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A machinist prepares to change drill bit at a firearm workshop producing gun barrels in Pakistan's most prominent arms producing village of Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan, Thursday, October 19, 2006. Darra is a dusty, Wild West-type town, crawling with intelligence agencies, drug smugglers and gun-toting Pathan tribesmen. Darra-built Kalashnikovs, not known for their durability, sell for US$30 to US$45 alongside knuckledusters, shotguns with telescopic sights and twelve bores made to look like M16 assault rifles. Much of the weaponry is made from scrap metal from shipyards. Pakistan's government's attempts to regulate the Darra weapon industry always ended in failure. Photo by Simon Lim/Pictobank.