Underground Arms Watch - March Pt.2

Continuing with this month’s edition of Underground Arms Watch, we again report on the global cottage industry for the illicit manufacture of firearms.

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Underground Arms Watch - February 2020

Welcome to another installment of Underground Arms Watch series where we take a look at criminally made and modified firearms seized throughout the world.

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Underground Arms Watch - October Pt.2

Continuing from Part 1 of Underground Arms Watch, below are several more notable examples of criminally produced firearms seized worldwide by police and security services in recent months.

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Homemade MAC-11 submachine guns seized in Alberta, Canada

According to Edmonton police A Parkland County machine shop was being used to manufacture MAC-11 type machine pistols for the criminal underworld. The examples seized appear to be entirely handmade including the magazines and are each fitted with a silencer.

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Illegal machine gun factory raided, Santa Claus arrested

Last month police in Brazil raided an illicit workshop in the city of Belo Horizonte which was producing submachine guns for large scale criminal distribution, each gun apparently being sold for 3,500 BRL (around $1000 US) through a WhatsApp group. A 68 year old man who worked as Santa Claus in the city’s malls along with his step son (and presumably his chief elf) were arrested. Along with 19 submachine guns and manufacturing equipment police seized 7.62 kilos of cocaine and 10,000 US dollars.

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Homemade submachine guns used in Tel Aviv shooting

Earlier this month two gunmen burst into a restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, killing four people and wounding six more. The death count could have been much higher had one of the attacker’s weapons not reportedly jammed, CCTV footage appearing to show one of the gunman throwing his weapon down in frustration.

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Another mystery pistol with false markings seized across Europe

Here is another unknown machine pistol that I’ve posted a short write up on via the ARES blog. A number of these have been appearing in the hands of Italian and British crime groups, one even being seized in a Real IRA weapons cache. Along with the ‘R9-Arms’ pistol It appears most likely to be Croatian in origin with obvious false branding. It most definitely has nothing to do with Intratec or the real TEC-9 pistol.

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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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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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Australian Police: 10% of firearms seized are homemade

The new boss of the Firearms and Organized Crime Squad has revealed that at least 10% of firearms seized by police in NSW are homemade.

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Common illicitly homemade submachine guns in Brazil

Illicitly ‘homemade’ submachine guns feature very prominently in firearms seizures by police across South America, Brazil in particular. These weapons vary in their level of sophistication though a large number appear to be semi-professionally produced. In a recent study of over 14,488 firearms seized between 2011 and 2012 in Sao Paulo alone, 48% of submachine guns analyzed were reportedly homemade. Given the decent quality of many SMG clones, even that high statistic is probably significantly under reported.

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Home built M11 submachine guns seized in Australia

Australia’s garage-gun-fest continues with a fresh seizure of M11 submachine-gun copies reportedly produced by a jeweler, admittedly supplying up to 100 of the homemade weapons to local gangs.

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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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Examples of criminally made and modified firearms seized in Ukraine

A few examples from an article posted here briefly providing an overview of several criminally manufactured and modified firearms seized in Ukraine.

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