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The "EOKA pistol" was a Cypriot improvised pistol produced by Greek Cypriot guerrilla organization EOKA.


This pistol was home-made by a member of EOKA during the Cyprus Emergency in the 1950s. It was captured or confiscated by British troops and is now housed in the Royal Armouries archives in Britain.


This EOKA pistol is an incredibly basic and crude design, consisting of a 20mm shell strapped to a carved wooden pistol grip. A hole was drilled into the 20mm casing to allow the user to manually ignite the gunpowder and fire off the round. Since there is no barrel, accuracy must have been very poor. The weapon is one-use only and is completely spent after firing.


  • Weapon, R. Holmes, 2006