A very simple improvised percussion firearm

by ImproGuns

Pictured is a type of muzzle-loading improvised firearm sometimes encountered in Russia. The barrel usually consists of a length of steel or copper pipe, either capped off or hammered and folded shut at it’s breech end. A hole is drilled on top over which toy caps are placed and held by a strip of tape. It’s hammer consists of a bent length of metal bar attached to it’s handle which is allowed to snap down onto the toy caps with the aid of an elastic band or tension spring. Sometimes a trigger in the form of a simple hook is added, or more often the user simply pulls the hammer back and releases with their thumb.

Crushed up match heads are often used as improvised gunpowder with a lead projectile or ball bearings loaded in front. The basic mechanism is very reliable and the ignition area somewhat waterproof, offering an advantage over a basic matchlock design.


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  • Phil Hsueh Phil Hsueh on Jul 14, 2015

    Interesting, so it's a primitive form of cap and ball gun with toy caps for percussion caps. Even more interesting that they still sell caps in Russia, I can't remember the last time I've seen caps, of any kind, sold here in the US, at least in CA.

    Btw, the possessive form of it is its, with no apostrophe. It's is an abbreviation of it is.

  • Rock or Something Rock or Something on Jul 14, 2015

    When an Obrez Mosin pistol is just too tacticool.