A machine gun and an AK47 assault rifle are two of 90 weapons surrendered to police during a north-east amnesty.
Police admitted to being surprised by the success of the amnesty, which has seen almost 13 people a day walking into north-east police stations to hand in weapons without facing prosecution.
Officers have today given the Evening Express a look at some of the seized guns, which include a heavy duty cannon that weighs so much it is fired while resting on support stands – known as bipods.
The Browning M50 machine gun has been the most notable weapon surrendered so far, police said.
Other weapons include: 48 air rifles, 12 shotguns, 12 imitation or deactivated firearms, 11 air pistols, two rifles and two pistols.
When the arms are brought in to the region’s police offices, they are checked for safety and then put through a chopping machine.
Inspector Mark McLaughlin, who has been leading the weapons amnesty campaign which launched on June 18, said: “We have been surprised by the number and type of weapons that have been coming in. It has been highly successful.
“Typically, it is people who have found themselves with an unlicensed weapon on their property for some reason and they have not known what to do with it – and the amnesty allows them to hand it in safely without any prosecution.
“We are delighted that the amnesty is working.”
The amnesty runs until Sunday and Insp McLaughlin is encouraging gun owners to take advantage of it.
He added: “It is far better to surrender weapons this way than the alternative.
“For example, you may have a weapon hidden in your wardrobe – all it takes is a young relative to see it, tell his friends and pretty soon, police could be executing a search warrant at your property.
“We have been given permission by the Lord Advocate to run the amnesty without prosecutions until Sunday and we don’t know when that will happen again.”
He added that after the amnesty ends, decisions on prosecutions would be taken on a case-by-case basis.