Drill into the coupling to get rid of the thread. Create a 9/16 inch diameter hole 3/8 inch into one coupling to get rid of the thread. This drilled section must fit securely over the smooth section of the pipe.
Next, drill a 25/64 inch diameter hole 3/4 inch into the pipe. Always use the cartridge you want to use as a gauge. When a cartridge is put into the pipe, the base of the jacket must be even with the end of the pipe. Thread the coupling tightly onto the pipe, drilled end first.
Drill a hole in the middle of the pipe plug just big enough for the nail to go through. The nail has to be centered in the plug. Push it through until it’s level with the squared-off end of the plug and round it off if needed with a file.
Curve the metal band into a “U” shape. Drill two holes in the flaps to fit the diameter of the wood screws you’re using. This will be utilized as a basic hammer to spring forward and hit the bullet, using the rubber bands to make tension. So, you might want to notch some little notches into the metal to stop the rubber bands from slipping.
Fashion a basic stock and handle from wood. The design is yours, but it needs to be around an inch thick after being drilled and at least two inches longer than the assembled length of the pipe you’re outfitting. Drill a 1.43 cm hole through the stock, around 1/2 cm from the top.
Push the pipe through this hole and attach the first of the two couplings to the front tip and screw the drilled plug into the back end of the pipe, the end nearest to the handle.
Because of strong gun laws, many folks are interested in making their own guns. A firearm can be made by a non-licensee provided it isn’t for sale and the maker isn’t prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the ATF. Crafting a primitive firearm is as easy as placing a bullet in a pipe. Constructing a more complex firearm is possible for those who want to invest the effort and money. Always use high caution when handling or assembling firearms.
Get the necessary parts. The United States Army has literature about creating small arms with a small amount of readily available parts for use in emergency combat situations. To craft a basic 9mm gun, you’ll need:
4-6 inches of quarter-inch nominal steel pipe, threaded on each end
Steel pipe couplings (2)
Quarter-inch pipe plug
Rubber bands (2)
A thin metal strap (5 inches)
Wood screws (2)
Please note: If you try to fire a bullet from a piece of pipe that you have in your hand and that bullet doesn’t fit properly in the piping, or the pipe isn’t big enough to withstand the pressure of the expanding explosion you’re creating by striking the bullet, the pipe is going to blow up in your face, injuring or killing you. Again, use extreme caution.
Use a 9mm bullet as a guide. Casings come in various calibers or sizes. You need to use the size of the bullet to measure the opening in pieces of prospective pipe. 9mm is a usual round size, and it’s 0.38 of an inch. If you want to fire a .38 round, utilize a 0.38 caliber round as the source for all measurements. Find an accurately sized drill bit matching the diameter of the projectile or a pre-drilled piece of piping.
If you have little to no experience with guns, it’s possibly not smart to try to make your own. It could be dangerous or deadly to make a mistake. There’s no harm in buying a firearm from an honest manufacturer and then take a class to learn how to handle it defensively, intelligently, and safely.
But DIY has its appeal too. For those who currently have basic firearm know-how with common tools, it’s simple to make a gun that’s just as safe as one purchased from a store.
It’s also perfectly legal in most US jurisdictions. That simple fact is typically ignored by pundits and politicians in the debate over gun control. Though, if even moderately skilled individuals can make their own weapons at home, and an increasing number of people can, then passing laws to control commercial manufacture and sale look really futile.
While firearm restrictionists will likely soon be fighting for laws to rein in private production, there’s only so much they can do. Communicating guidelines for how to build a gun is constitutionally protected speech.
With the First Amendment, let’s go through how to make a weapon based on one of the most popular semi-automatic handguns on earth: the Glock 17 which is a double-stack, full-size 9 mm pistol with a track record of ease and reliability. Presently, third-party businesses started marketing “frame kits” that let private individuals make guns that look and work like Glocks and are compatible with Glock parts.
The caveat is that their product includes excess plastic that, unless eliminated, stops you from turning it into a working weapon. By itself, the product they sell doesn’t count as a firearm in the eyes of the law.