Describing it as a “Roman candle without a fuse,” Mark Serbu takes a look at the science behind the maniac assassin’s electrically-fired black powder SXS shotgun tragically used in Japan recently, a country with probably the strictest and most efficient gun control in human history.
Keep in mind that the mad scientist/gunman was an unemployed 41-year-old unemployed forklift driver whose only martial background was a short stint in the Japanese Navy as a Quartermaster striker.
I’ve met and talked to Mark dozens of times and he is probably one of the smartest guys in the gun industry, so his take is interesting.
Stumbled across this mash-up.
Pipe rifle? Han Solo send-up? 9/10 would buy if sub-$500 either way.
The backstory on it is that it was found by Slovakian police and is about as homemade as it gets. Still, I kinda dig it in an apocalyptic armorer type of way.
While the collapsible wire stock and corncob forearm catch the eye, the milling on the receiver looks time-consuming but strangely reliable in an Iron Curtain kind of way. The optic looks like a Warsaw Pact PU-style scope commonly fitted to the WWII-era Mosin 91/30 sniper rifle. The magazine appears to be from a Czech CZ 452 series .22LR rifle, a caliber that is backed up by the card seen in the photo.
Romanian guns coming
As a slightly more refined effort at factory-made small arms from all points East of Bratislava, news also popped up (that I covered at Guns.com) of Century importing new Romarm (Cugir)-produced underfolding WASR 10s and PSL designated marksman rifles, the latter complete with shitty Warsaw Pact optics.
If you are a fan of Romanian AK variants, CAI has your number, just don’t expect 2001 prices
Meanwhile, from Russia (without) love…
And from the Motherland comes the news that the Russian-based Kalashnikov Group is working on the new AK308, an AK model in (surprise) 7.62x51mm NATO (wait for the purists to argue that .308 is not 7.62N and vice versa).
That magazine, tho…
With an empty weight of 9.4-pounds and overall length of 34.7-inches at its shortest with a collapsed 4-position stock and 16.4-inch barrel, the select-fire AK308 is roughly comparable to a stubby AR-10 variant, sans the Stoner lineage. Use of an optional side-folding stock enables the gun to compact down to a handy 27-inch package. Chances of ever seeing on on this side of the Atlantic? Nyet.
Using subscriber comments and about $35 worth of material, garage gun maker AK Custom crafted a classic potato gun but added some very 19th Century styling to set it apart.
While the spud-gun itself is made with a few pieces of schedule 40 PVC and fittings, the carriage is crafted from a few boards, some eye-bolts, a length of a fencepost and some repurposed cartwheels. The neat features that make the potato-launcher more of a replica cannon include some trunnions made from a length of a broomstick and a wick-hole for good ole’ green cannon fuze made from a rivet.
Interesting design. Want to see it in action?
Blowback action, it uses a gas tube from a Saiga coupled with a bolt group, top cover and recoil spring from an 8mm Mauser Yugoslav M-76 rifle with a firing pin and locking piece from an HK91 modified with a Suomi bolt head and an AK-style ejector.
The fun thing is since it’s a featureless stock and the drum mag is welded to a 10-round limit, the gun is California compliant, earning it the name “Cali Commie Tommie gun.”
In all, the gun took three years to build, and once he field strips it out, the weirdness really starts to set in. Somewhere in the Khyber Pass, an assembly of artisanal gunsmiths in man dresses and pakol hats are getting ready to offer this guy a guild membership.
I talked to the guy behind it, V8 Merc, after I covered it at Guns.com and he was just flabbergasted that people dug it.
“It is humbling to see my build get well received by others out there. All I was doing when I made it was to create a unique rifle I envisioned 3 years ago,” he said.
Can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve for 2020.
With some 10th-grade metal trades skills, the guy over at Farm Craft brewed up an AR lower from 265 beer/soda cans.
Nothing really high-tech involved. He melts the cans down in his foundry furnace, first into muffin tin ingots and then pouring the molten recycled aluminum into a plywood and sand mold box.
Cutting off the sprue and machining out the billet, he threads and mills until he gets a relatively mil-spec receiver to which he drops in a LPK, attaches to an upper, and rips some rounds through.
Now if he could turn an AR lower into a can of beer, that would be magical.
Remember to recycle!
Police in Edmonton, Alberta, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, found a pair of full-auto DIY MAC-11’s (out of an estimated six made) complete with matching suppressors as well as other sundry illegal arms last month.
Police say that a half-dozen MACs were made, but only two were recovered. (Photos: Edmonton Police)
Made in a machinist’s shop without his knowledge, “The MAC-11s were fully automatic, with one trigger pull resulting in the entire magazine of 30 rounds being fired in just seconds,” according to a release.
They also recovered a very interesting little Beretta M71, a .22LR famed for its use by Mossad agents ‘ala Munich.
More in my column at Guns.com.
Garage gunsmith Royal Nonesuch revisited a tiny revolver project of his and, with simple hand tools, produced a triggerless two-shot handgun in .22WMR.
The gun isn’t made for long range precision work, and it can best be described as a two-shot single action pepper box sans trigger, but the aesthetic of the brass grip kind of sets off the neat little (legal) zip gun.
But don’t expect any accuracy on a gun with no sights and a thimble-length barrel.
ECCO Machine crafted a home-built ultra-lightweight bolt-action repeater that tips the scales at just 18.9 ounces empty and it’s really sweat.
Comprised mostly of ABS plastic, Carbon Fiber, Aluminum, and Titanium, this rifle uses a 5-shot Savage mag and fits in a backpack, and is 17.2-inches long when compacted for storage.
If they could market it for less than $300 I think they could sell 50,000 units the first year. Better yet, sell the plans in CAD and paper formats along with an 80 percent kit for half that. Just saying.
In an accompaniment to the captured 1911 from yesterday, I think this is interesting.
Ian with Forgotten Weapons takes a gander at a cottage made M1911-ish pistol that has a lot of the same features of a GI longslide, namely the long slide.
A number of these homemade garage guns were built by VC units in South Vietnam that had a hard time getting good Chicom gear shipped down the Hồ Chí Minh trail and, captured by U.S. troops, were brought back as war trophies.
The gun that Ian has, from the Gerard Ruth collection, lacks a safety (though it has a lever for one) a mag release button (though it has a rotating keeper on the bottom of the well) and is constructed with mild steel using brazing. The internals are very 1911 like–except for a lack of locking lugs on the smoothbored barrel, brazed-in breechblock and blowback action. It also has some Spanish and Soviet mechanical additions but don’t worry, they are merely ornamental in function.
Yikes is the technical term.
Sure, his trigger/muzzle control is suspect at times, but this kid, who goes by the YouTube name of RoyalNunsuch, has pretty much got a handle on a homebuild blowback action semi-auto 9mm Grease Gun remake that uses Glock 33 rounders.
She isn’t pretty, and there are some jams, but it’s only the second time the gun has been shot.
What were you building at that age? Heck I have a (semi-auto) STEN project that I have been circling back to for the past two decades and still haven’t gotten to the firing stage yet.
Those welds though. Hell, I know a hippy chick in Florida that welds better than that and she is in the business of selling empty boxes.
More backgrounder on the gun in my column at Guns.com