

      Don’t know where you get your figures from.
      Japan and China both hold about 7% each which us 14%.
      Over 67.5% is owned by US citizens and US entities.
      The remaining 18.5% is held by other foreign countries and entities.
      China’s GDP has been dropping for years and no sign of growing faster any time soon. Its still positive but not even close to what China claims. Contrary to their fake public numbers commodity orders have been dropping for years and bankruptcies of companies and individuals has been rising. China even admits most of their government owned/controlled businesses are being subsidized by the government to keep them open. IE they’re losing money.

      Its true that our debt will take generations to repay. Heck nations are still paying off WW1 and WW2 debt today.

      This debt is in T Bills. If China tried to collect their “debt” the US could either pay it off with more T Bills, print money, or both. Now what would usually happen is China would have to sell it on the open market. The T Bills would be valued at its maturity at the time (less than face value). This flooding of the market would cause the “value” to drop even more and China would get even less money than it was originally worth let alone it’s maturity. There are enough buyers in the market that it will get bought in short order. No crisis or collapse of the US economy.

      • LGM Commando 070

        You are confusing external debt with national debt.

        • Blackhorse

          Sorry I miss read it or something, but your numbers are still wrong.
          China and Japan each own a little over 30% external debt.
          “External Banking Cartels” whatever that is supposed to exactly mean (which is irrelevant since the same buying and selling rules apply) is closer 20% since foreign governments (including China and Japan) own close to 80% of the external debt.

          People are investing in the US debt (including foreign banks) because most economies are slowing or worse and oil is down (plus Russian sanctions). Its the safest investment out there in a down economy.

          • LGM Commando 072

            It’s not “external banking cartels”. I said “offshore” cartels. Look it up, it’s called “offshore financial centre” (OFC). For example, UK and Switzerland host a lot of them.

            And these “people”, investing in the US debt do it not because most economies are slowing, or because oil is going down or the Russian sanctions. The reason is that when the crisis begins, the US will have to return the debt with a pound of flesh and these people want to get it, and will get it. So, for them, it IS a good investment. However, for common folks, all that is different.

            Understand that these people are not like us. These people live in a different world, by different rules, and to them we are something like farm animals. All that talk about how America is “exceptional” is needed to create an illusion to make people believe that what happens in other countries can’t happen in the US. Because it’s so “special”. But it isn’t.

      • andyandersonusa

        In this issue of debt, we know that the PRC repudiated paying any debt from the previous regimes when they seized power after WW2. The legal and legitimate claim is 99 years, so if China dumps dollars, cannot the US claim parity with Chinese debt long unpaid and still technically accruing interest?

        • Blackhorse

          The dollar is still in huge demand because the economy and government are so stable and strong.
          Maybe they can but it doesn’t matter. If China tried to sell all the US debt (T Bills and bonds) they would flood the market and get bottom dollar for it. They might be lucky to break even and it would only cause more money to flee China while their market implodes.
          That would hurt China way more than the US.

  • really.really!really?

    I wouldn’t get out of the Electric Chair to shoot one of those.

  • darrell_b8

    Just another day ‘in the hood’….