Thursday, August 31, 2017

Australian Gun Culture Part 21: Small Shop, Cut off, and Improvised Firearms

With the extreme restrictions put in Australian firearms law in 1996, those seeking firearms illegally have many avenues of obtaining them. First, the number of guns that was *not registered* provides a vast pool of factory made arms that can enter the black market. Second, the number of legal firearms offer a pool of firearms to be stolen. But of most interest is the third option: Firearms that are made in small shops, converted from existing guns, or are homemade by individuals.

The above pistol was converted from a simple single shot bolt action .22 rifle. It is simple and straightforward to make such a pistol from basic steel and wood. The machining is minimal. Rifling on such a shot barrel is not difficult if desired. From
A JUNEE man has appeared in court after police allegedly found drugs, a shortened rifle and ammunition in a room he had booked at one of the town’s motels.
Instead of a bolt action, a simple top break design is often utilized around the world.

Where break open shotguns are plentiful, as in Australia, cut off shotguns are a common tool of criminals. One was recently involved in the tragic shooting of a three year old girl. The gun was illegal. The possession of the gun was illegal. The possession of the ammunition was illegal. The gun was stored in an illegal manner. It did not matter. What mattered was the person who possessed the gun illegally was irresponsible and reckless.  This is the most common case where small children are accidentally killed with guns. The adults in the situation are reckless and irresponsible.

Simple slam fire blow back sub-machine guns are being made for sale in the Australian criminal market. Sometimes they include a silencer and extra magazines.  From
Backyard arms trader Angelos Koots admitted making up to 100 of the perfectly constructed MAC 10 machine guns - more commonly seen in war zones and believed to have been used in Sydney gang shootings - at his Seven Hills house.

The guns, sold with two magazines and a silencer, were of such quality that during "Mythbuster" style tests alongside a genuine MAC 10 they fired 600 rounds a minute.

Guns are 14th century technology. They are easily made with simple hand tools. Pakistan and African tribesmen make reasonable duplicates AK-47 rifles in primitive shops. With cheap, easily available power machine tools and welders, any hobbyist can make effective modern firearms.

When States try to stifle demand for firearms, Criminals, more motivated than most to acquire them, find a way.

In India, handmade single shot pistols regularly sell for less than $20.

Ammunition is not a problem. Gunpowder is easily made or salvaged. Primers can be made with little difficulty or diverted from legal sources. Cases are converted from the legal market or made from scratch.  Hundreds of millions of bullets are cast by hobbyists every year.  Other projectiles are easily substituted.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dean I think you just stated the perfect reason gun laws never work. they only make criminals out of other wise honest citizens that may be ignorant of very restrictive laws or the criminals can always make weapons or steal weapons. so you buy a safe what stops a criminal from holding a knife to the neck of you wife and demanding access to your safe. it wont work if you hate your wife but most of the time it will. If you really want to have a weapon for self defense it should be handy and ready to shoot any one headed for your wife or children. keeping your weapons locked up is not self defense. when I was a kid I woke up very late at night, we never locked our doors. I see a guy standing beside my bed holding a butcher knife, I just played possum. he left. next day I tell my Dad and from then on the doors were locked. another time we had a window peeper. My older brother had a starter pistol that only shot blanks. My dad got up from the dinner table and calmly went and got the starter pistol. walked to the front door opened it really fast and fired sever shots. the guy cleared a four foot picket fence like a crack in the side walk. My dad was a little sadistic when it came to window peeper. one frequently looked into our low bath room window. so my dad went to the lumber yard and bought enough 1x4s to cover an area 4'x 8' and ten pounds of number ten nails. I helped him sharpen all of the nails. He put them in the one by fours about two inches apart and laid the boards out side in front of the low window and covered the boards with fresh dirt so just the nails showed. then he put his 12 gauge shot gun with extra ammo in plain sight of the window. He came in one day after checking his trap laughing so hard he could barely stand up. Blood every where he said it looked like someone had done a war dance on the nails. I don't remember having any more window peepers. a trap like that now would be illegal but it was certainly effective.