Illegal Firearms Manufacturing in The Phillipines – AP Circa 1997

    Hunting for some fun items for our readership, I stumbled across some b-roll footage from the Associated Press which previously did an piece back in 1997. The video, which is obviously lacking the AP’s beautiful narration is nonetheless an expose into the manufacturing of arms.

    Cebu Province is normally known for its incredible beaches and tourist-friendly spots. Having visited it previously, I can attest it was a wonderful place (if I only knew of the firearms manufacturing, I might have loved it even more).

    Putting on my day-job hat, I come away incredibly impressed with the ability of companies to manufacture firearms without many of the complex, but highly efficient CNC machines that typify US and european based firearms (like what we saw at SCCY). By the video, some firearms are fully hand-fitted (and I would argue with some skill). Others, as one may expect, are crudely constructed.

    Still, they work. Revolvers revolve and MAC-10’s shoot full-auto.

    That, I am am also jealous that they likely are not managing serialized assets, which a firearms company in the US lives and dies by (just look to Stag Arms for what happens for violations).

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.