Miscellaneous guns seized in Brazil's RS state

Ronaldo Olive
by Ronaldo Olive

Our unofficial series of articles showing illegal guns seized in Brazil by LE agencies will continue today with emphasis on the country’s Rio Grande do Sul (RS) state. You’ll see that most of the illustrated weapons resulted from the work of the Civil Police’s DENARC – Departamento Estadual de Investigações do Narcotráfico, but Brigada Militar, the local Military Police, also contributed to the effort.

A 7.62x51mm FAL and a 9x19mm Uru submachine gun as originally manufactured by Mekanika Industria e Comercio in Rio de Janeiro during the early 1980s. The simplicity of the SMG's design has made it frequently imitated in DIY illegal counterparts.
See what I mean? While keeping the general Uru configuration, this specimen captured last March, 2018, shows a shorter magazine housing, a reshaped pistol grip, and different fire selector (on the right side, instead) and ventilated barrel shroud. Note the two magazines taped together in an up-down position.
This other view of the same gun better shows the barrel sleeve and that a sort of conical compensator is fitted to the muzzle. The cocking handle is canted to the left side (right side, in the Uru), a bolt-open safety notch being present in the tubular receiver.
A variation on the same theme, this example sports a crude pistol grip, unusually large trigger and trigger guard, and no front sight fitted. After all, who needs that for a possible spray and pray close-in situation?
Two 9x19mm Argentine-made FMK-3 submachine guns (one with a sound suppressor) in the foreground, and (right to left) a similarly-chambered Halcon ML63 of the same origin, a 5.56x45mm Czech SA Vz.58 Compact, and a Ruger Mini-14 with foldable stock. The pistols? Who cares?
Reported as being chambered to 9x19mm, this vintage-looking submachine gun was a very recent (mid-June, 2018) capture in Rio Grande do Sul. My initial impression was that I was looking at a Bergmann MP18 or MP28, but then noticed that it did not have a side-mounted magazine housing, the handguard was longer, etc. Oh yes, the gun was given a modern touch: a Picattiny-mounted holographic sight! What do you say, TFB readers?
In addition to a single FAL, this captured arsenal included 14 AR and AK platforms, 21 pistols, thousands of ammunition rounds, and a lot of high-capacity drum magazines. All this was in the home possession of a man in the city of Santa Cruz do Sul.
Like everywhere, improguns of all types - and quality standards - are also made in Rio Grande do Sul state, more often than not falling into police hands.
Following the actual submission and scheduling of this article, this last-moment (July 8) police capture near the state capital, Porto Alegre, immediately caught my attention: a 7.62x25mm PPS-43 subgun, a type never before found here! The same cache included, a pump action 12ga shotgun (ID not clear to me), a .30 M1 carbine (heavily patched with electric tape), and three AR platforms (one is a Canadian-made NEA), plus assorted magazines. I could not confirm whether the Russian gun was in the original chambering (rare here) or converted to 9x19mm for practicability reasons.
STOP PRESS: This small photo of the SMG's receiver markings reached me a few hours ago. The "12" in a circle and the "1951" as a possible manufacturing date may indicate other-than-Russian origin . Any hints?

Higher res pix? Here: https://imgur.com/a/m3H1MAx

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.

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  • Rocketanski Rocketanski on Jul 11, 2018

    Wonder if any Obama/ Holder 'Fast and Furious' guns have made it down that far.

  • Paddy Paddy on Jul 12, 2018

    That shotgun is a Winchester 1200 or 1300 Defender you can tell by the triangular stock attachment to the receiver and that vintage smg looks like a Beretta Model 38 with a chopped barrel. There wouldn't happen to be users of such a weapon in the region who in the past few decades could have surplused them out as semi auto conversions or no longer functional wall hangers would there?

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