Some more illegal guns seized in Brazil

    Here we go again, my friends. Illegal firearms keep on falling to police hands in this neck of the world, and, as you may guess, these are likely to represent only a fraction of those which are actually in use by criminals. The purpose of articles like this is to give you an idea of what LE agencies here have to deal with regularly on a nationwide basis, not to mention what law-abiding citizens (generally unarmed, due to legal restrictions) may eventually encounter against them in the country’s streets.

    A gang that had participated in bank robberies in the Paraná State was eventually arrested in the neighboring São Paulo State by PMESP, the local Military Police agency. Weapons seized were a couple of 12-ga pump-action shotguns, an AR-15 platform, a full-auto-modified 9x19mm Glock 17 (dual drum magazine included, of course), and a RONI-type carbine kit (believed to be an airsoft variant). The accompanying EOTech sight and laser pointer fitted, however, appear to be the real McCoys…

    This illegal shipment of short-barrel AR-15 platforms (any ID clue?), plus a foldable-stock AK and a fixed-stock FAL was very recently seized in Rio de Janeiro’s central Santos-Dumont Airport by the DPF – Departamento de Polícia Federal (Federal Police Department). The weapons arrived at the cargo terminal disassembled and hidden inside a large industrial-size potato fryer. A smart, highly-trained Fed K-9 “agent”, however, located the guns, which allowed the subsequent arresting of the guy who came to pick the cargo up.

    One more example of a clandestine-made 9x19mm submachine gun (G36-style folding polymer stock) has come up in Rio Grande do Sul State. Weapon is seen here together with an occasionally-found-here 9x19mm Intratec TEC-9 pistol (notice shortened barrel and shroud), and two similaily-chambered Taurus pistols, a PT92AF and a PT809 model. Seized by the local Brigada Militar (Military Brigade).

    Another view of the same DIY submachine gun and the still-around TEC-9, a weapon which started life in Sweden in the early 1980s as the Interdynamic MP9/KG9 open-bolt subgun. It was, subsequently, transformed to a closed-bolt configuration (to comply with U.S. regulations) and manufactured by the Intratec company in Miami, Florida, until 2001 or so.

    Rio Grande do Sul’s Brigada Militar was also responsible for taking this hitherto unseen stockless SMG (or full-auto pistol, if you will) of clandestine manufacture away from the city streets of São Leopoldo. Chambered to 9x19mm and using what appears to be a 12-round pistol magazine, the weapon displays a decent finish, featuring a tubular receiver with the cocking handle at about 45 degrees to the left and the ejection port in an almost vertical position. The fully shrouded barrel (extension?) sports a wooden handguard and attaches to the receiver area through a screw mount. A screw-on sound suppressor is also fitted.

    Three unidentified 5.56x45mm AR platforms with different barrel lengths and a 7.62x39mm AK with an adjustable plastic composite stock are shown together with three 9x19mm pistols (two Glocks and a Taurus Series 800) on a PMERJ – Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro truck. Troops in the foreground armed with EOTech-fitted 7.62x51mm Armalite AR-10Bs belong to the Batalhão de Polícia de Choque (Shock Police Battalion).

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    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.