Details Released of Black Market Pistol Shop Found in Britain
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- In August of 2018, the British Authorities raided a small shop operation in Sussex, England. The small shop was producing clandestine pistols for the UK black market. About a year later, two men associated with the operation were sent to prison. A third man had died while in custody.
From the news coverage, considerable more details about the shop and arms produced were released. There is a video on Youtube that reveals much.
The pistols produced were simplified copies of the Browning 1922 design. Semi-automatic pistols are not difficult to make but are harder to make work well than sub-machine guns or revolvers.
The Browning copy repeatedly fails to cycle correctly. However, it takes little to feed another cartridge into the chamber. It fires when the trigger is pulled.
The small shop operators chose not to rifle the barrels of their copy, to simplify production. At short range, up to 10 meters, the pistol would still be effective. They did not put any sights on the production for the same reason. In the video, you can see the projectiles are unstable and key-holing at very close range, perhaps three meters.
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