Illicit, black market pistols are commonly available in India for about $10-$15. These pistols show a level of sophistication a bit higher than most. Hand craftsmen have been making semi-autos for as long as they’ve existed, much like Belgian and Spanish semi-autos or those turned out in small Philippine shops . . .
TALCHER: An illegal small arms unit was unearthed here and police seized firearms, including 31 Mauser pistols, 500 live cartridges, gelatin, gun powder, equipment needed for making gun, documents and a list of names and bank accounts. The unit was operating for the last four months.
At least five persons have been arrested in this connection. One of the arrested is a juvenile.
Acting on a tip off, a raid was conducted last night on the unit, operating from a rented house at Champasi here, and arms comprising revolvers and pistols were seized. Police then cracked down on the house of the owner of the illegal unit Tukuna Swain (40) at Paikasahi. Tukuna, however, managed to escape.
Many unsophisticated and ignorant civilian disarmament fans think that firearms will gradually be confiscated and disappear in their gun control dystopias. But when they see the reality of these small clandestine shops, the reality occasionally dawns on them. The gun control laws in India, for example, are severe. Guns, ammunition, tools, parts, components are all under tight legislative control. The result: a thriving black market in clandestine guns, mostly handmade.
Powder is scavenged from ammunition purchased or stolen on the black market. Shotgun and rifle cartridges are converted to handgun ammunition. They make use of relatively crude tools compared to an ordinary American hobbyist shop.
Consider what the shop featured in the linked article could have turned out with a Harbor Freight drill press, a $500 mini-lathe/milling machine and access to a 3D printer or small CNC machine. Then there are the many billions of rounds of ammunition stored in attics, basements, and garages. Remember too that 100 years is a resonable shelf life for modern ammo.
Many years ago, my father, a trained machinist, oversaw a shop full of women making munitions during WWII. He told me that revolvers would be very simple things to make with minimal machine tools. Simple sub-machine guns, even easier.
These are things every American voter should be aware of. The more you know the truth about guns, the less you’ll believe the lies and disinformation spread by gun control advocates.
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