Improvised "Chechen" firearms

From English Russia, original source unknown, "These are the Chechen homemade guns. There is a risk that the war will never end if they use such weapons..." No way to tell how accurate that description is -- Chechens are such bogeymen in the Russian press-pantheon that I always take anything ascribed to them with a grain of salt.

Assorted Russia, Part 65 (some NSFW stuff on this page) (via Kadrey)


  1. I’m not sure if these guns are more dangerous out the business end or for the person shooting them.

  2. I don’t know enough about the conflict to choose sides, but I can say that the Chechens deserve their reputation as bogeymen. I’ve seen videos of them beheading two captured Russian soldiers. Alive and kicking of course, or it would lose its propaganda effectiveness.

    1. Unlike Russia which has multiple torture camps and practices widespread assassination of dissidents?

        1. No, but describing rebels as bogey men when they’re under siege from one of the world’s most repressive regimes shows a ridiculous lack of perspective. Beheading people is less barbaric than what Russian security personnel are doing to their political enemies in government facilities.

          1. Think of it this way. Most Russians don’t give a hoot about Chechnya (or at least that’s a fairly safe assumption), ergo, many Russians would likely view Chechens as bogeymen. Just like many people here in the US view Muslims as bogeymen. Unjustified, yes. True, also yes.

          2. One difference between beheading, especially in this case, and torture in prison is that beheading on video is quite possibly one of the most terrifying pieces of propaganda one could dream up. We all tend to think of our bodies as one unit, especially when the head bone is connected to the body bone. The thought of having the two separated is bone-chilling to most people, to say the least.

            That doesn’t mean I excuse torture, far from it, but a bruised and battered dead body is less terrorizing than a headless body, especially when one contemplates oneself in that predicament. At least for me.

          3. I’d be quite grateful to be beheaded compared to weeks or months of torture leading to an agonizing death, thanks. Decapitation is a fairly quick and painless way to die unless you’re unlucky enough to be Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington.

          1. Tell you what: You show me one first-hand account from someone who had been beheaded and says that’s preferable to being tortured, and I’ll gladly agree with your position.

          2. At least the beheading’s over when your head’s been sawn off.  Torture stays with you forever, AIUI.

    1. Except for the chrome semi-auto pistol monstrosity most of these homemade guns appear to be factory barrels, chambers, and actions mounted to unconventional stocks.

      I haven’t figured out that pistol yet, though.

    2. Some of them look old enough, both in design and in rust, to probably qualify as ‘home-remanufactured’, at least.

  3. The two pictured here are almost certainly single-shot grenade launchers, similar to the old Russian GP-25 and it’s successors – simple, pin-fired, muzzle-loaded, trivially easy to build, and quite safe due to the low firing pressure. The rest appear to be largely Russian weapons with homemade stocks and other add-ons.

    It’s interesting, actually, because these days you can get perfectly functional AK copies from garage/cave factories in Pakistan – there’s little need to scrounge.

    1. “It’s interesting, actually, because these days you can get perfectly functional AK copies from garage/cave factories in Pakistan – there’s little need to scrounge.”

      I’d factor in the local civilian population. Russian troops on their how-many-years-has-it-been-now?th year of a thankless counterinsurgency quagmire are probably a trifle twitchy about any locals who have the means, or are suspected of having the desire, to take a few sneaky shots at them when their backs are turned. 

      So, if they roll into town, I’d expect them to round up some pretty motley specimens: various hunting and varmint rifles in assorted states of decrepitude(going by the rust, some probably disused, some probably belonging to fairly poor people who need something to plink at whatever is eating the sheep), some pawnshop pistols, along with whatever hardware was captured from, or abandoned by, the better supplied militants.

      1. Occupying troops hate those old bolt action rifles which can flatten a guy wearing the best body armor.

        Our troops in Afghanistan still confiscate bolt action Mausers and Enfields from WW2. 

          1. Quite true, many of those rifles would have reached that area during ww2, although many would have been manufactured in ww1

          1. Play with a Mosin-Nagant then switch back to a Mauser and you’ll think you’re in heaven.

            The Timney 3 lb trigger for Mausers is pure pleasure and simple to install. 

    1.  these aren’t exactly the greatest craftsmen around.
      I mean look at that gun, if it was a real craftsman that made it it would have had at least half a roll of duct tape on it.

  4. If you want to see real homemade guns just watch the episode of “Michael Palin Around the World” where he visits a street in Pakistan lined with gunsmiths making homemade AK-47s.  These weren’t shoddy things either, they were about as close to factory made as hand made can get.

    1. Makes sense. Pakistan has been filled with steelworks since… I dunno, ancient times? If people have enough access to casting and machine tools, they could be grinding out guns to spec as good as any factory.

    2. There’s a blog somewhere and a guy makes an AK receiver from a hardware store shovel. It’s a lot stronger than the standard issue.  ANd he used the shovel D handle for a stock just for grins.  I think he could make one in his sleep. 

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