A dusty tribal town in Pakistan, which is known to be the country’s biggest arms black market sells Kalashnikovs welded from scrap metal cheaper than smartphones and that to on an industrial scale.
Darra Adamkhel, a town surrounded by hills some 35 kilometers south of the city of Peshawar, was a hub of criminal activity for decades. Now, Darra is clean of all but the arms. The town is famous for selling replicas of Turkish and Bulgarian-made MP5 sub-machine guns, one of the most popular weapons in the world as well as any weapon the workers are shown.
The MP5 can retail for thousands of dollars. But the Pakistani replica, which comes with a one-year guarantee, costs roughly 7000 rupees whereas a Darra-made Kalashnikov can sell for as little as 8400, cheaper than most smartphones.