Crime Weapons Galore: These Didn't Make it to Destination

Ronaldo Olive
by Ronaldo Olive

In addition to the many firearms often falling into police hands subsequent to actual confrontations with criminals in Brazil, many weapons are seized on the way to their final, unlawful destinations. Much of this is credited to the PRF – Polícia Rodoviária Federal (Federal Highway Police), mainly along routes coming from bordering countries (e.g., Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina) from which a lot of this illegal stuff come. As you probably know, contraband/smuggling statistics generally reveal that only very small percentages of those are actually seized. What follows, then, is just an overview of recent confiscations so that you may get a general idea of the problems we have here.

This scoped .50 BMG bolt-action rifle assembled from a mix of components, together with a 7.62x51mm AR platform of unknown origin, was found in a car stopped somewhere along the BR 216 highway in the Mato Grosso do Sul State, which comes from Corumba, at the Bolivian border. Ammo supply was generous.
Glock pistols, mainly in 9x19mm, are highly prized by criminals in Brazil, which is confirmed by the large quantities seized by PRF agents in several roads, mainly those coming from the Paraguayan border.
This particular shipment of assorted rifles (12 of them) and pistols (33), plus magazines (106, drum types included), was found when it almost reached Rio de Janeiro coming all the way from Foz do Iguacu, Parana State. Yes, just across the border with Paraguay. The whole thing was hidden inside metal tubes carried in a pick-up truck. The Glock with the gold-plated slide in the foreground was engraved with the name of a Rio drug trafficker...
These 19 AR platforms, together with 41 assorted pistols and magazines, were found inside a car with fake Brazilian Army markings, but driven by a real Army sergeant (then arrested). They were about to reach Rio de Janeiro, and also came from the Foz do Iguacu region. Assorted drugs were included in the shipment.
In addition to the much sought after Glocks from Austria, Turkish-made Canik pistols (as the 9x19mm TP9 shown) are frequently found and seized by PRF while en-route to Brazilian unlawful hands.
For sure, various shapes of AR platforms consist in the more commonly found rifles intercepted in Brazil. They also tend to be the most used by criminals.
Glock 19 pistols are very often found fitted with full-auto fire drop-in kits and with (very adequate, for the intended use) 100-round twin drum magazines and shoulder stocks.
Although AR-derived stuff does not surprise anyone here, a Steyr AUG is still somewhat of a rara avis in wrong (and right, too) hands in this neck of the woods. The weapons shown were being transported in the baggage compartment of a bus coming from Cuiaba, Mato Grosso do Sul State, heading to Salvador, Bahia State.
This illegal (no sale/purchase documents presented) shipment of airsoft weapons and equipment also received the attention of PRF agents, mainly because the mandatory orange muzzle tips had already been removed from most guns.
It should be pointed out that PRF captures also include huge quantities of ammo, as shown. The seized (Colt?) AR platform was hidden in a secret underfloor compartment of an unsuspecting car together with a varied assortment of rifle and pistol rounds. The place? Guaira, Parana State, in the vicinities of the Paraguayan border region.
Other than standard (stocked, full-length barrels) AK types of different origins, more and more "shorty" models are showing up in confiscations. These shown in photo appear to be of the 7.62x39mm Zastava PAP M92 pistol genre.
Locally-made stuff also fall into PRF agents hands nationwide. In this case, three examples of a clandestine 9x19mm machine pistol model that is very frequently found in criminal actions in different parts of Brazil.

Higher-res pix here:

Ronaldo Olive
Ronaldo Olive

Ronaldo is a long-time (starting in the 1960s) Brazilian writer on aviation, military, LE, and gun subjects, with articles published in local and international (UK, Switzerland, and U.S.) periodicals. His vast experience has made him a frequent guest lecturer and instructor in Brazil's armed and police forces.

More by Ronaldo Olive

Join the conversation
2 of 49 comments
  • Tassiebush Tassiebush on Jul 09, 2018

    That scope on the .50cal looks a tad high and the stock is very low. Maybe it's so small children can sit on it like a seesaw and ride it backwards when it's fired...

  • R.D.P. R.D.P. on Jul 09, 2018

    Looks like we found the market for Keymod AR's,