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Pézard, Stéphanie and Nicolas Florquin. 2007 ‘Production of Arms and Munitions - Craft Production.’ Small Arms in Burundi: Disarming the Civilian Population in Peacetime, pp. 19-20. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva / Ligue Iteka. 1 August

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The Production of Arms and Munitions - Craft Production

[F]irearms called mugobore are made by hand. These consist of a barrel inserted into a wooden structure, and are most widely used in Bujumbura Rural and Cibitoke. These weapons can take different shapes but are usually long and heavy.

The mugobore mainly use the same ammunition as assault rifles like Kalashnikovs and FALs; the firing mechanism consists of an elastic band and an iron pin, and there is no device to eject the cartridge, which is removed with an iron rod.

These weapons are not very efficient at a range of more than ten metres, but it seems relatively easy to find someone who makes them.

In contrast with Tanzania and the DRC, there is, however, no hand-made ammunition in Burundi.

Before the conflict, mugobore were generally used for criminal acts; they have been produced in far greater numbers since the outbreak of the war, and there are now a great many in the country.

[DRC = Democratic Republic of the Congo; FAL = Light Automatic Rifle]

ID: Q5080

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