Paltik is a Filipino term for a homemade gun. It is usually manufactured using scrap metal and angle iron. Its manufacture is centralized in Danao, Cebu where a cottage industry is set up to produce less efficient replicas of known firearms. They claim to be able to replicate any guns although they prefer to mass-produce a 38 caliber six cylinder revolver. The Philippine government notes that these firearms are of low quality but some are considered as "Class A" or high-quality. Although Danao has the most concentration of factories since the 1940s, paltik production can also be found in Negros, Leyte, and Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front were also known to produce paltiks but were unable to upscale their production due to government pressure.
The Paltik suffers from poor accuracy and low quality firing mechanisms. It lacks grooves in its bore, making its shots inaccurate. Due to poor craftsmanship, the weapon was more dangerous to the shooter than the target. Some Filipino gunsmiths however, did make reliable percussion cap rifles that functioned in a manner similar to a 19th-century musket.
Paltiks are still made illegally in the Philippines today. They can be registered during the administration of President Corazon Aquino but this rule was revoked and all registered paltiks must be surrendered to the government. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the Executive Order No. 171, s. 2003 which prevents paltiks from being licensed.
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