One of these Guns is Not Like the Others

Sing along with us, kids:

One of these guns is not like the others;
One of these guns just doesn’t belong.
Can you guess which gun is not like the others,
Before I finish my song?

(Puzzled international readers, that’s from a long-running and hell-for-saccharine TV kids’ “educational” show which everybody’s mother made him watch at least a few times). Now that we’ve had our sing-along, here’s the photo. Which one doesn’t belong?


The photo ran a couple months ago in the always entertaining Impro Guns website, with this heading:

Locally produced firearms seized in Ghana

And all of the pistol-things on the table are, indeed, the sort of thing you’d expect from Ghanaian village blacksmiths — except the Luger P.08 that’s the second one back on the right.

Wonder what its story is? Unfortunately, some Ghanaian copper has probably already either thrown it into a smelter, or sold it back onto the black market.

The constant panoply of odd creations that turn up on Impro Guns illustrate many things, but one of the major ones is, “What a simple machine a gun is to build,” and another, “How universal the desire for firearms is,” Most of these improvised guns are made where strict gun control reigns, or tries to. A great many of them are made by criminals and terrorists. Others, however, seem to be the product of hobbyists, and still others, made by or for people who simply feel a need for self-defense, a need that is never met perfectly by The State.

Indeed, in most strict gun control jurisdictions, the state makes nearly no effort to step in and defend its disarmed populace. Look at LA or Chicago, with hundreds and thousands of murders respectively, most of which go unsolved even though none of them seem to be committed by criminal masterminds. So at some point, the peaceable and formerly law-abiding person breaks out and builds himself, or has built for himself, a tool of self defense.

The criminal element, meanwhile, skips simple defensive handguns and long guns, and goes right to making suppressed automatic weapons, as the police in Australia have discovered. The Australian gun ban (semi-autos and pump and lever shotguns) has not seriously inconvenienced the criminal element, which is well armed with auto weapons on the conceptual level of the Sten or Mac-10. Criminals used to avoid these weapons because of the disparity in consequences for getting caught with one, vis-a-vis a revolver. Now, a criminal is as well hung for a sheep as a lamb, and goes direct to St. Valentine’s Massacre capability.

The only consequences you can always count on are unintended consequences.

Note: we’re still running late here, over 12 hours behind schedule, for which we beg your forbearance. Your Humble Blogger has been a bit under the weather, and dealing with it by drinking plenty of fluids, skipping PT (unfortunately) and spending plenty of time snoring in the recliner with Small Dog Mk II. These are wondrous and joyful activities indeed, but they don’t get the blog written on schedule. Bear with us — Ed.

15 thoughts on “One of these Guns is Not Like the Others

  1. robroysimmons

    I’m waiting for the Mexico to America pipeline to deliver the “real” stuff to the streets.

    Speaking of not like the others I was perusing gunbroker for one of those STG-44 in .22 when I noticed that one had a min bid for $7500, turns out one of those imports is up on the board.

  2. James F.

    In an essay (undated, but pre-2000) libertarian writer L. Neil Smith wrote

    Before anyone proposes more gun control, he or she should know about a simple, deadly weapon 4 times as powerful as Dirty Harry’s legendary .44 Magnum — and at least twice as concealable — that can’t be controlled.
    This simple, deadly weapon can be made by anyone—even a child—with unpowered hand tools in an hour’s time using $5 worth of materials, most of which are available around the house anyway. In traditional form it’s reusable an unlimited number of times, and modern plastics have rendered its disposable version electronically undetectable. You can clear a room with such a weapon (more of a hand-held directional grenade than a gun—sort of a recycleable Claymore mine) and it’s just one of hundreds of similar time-proven designs.
    Complete instructions for building this simple, deadly weapon could be given in half the space I’m using here and not require a single illustration. Or it could be done as a line-drawing and not require a word. Either way, the results would Xerox splendidly and reduce, for effortless distribution, to the size of a 3X5 card.
    No, I’m not making this up.
    Self-styled liberal academics and politicians generally suffer an ancient Greek prejudice against the manual trades and often fail to comprehend what it means, with respect to banning weapons, that we’re a nation of basement lathe-operators. Americans unknowingly tend to follow Mohammed’s precept that, whatever a person’s station in life, he or she should also do something manual, if only to stay grounded in reality. And if there’s any lingering doubt about the ease of basic weaponscraft, ask the Israelis who, early in their nation’s history, turned out submachineguns little more complicated than what I’m discussing here, in automotive garages lacking even a lathe.
    Civilized restraint precludes my describing the weapon in any greater detail here. Many gun enthusiasts will know by now exactly what I refer to, anyway. It’s in everyday use in much of the Third World, especially where governments foolishly believe that they’ve outlawed weapons. But that, of course, is impossible—unless the same governments want to try repealing the last 1000 years of civil engineering.

    See Armies of Chaos at if you want to read the whole thing. The “civil engineering” refers to the custom of getting water through pipes.

    Prison architects and builders have to devote some time and ingenuity to keeping their charges from acquiring round hollow things.

      1. SemperFido

        Gawd can you imagine shooting one of those things? Those skinnies don’t have the thickest wrists in the world. Even with hand-loaded soft rounds it would still be a bear.


    A minor correction Hognose. Lever action shotguns are still available in Australia. Unfortunately though, the gun banners have recently discovered this and there us a furious campaign underway right now to ban these rapid fire instruments of terror due to them being used in vast numbers of crimes. Or so the lying banners claim.

    The campaign is being actively resisted and will most likely fail simply because it’s based on obvious bullshit.

    1. Hognose Post author

      We have to fight this nonsense whether it’s in the USA, Australia, Russia, anywhere. Gun rights are human rights, everywhere.

      1. Y.

        Good luck with that.

        Clinton winning the election puts the nail in coffin of 2nd amendment. Europe is screwed, because the inevitable future terror attacks are going to be used as excuse by the EC to curtail gun rights even more. They were at it before Bataclan, and they won’t give up now. Even if MEPs shoot it down, they’ll keep trying, forever.

        The good folk at Firearms United ( are trying hard to prevent that, but it is a hopeless fight. More kebab and means more security threats, more blacks means more crime, forever, which means gun rights on an EU level are doomed.

        There is no will to the stop the immigration. That’d require invading Libya and preventing people from boarding the boats north. Assuming Turkey cooperates, which is doubtful.

        Rights without power are just wind. And brainwashed, mind-killed population has no power, and all efforts to wake it will be decried as hate speech.

        The culture conflict in Germany in regards to this is already getting quite surreal..

        – a magazine for mothers outlining how to suss out secretly right-wing families. Warning signs: blond, cheerful, conservatively dressed, kids possibly quieter…

    2. James In Australia

      November is when the Australian State and Federal Police and Government parties are meeting regarding reclassifying Lever action Rifles and Shotguns and Pump action Rifles.
      I’m going to get a 20” Adler next month just in case they ban them, the 1887 clones never felt comforable to me.

      By the by, Nothing is outright banned in Australia, but everything needs a license and a permit to purchase, for which you have to provide a acceptable reason. I’m in Victoria and below is a breakdown of the local rules, I’m not 100% certain on the Cat C/D as I think some Farmers can get a Semi Centrefire rifle on a cat C license. Some Cat C/D firearms are bumped to E on vague military use or appearance grounds.
      Category A firearms (easiest license) are – Rimfire rifles of Bolt, Lever,Revolving, Pump or break action. Combination Rimfire and Shotgun break action. Shotguns of Bolt, Lever, Revolving or break action. Air Rifles of any type.
      Category B ( the highest license available to normal people) Firearms are -Centre fire Rifles of Bolt, Lever,Pump or break action and Combination Centre Fire rifle and Shotgun, Muzzle loading Longarms.
      Category C (Farmers and some Skeet Shooters) Are Semi Auto Rimfires, Semi and Pump Action Shotguns.
      Category D (Some Farmers and Pro Cullers) Are Semi Auto centrefire Rifles.
      Category H (Target club/competition, Collectors and Security) Are Pistols of any type, with restrictions on Calibers and Barrel length for Target shooters.
      Category E- There are provisions for legal ownership of Machine Guns, Cannons etc but I dont know the License details. Warwick Firearms are legally making and selling new full auto AR15’s locally.

  4. Aesop

    Picked out the Luger right off from that strap bar.

    As for the rest?
    “Liberator” pistols, Ghanian, Mks I-XXXI, inclusive.
    i.e. “with one of these, I can get a shiny new FN-FAL, G-3, AK, or whatnot.” Lather, rinse, repeat.
    There’s your shake-and-bake insurgency S-4 shop at work.

    As well as plumbing items, there seems to be a certain affinity for flare pistol parts-based designs, based certainly on availability to local mariners, which items lend themselves rather neatly to use with 12 ga. rounds.

    To show the proof of group IQ, in Peshawar, those would have all been magazine-fed, and they’d have worked with OEM parts.

    What’s going to happen in a country with millions of home lathes, any number of shiny new 3D printers, big box hardware stores, and a 400-year tradition of Bubba gunsmithing isn’t very hard to predict.

    Ban guns?
    Try banning oxygen, it’d be easier.

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