(Originally posted on Blog O'Stuff.)
When law abiding people are subjected to oppressive gun laws which make it difficult to obtain weapons, accessories, and ammo, they improvise. Over at the Firearm Blog there are a couple of posts describing how a gun enthusiast in Nigeria is making the best of a bad situation.
According to the first post, Nigeria's gun control laws are very strict and civilians are pretty much limited to shotguns. Unfortunately, Emmanuel was only able to obtain a Turkish made shotgun with a pistol grip stock, sans butt stock. Pistol grip only (AKA "PGO") shotguns have very limited use. Compared with a shotgun having a conventional stock, a PGO shotgun is much harder to shoot well. Improvising with a piece of steel rod and a walking stick, Emmanuel made a butt stock so that he can more effectively use his shotgun.
In the second post, Emmanuel recounts how the only ammunition available is birdshot. Birdshot is fine for birds and small game but a poor choice for self defense. It doesn't offer enough penetration to reliably reach vital organs and stop a determined aggressor.
Once again, Emmauel improvised. Using a metal plate, a nut and a bolt, to make a mold, he extracts the birdshot from shells, melts them, and casts his own slugs.
Go check out the links, they are worth your time.