Gun Shops and Gun Laws of the Philippines

When people ask me about my hobbies, I am often hesitant to say “guns”, so my usual answer is “travel”. Frankly, it is both. And the more I travel, the more I understand that there are very few places in the world, outside of the US, that have an actual gun culture. More often than not, guns are a privilege available only to the rich and well-connected, and in very few places gun ownership is mainstream. But the Philippines are a good exception to that rule.

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POTD: Balikatan 22 – Special Operations Amphibious Raid

The hungriest beast of them all on this blog is our Photo Of The Day. It consumes hundreds of images every month, and it has been doing so for over 8 years. Above you can spot an Australian Operator with the 2nd Commando Regiment, Special Operations Command. He participates in an amphibious raid during Balikatan 22 at El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, April 1, 2022 .I don’t know what’s up with his magazine, perhaps the carbine is set up to fire blanks?

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POTD: U.S. Navy SEALs in Philippines

Photo Of The Day – Today we rock some pictures of U.S. Navy SEALs as they participate in a live-fire range during Balikitan 22 in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. There were also Australian Operators with the 2nd Commando Regiment, Special Operations Commands participating in the same event, who can be seen below.

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Russia to Donate Thousands of AKs to the Philippines

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte announced on 11 October that Russia would donate a substantial amount of defence hardware in support of the Philippine military’s fight against pro-Islamic State militants that have occupied city of Marawi since May. While exactly what equipment will be donated has not yet been confirmed the donation is said to include 5,000 AK-pattern rifles, 1 million rounds of ammunition and 20 military trucks, which would be a substantial boost to the Philippine military’s inventory.

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China Donates 3,000 Rifles to Philippines

On the 5th of October, China and the Philippines held a handover ceremony for 3,000 rifles in Manilla. China has donated another 3,000 rifles to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines in an effort to aid the countries war on drugs and terrorism.

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Glock Secures Filipino Law Enforcement and Armed Forces Contracts

This summer Glock has emerged as the winner of not only one, but two very substantial contract victories to supply the Philippines National Police and the Armed Forces. The first contract was awarded in June of this year to supply the Filipino National Police Forces with Model 17 Gen 4 9x19mm NATO handguns.

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Glock Wins Philippine Pistol Tender

The Austrian fantastic plastic handgun Glock has won a contract to supply pistols to the Philippine Department of National Defense, which will supply the new handguns to the Philippine armed forces. The contract award is for the supply of 74,861 Glock 17 Gen 4 handguns, which will be used by all branches of the Philippine military.

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Combating the Maute Group in the Philippines

We previously discussed the small arms capabilities of the so-called Islamic State-affiliated Maute group, we will proceed to cover the opposing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that have been successful in crushing the rebel uprising. Despite this success, there is still a rocky road ahead of the security forces when it comes to their task at hand. A number of these high-quality photographs are from a photo essay by David Sim on the International Business Times.

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Chinese Ex-Pat Underground Gun School

Thanks to Miles for sharing this.

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The Philippine X9 MAC-11 Clone

Check out this beauty that a Redditor recently posted on r/guns. It’s a pretty rough looking clone of a MAC-11 (M11) submachine gun called the X9 that’s chambered in 9mm. At first I thought it was just another Philippine made backyard special, but apparently they were actually manufactured and were available in the US at one time according to this out of stock listing and old Armslist ad. Anyone own one or know anything else about these guns? From what I can gather these things suck.

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BREAKING: Civilian Marksmanship Program May Receive 86,000 M1 Garand Rifles from the Philippines

The Civilian Marksmanship Program has received word that the Philippine government could be shipping 86,000 M1 Garand rifles back to the United States for distribution to American civilian shooters. Mark Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the CMP, commented on the possible upcoming delivery to The Firearm Blog:

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Philippines Gets A New SDMR

Thanks to Azril B. for sharing this new rifle development in the Philippines.

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The Philippine Militarys Suppressed Grease Guns

The M3 Grease Gun is one of my favorite firearms from WWII, it was ugly but it was simple, cheap to produce and they worked. In fact they worked so well that the  US Army used them with select units such as radio operators, engineers and vehicle and tank crews well into the 2000’s, supposedly. Anyone know how true that really is? There was also that M3 Grease Gun that was turned into the police last year, luckily the cops were cool and were trying to find a museum to take it. Over 700,000 Grease Guns were produced for the war effort, I’m sure still there’s a few more hidden in someone’s attic or barn yet to be discovered.

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Armed Journalists in the Philippines

There is an outstanding video that is currently on The Guardian about journalists in the Philippines stepping up and arming themselves against the horrible violence that has actually plagued some of them, most horrifically in the Maguindanao massacre where 34 journalists were picked out from a media convoy and killed outright. Also realize that this is a very small portion of the journalists in the Philippines who are choosing to go ahead with this, not every journalist in the Philippines is all of a sudden packing heat.

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Philippines Backyard Gunsmiths

The Philippines is one of the few exceptions to firearm ownership in Asia. It is so prevalent that people make guns in their backyards.

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