One of the homemade weapons destroyed Monday was an eight-shot pistol that fired 12-gauge shotgun shells.
Another was a crude revolver that appears to have been made from scratch.
These were among the 1,121 homemade weapons that went under the chop saw at the Dirección General de Armamento in Coronado. Police said the weapons were confiscated from 2001 to 2012, but there are few mentions in the records of criminal cases related to the illegal firearms.
The bulk of the weapons were pipe guns and other fairly crude devices. Also destroyed were 3,674 firearms that have been used by agents and police. These had been replaced with newer models.
A.M. Costa Rica reported on the proliferation of homemade weapons in a news story Monday.