Best Guard Dogs (Part I)

Some dogs have a basic instinct to protect their family and home, making them great guard dogs. Guardian breeds are strong, loyal, fearless, and watchful. If you want a breed that will let you know when a visitor arrives but will also know when to protect you from a deadly situation than guardian breeds are for you. These breeds need accurate training and socialization because of their size and strength.

The best guard dogs are brave, devoted, and know when to fight off an intruder. This doesn’t mean they are vicious. Provide them with training when they’re young, and these dogs will do all they can to protect you.


Akitas have a massive build which makes them strong. If you get them comfortable with friends and family early on in life, they’ll know who to be playful around.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

Though littler than some of the other guard dogs, Appenzeller Sennenhunds still make a solid pick due to their energy and agility. They’re basically farm dogs, so their obedience and intelligence will impress everyone.


Bullmastiffs are great dogs to have for protection.

These muscular, big dogs are a cross between mastiffs and bulldogs. To avoid altercations with other people or animals, they’re best suited for homes with fenced-in yards.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

These dogs are known for the spots and unique patterns on their coats. If you aren’t sure if you can manage to raise a puppy, Catahoula Leopard dogs begin acting like adults at 10 months old.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

These huge dogs know precisely how to respond if they sense a threat to your family members or house. Don’t underestimate their fluffiness. The Caucasian Shepherd dog is a great choice if you have children and other animals since they’re careful and loving around their family.

Doberman Pinscher

Don’t be fooled by a Doberman’s sleek body! They are fast, strong, and brave, making them the ideal dog for guarding your house. They need lots of exercise, so be ready to go on long walks with your furry buddy.

How to Legally Make Your Own Gun (Part V)


Using a Parts Kit

Get familiar with gun laws regarding parts kits. Commercial parts kits have all the hardware needed to make your own gun. Usually, the kits are for a semiautomatic, restricted non-sporting or fully automatic machine gun.

Gun part kits are available for purchase online.

Typically, these parts kits are compiled from guns like AK-47s that have been deconstructed in demilitarized areas and legally imported as parts. To be legally acceptable, such a gun should be correctly redesigned. Essentially, the receiver has to be incapable of accepting the original fire-control components that are created to permit full automatic fire.

An acceptably redesigned semiautomatic copy of non-sporting firearm should be limited to using no more than ten of the imported parts. The parts list includes:

  • Gas pistons
  • Trigger housings
  • Triggers
  • Hammers
  • Sears
  • Disconnectors
  • Buttstocks
  • Pistol grips
  • Forearms, handguards
  • Magazine bodies
  • Followers
  • Floorplates
  • Frames, receivers, receiver castings, forgings, or castings
  • Barrels
  • Barrel extensions
  • Mounting blocks (trunnions)
  • Muzzle attachments
  • Bolts
  • Bolt carriers
  • Operating rods

Get a parts kit of the type of gun you want to assemble. These can be somewhat hard found and you may not be comfortable buying such a package online. If you don’t know the location or source of the seller, use your judgment. You don’t want ATF agents coming to your door for buying illegal parts.

Consider going to a “build party.” It’s typical for gun enthusiasts to have build parties, sometimes making kits available to attendees for a good price. Usually held at gun clubs or private residences in many areas, build parties have all the hardware available to make your gun.

At a build party, you’ll probably have to sign a safety waiver and a non-disclosure agreement, making information about these types of get-togethers hard to come by. Your best bet is to go to your local gun retailer or gun event.

How to Legally Make Your Own Gun (Part IV)

While making a gun is legal and possible, it is still very dangerous and you should be cautious.

Affix the metal bracket to the backside of the gun. The gist is to put the nail in the metal bracket so it will move forward and hit the bullet. When you’ve got it in place, screw it into the wood using the wood screws. To produce tension, affix your rubber bands between the front coupling and the notches on the metal bracket.

This basic design can work for any caliber of ammunition as long as you change the measurements to match the specific size of the bullet you’re attempting to fire.

Shoot the gun by pulling the bracket back and releasing it. Note: this is highly dangerous if it hasn’t been measured correctly. To attempt to guarantee your safety, hold the pipe with welder’s gloves or a rag and put your bullet or shell in the pipe. Aim it at an accurate target and hit the bullet square on with the firing pin.

Testing an Improvised Gun

Always, always test your gun before firing it from your hand. With some effort and planning, you can be sure your gun won’t explode when you attempt to fire it.

Create a barrier. Stand behind a large tree or stone wall and fashion a simple rope-pull to work the gun from safety. Mount pistol securely to a table, bracing it in a boot or between two heavy books, or some other sturdy support, no more than ten feet in front of the barrier.

Affix a cord to the firing strap on the pistol. Just tie an elastic band, string, or some other cord to the metal bracket to pull back and release.

Release the cord to fire. If pistol doesn’t fire, cut the elastic bands or raise their number. Fire at least five rounds from behind the barrier and then examine the pistol before you try to hand fire it.

There’s the real possibility of injury in making a homemade gun. Again, use extreme caution.