A Khyber Pass Copy
is a firearm manufactured by cottage gunsmiths in the Khyber Pass
region between Pakistan
. The reason they are called that is because the Adam Khel Afridi
, who live around the Khyber pass, were historically the most active arms manufacturers on the Frontier.
The area has long had a reputation for producing unlicenced, home-made copies of firearms using whatever materials are available - more often than not, railway rails, scrap motor vehicles and other scrap metal
. The quality of such rifles varies widely, ranging from as good as a factory-produced example to dangerously poor.
The most commonly encountered Khyber Pass Copies are of British military firearms, notably Martini-Henry
, and Lee-Enfield
rifles, although AK-47
rifles, Webley Revolvers
, Tokarev TT-33s
, Colt M1911s
and Browning Hi-Powers
have also been encountered. A Khyber Pass Kalashnikov-style rifle usually refers to such a rifle composed of a mishmash of parts from various AK rifles. It is thus unlike any rifle produced by a factory or issued by a regular military force. The typical example of a "Khyber Pass AK" is a stamped receiver
AKM in 7.62x39 caliber
, fitted with the triangular folding stock common to Russian AKS-74 rifles.
The Khyber Pass gunsmiths first acquired examples of the various British service arms during nineteenth century British military expeditions in the North-West Frontier
, which they used to make copies. During World War...