Weapons of the Turkish Black Market
A Review of Illicit Arms Sales in Turkey and Associated Smuggling Routes
Weapons on the black market in Turkey are increasing year by year. Both the instability in neighboring regions such as Iraq and Syria and the increase in demand and production for these weapons within the country are the two main drivers of this.
For this reason, the variety of weapons on the black market in Turkey is increasing significantly, although still not to the level of Iraq and Syria. The most common weapon types are pistols produced underground and blank-firing pistols converted to fire real ammunition. Converted blanks are mostly chambered in .32 ACP (7.65x17mm).
And although these guns are the cheapest on the market, they are also the quickest to break and are comparatively less durable.
In addition to pistols, converted blank submachine guns are also occasionally sold on the market. These are also chambered in .32 ACP and are more expensive than the pistols.