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.


How to Legally Make Your Own Gun (Part III)

You’ll need a drill to make your own gun.

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.


How to Legally Make Your Own Gun (Part II)

Some people would rather make their own guns.

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)
  • Nail (1)
  • Wood screws (2)
  • Drill

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.


How to Legally Make Your Own Gun (Part I)

Making your own gun is legal. Just make sure that you know what you’re doing.

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.

This will be the foundation for our homemade gun.

Should Teachers Carry Guns? (Part III)  


Many educators think carrying a concealed weapon is a bad idea, including school shooting survivors themselves.

Some teachers who were involved in school shootings disagree with being armed on campus.

Second-grade teacher Abbey Clements was hiding with her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School as the school shooting was taking place. Clements had this to say: We’re not trained sharpshooters, we’re not trained, first responders. We are caregivers. I’m certain every teacher out there would say that we want school safety, but arming teachers isn’t the answer.”

“I feel we should have more security at school, but I don’t want our school to become a prison,” said Adeena Teres, a science teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the owner of a concealed-carry permit.

Jim Moffatt, a retired principal who was shot by a student at Fergus High School in Montana actively campaigns against legislative efforts to arm teachers.

While their numbers might be smaller than those who oppose carrying guns, there are teachers, principals, and superintendents who are for it.

Brian Teucke, an 8th-grade civics and economics teacher in Virginia said having a military background makes him somewhat of an aberration among his colleagues. He has a concealed-carry permit and would carry a gun to school.

His students, he said, have told him they would like that extra level of security. “I do think it’s reasonable for someone like me, but if you look at the landscape of US teachers as a whole, I don’t think it’s realistic,” he said.

Jeffrey Woofter, a former sheriff and the superintendent of West Virginia’s Barbour County school district, doesn’t think that every staff member should be armed. But he feels that trained staff should be able to carry concealed weapons or have access to concealed guns on campus.

“Schools are the same as sitting ducks since folks know that you aren’t allowed to carry in schools and that just makes them vulnerable,” Woofter said.

Should Teachers Carry Guns? (Part II)

There Are Already Teachers Carrying Guns at School

Many schools have gun-free zones, but the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act lets states authorize certain people to carry guns on school grounds.

Besides Texas, Wyoming, Utah, and South Dakota let staff members with certain caveats carry guns on school grounds.

A gun-control advocacy group, Everytown for Gun Safety, stated that 15 states allow a concealed firearm in schools. This year two dozen states are considering similar policies.

Arming teachers could cost a significant amount.

Having a Policy for Arming Teachers Could Be a Minefield

Among the questions schools who want to arm their staff have to answer:

  • Who is authorized to carry a firearm?
  • Where will the gun be stored?
  • Will armed employees get a bonus?


And that’s just the beginning.

There’s also the complex question of liability. Who will be responsible if something goes wrong? Many things could go awry as the weapon could accidentally discharge, a teacher could shoot an innocent bystander during an active-shooter situation, or a student could find or steal a teacher’s firearm.

Arming staff could be costly. A name-brand, top-quality, semi-automatic pistol or another type of handgun could cost anywhere between $500 to $1,200. And the notion of diverting already stretched resources to these and other costs such as firearms training could be a very hard sell. Maybe that’s why Texas is asking if its districts can tap into federal funding.

Who Opposes the Idea?

All the major principals, teachers, school employees, and school security organizations oppose guns in schools, except when carried by a security or police officer.

Not to mention most teachers and Americans oppose the idea.

A 2015 poll stated that 57% of all respondents were against letting staff and teachers carry guns in schools, though the idea was more acceptable among Republicans.


Should Teachers Carry Guns? (Part I)

There is controversy about whether or not teachers should carry guns at school to protect their students.

The notion of arming teachers or letting concealed-carry permit holders bring guns into schools is typically circulated after school attacks. It got attention after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The sheriff heading a Florida commission investigating the Parkland massacre said he felt trained, volunteer teachers, should have access to guns as a last line of defense in a school shooting.

Also, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made it clear that she feels districts have the flexibility to use federal funding to arm teachers.

But putting guns in the hands of school staff is frequently met with resistance from educators, who state they don’t want the responsibility of securing and carrying a firearm on top of their already taxing jobs. Numerous teachers feel that arming themselves would make schools less safe.

Who Supports the Idea?

For one, President Trump. At a speech just after the Parkland shooting, he stated that armed teachers with experience and training who love their students may be better able to protect them in an active shooting scenario than an armed police officer.

DeVos herself is not against arming educators. At her 2017 Senate confirmation hearing, she suggested teachers might need guns to fight potential grizzly bears. As the head of a federal school safety commission, she’s also been hearing from some supporters of the idea.

Not surprisingly, gun-rights advocates have long pushed for laws that let teachers carry weapons.

And education officials in Texas, where some teachers are already packing heat at school, are all for it. They were the ones who asked DeVos and her staff if certain federal funding can be used by school districts to pay for firearms training and firearms for school staff members.

Conceal Carry Permits and Classes: What You Need to Know

If you’re one of the hundreds of folks who have chosen to take your self-protection earnestly and get for a concealed carry permit, good for you, you’re in good company. The ranks of folks who have determined to stop being a victim and become their own first responder are increasing each day, and carrying a concealed weapon is an encouraging act that implies you are adult enough to take charge of your own safety and the safety of those who are important to you.

For many folks, though, a concealed carry class is their beginning step into the world of firearms training, and as such, they come at the class with no knowledge of what lies ahead and how they should plan for a concealed carry class.

A concealed carry class is not a training class. It is a permitting class. A concealed carry class provides you with as much training for the realities of carrying a concealed weapon as your driving test gives you about dealing with your evening commute. Get some training after your concealed carry class, because you aren’t going to rise to the occasion, you’re going to sink to your lowest level of training.

Some other things to consider before your first class are:

Consider how you’re going to carry your gun. There’s a list of pros and cons about the two highly familiar holster styles to use as a beginning point for your decision. Also consider the fact that a pistol is just plays a role in your self-defense plan.

How are you going store your gun in your home? Who is going to have access to the gun? How are you going to keep it safe from any children? I am a huge fan of quick-access gun safes because I’ve found they are just as easy to access as a gun in a bedside table drawer, yet keep your gun safe from noisy little fingers.

Top Handguns for Women to Protect Themselves

Women’s hands aren’t anything like men’s hands. Female hands are littler and typically not as strong as a male. Actually, women’s bodies are usually smaller too. It’s just simple anatomy. While this really doesn’t mean that women can’t shoot a handgun just as skillfully as a man can, it does mean women may have a preference when it comes handguns types. Women can carry and shoot, particularly if their goal is to carry a concealed firearm.

It’s not just a gun’s grip style or frame that makes a difference. The caliber of the pistol is also an issue. Normally, the bigger the caliber, the weightier the power and recoil. Nonetheless, it will be more difficult to make repeated shots with precision.


Many women have .380 caliber handguns. While it’s a solid choice, sometimes women buy them because it’s what the salesman suggested. The .380 is a good round, but there are other, more mighty rounds obtainable and models in other calibers that you may find easier to shoot because of the dissimilar frame size or because the weight and design of the gun offers a recoil in a more comfortable way. Here are a few common handgun calibers:

.22 Long Rifle

.22s are good pistols to learn with if you’re a new shooter. Both semiautomatic pistols and revolvers are chambered in .22. They barely recoil at all and are great to shoot. A .22 doesn’t have a lot of power and so isn’t a good choice for a conceal carry pistol. Many popular concealed-carry models in bigger calibers can either be bought with a .22 conversion kit or have a matching model in .22 caliber. Ammo can be hard to find in today’s market.

.38 Special

This revolver caliber is a solid “middle of the road” round. It’s a good self-defense caliber, but has less of a punch than its bigger cousin, the .357 Magnum. Also, a revolver chambered in .357 Mag can shoot .38 Special rounds.