A FrankenSTEM-16…P5

Here’s an old article from Small Arms Review detailing a 9mm hybrid submachine gun made from a STEN parts kit combined with a registered M16 lower receiver. It fires at around 800 to 900rpm and has a 13 ounce bolt which was turned down from an original casted bronze example. It reportedly ran flawlessly from the get-go.

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'Table Leg Typewriter' DIY submachine gun prototype

Sent in to TFB is another concept design for an ‘afternoon’ DIY submachine gun of particular crudeness and expediency. The majority of components are laminated together from readily available square section steel tubing, owing to its namesake. Apparently the only thing that cost anything was the STEN mag and compression spring. The model shown is a non-firing mock-up dummy for the purposes of demonstration only.

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Simple and compact low-cost DIY submachine gun prototype

Here are pictures of a neat little submachine gun prototype sent in. It uses minimal components and can be constructed with very basic tooling in short order. The builder made the example pictured as a non-firing replica for obvious legal reasons.

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Expedient homemade submachine gun spotted in Indonesia

Banten’s police chief displays a P.A Luty designed expedient submachine gun equipped with suppressor as well as a crude homemade copy of a Thompson, both of which were seized from militants operating in Java.

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Hecho En Connecticut – 'Colt Comando' SMG

It doesn’t help that a large number of submachine guns churned out in the garages of Mexican drug cartel ‘engineering departments’ point the finger at the USA as their country of origin.

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Bill Holmes Homemade SMG (and others) Spotted In Australia

A few more interesting homemade submachine guns have appeared among firearms seized by West Australian police.

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DIY Box Tube MAC-11

Here is a neat little design for a very simple homemade M11 clone sent in. It is assembled mostly from pieces of steel box tube and bar stock telescoped together.

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Evelyn Owen's homebuilt .22 SMG

Here are some pictures of Evelyn Owen’s homebuilt .22 submachine gun made from bits of scrap steel and .22 short rifle parts in his younger years. Some time after a test firing session at a local beach, it was discovered carelessly left against a garage wall by his neighbor, who fatefully happened to manage the Port Kembla plant of Lysaght’s Newcastle Works. Impressed with his simplistic design he arranged for him to be transferred to the Australian Army Invention Board where he began work on what would later became the Owen Machine Carbine.

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Hand built submachine guns seized in Israel / Palestinian territories

Pictured are various simple hand built submachine guns primarily recovered by police in and around Haifa District. Yet more examples of how an infinite supply of cheap and effective firearms will always be available to criminals and the wrongfully disarmed.

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