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Anybody have a homemade gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BigBlock, Dec 25, 2007.

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  1. BigBlock

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    I've been wanting to build my own derringer from scratch for a while now...I finally just ordered the barrel. I'm curious, has anybody else here built their own gun? (not talking about kits here) I'd love to see some pics...;)
     
  2. herohog

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    I hope you checked with the Feds and got a Mfg. Liscence...
     
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    I don't believe you need one unless your building to sell . Personal use should be OK .
    Just my take on what I've read . There are threads about this very thing and a simple search query should bring them up .
     
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    Ted Kaczynski's non-machined pistol

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    Anyone on this planet who can get to a hardware store with $10 in their pocket can build a functioning firearm; do a search for "Richardson Guerilla Gun" for an example of how simple they can be.
     
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    With the exception of California I do think every state allows a person to make a firearm for personal use. There are places that sell AK receiver flats, piece of metal with holes punched but not formed into a workable shape. After you bend it you have a functioning AK receiver.

    CA doesn't allow the manufacture of handguns and since AKs are on some form of no no list I don't think you can build your own AK receiver there either.
     
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    Incorrect.

    People build AK's in CA all the time.
     
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  9. 4v50 Gary

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    You'd think Ted being the woodworker that he was could make a better gun. Frankly, I'm disappointed with that gun of his.
     
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    I made one once for a friend who said he would never own a store bought gun. Didn't tell him where I got the parts to build it, and he thinks I am the greatest engineer without a degree. Built him a marlin 22 from 2nd hand parts on Ebay except for the heavy barrel I orderred so it wouldn't have writing on it.
     
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    No zip guns for me. If I were to build my own, I think I'd want to build a rolling block. It's a heavy, tough action with about three moving parts. I think I'd chamber it to .303British or .30-40Krag with a 10-24" medium weight barrel.
     
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    Sure did.
    Someday I'd love to meet the genuis that figured out a car radio antenna is a perfect barrel for a .22.

    It even worked.

    AFS
     
  13. TAB

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    You can make a gun out of thick walled PVC that will shoot( once) with black powder.
     
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    BigBlock:

    You hittin' the eggnog again?! Or is it the rum-dipped fruitcake this year?

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    I would still advise extreme caution here given past actions of the BATF(E):

     
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    does a tripod mounted potato gun count?

    if so then yes i did build a gun once when i was younger.
     
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    I've always thought of making my own muzzle loader completley from scratch. I'm not machinest or skilled in carpentry but I could whip one together with the right materials.

    I've always wanted to make a 50BMG rifle out of a 1919 barrel, single shot with a nice wood stock, something with an internal firing pin and simple spring setup.
     
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    I built the brass barrel flinter pistol in this pic from dead scratch, shop junk. The Nor West Gun was a rough kit, more like a barrel and a hunk of wood. The 1860 clone was a also a pretty rough kit.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mac_muz15/1515376059/in/set-72157602316185780/

    I also sewwed the bags, and made the sliver on them, and the stone arrow heads.. Balmora hat too.. But I didn't grow those feathers...
     
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    There isn't anything illegal about building a blackpowder gun from a kit.
     
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    brentn, That's me too. I've been watching the price of T/C Hawkens and I'm wanting a left-handed sidelock. To build it might be the ticket.

    One thing... you test the barrel before you complete the rifle. The proof load as used by the Williamsburg riflesmiths is 4X the normal load of black powder. If you light that and you still have a barrel afterward, then you complete a rifle.
     
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    yes, I know the BP kits are out there, it's the metallic cartridge guns I wonder about. That bit about building an AK from a kit, making your receiver from a steel sheet, I am pretty sure will land ya in jail... so will the old grease gun kits minus the receiver where ya made the receiver from a piece of muffler tubing.
     
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    Dad made a BP pistol almost 100% from scratch, barrel, stock, lock, trigger, guard. The only thing he bought was the nipple. Did it just to see if he could. Loaded it to 44 caliber and called it the Riddle Model #2. #1 I suppose was a prototype as I never encountered it. As to making your own gun, if it is not fully automatic nor readily converted to auto, then it is legal to make it yourself. Guys build AK's from receiver flats all the time. You just can't sell it.

    Ash
     
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    When I referred to the AK, I meant the full-auto version. I poked around and couldn't find anything saying it wasn't, as long as it doesn't violate the NFA and you never sell it... color me surprised!
     
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    no,no,no,,,,,you CANNOT build ANYTHING full auto without going to prison. To buy one that already exists,,you must pay the gov't $200 tax and fill out form 4.
     
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    I got that, see my NFA remark.
     
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