Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • CinSC

    I’ve seen fish that look like this while deep-sea fishing: a bunch of spare parts thrown together. I like it.

    What’s the legal thing to do if you build a gun? Surely you would have to tell the feds, right?

  • iMick

    Is it a Sten mag? I thought sterling mags were curved, like the F1 submachine gun mags we used to carry in the M113 LRVs downunder. Man I wish I had that guys workshop….and machining skills :)

  • Timosha

    This is kind of the same idea, a $158 .50 BMG home build.
    http://community-1.webtv.net/ggiilliiee/1580050BMGFUNGUN/

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    iMick, you are right! Changed the text to read “Sten mag”.

  • DaveP.

    CinSC: IIRC, as long as you stamp it with a serial number and inform the ATF of the fact of its existance, and it otherwise complies with the existing laws (e.g. no full-auto), you’re okay. You should be able to get more information on the gunboards though, especially those dealing with AK’s and FAL’s.

  • http://homeplace-artsstuff.blogspot.com/ Arthur B. Burnett

    Greetings from Texas,
    Wild! A lilttle scarie.

  • War Wolf

    To iMick: While certainly innovative, I wouldn’t call his machining skills extraordinary. ;) That gun sort of reminds me of my neighbors wife; functional in the sense you can tell it’s a woman (gun) but so ugly that you never want anyone to see it. :o

  • http://www.msn.com Ermac

    It looks like a miniture AK.

  • Dano

    Niiiiiice, although something about the paper towel and clean table tells me it isn’t a 3rd world mfg. I do love the external dual bolt springs. Now he just needs to make it more plasticky, slap a magpul logo somewhere and everyone will want one over night!

  • btr

    There is not any requirement to tell the feds anything to make a homemade gun for personal use, as long as the gun is not covered by the NFA.

  • Doug

    I think I’d be a little leery of shooting that thing with those two screws that got left out. :) I hope they aren’t for anything important.

  • Jim

    I’d hate to see what happens when one of those springs breaks.

  • http://nope Advocate

    ugly as sin, but i’d love to be able to say “I made a gun”.

    What are the legality issues with this? are there any?

    -Advocate

  • http://www.predatorwild.com Heath

    I’d like to see him shoot that thing … from a very safe distance away!

  • El Duderino

    As far as legalities go, I found this page after a little research:

    http://www.savvysurvivor.com/law_research_on_home_built_firea.htm

  • http://www.hellinahandbasket.net James R. Rummel

    Good post.

  • http://www.SeatCarry.com Andy Keson

    Looks like something that could be very cool in a movie!

  • http://armedcanadian.blogspot.com Matt

    Advocate/DaveP,

    The law on homemade firearms is straightforward. As long as it is legal for you to buy it over-the-counter in your jurisdiction, it is legal for you to make it for your own personal use. No requirement for marking and no paperwork. It is a GOOD IDEA to place some kind of serial number on it so some officer doesn’t make phone calls and detain you upon finding a unnumbered firearm in your trunk.

    The key to doing this is you MUST do the work yourself on the receiver. That is the part that counts. You CANNOT, MUST NOT take it to a friend to have them weld it, bend it, etc. If you do that, you and your friend have become guilty of manufacturing a firearm without the proper FFL. If you need the use of another facility to get something do, have the owner walk you through the step and make sure their hands never touch the receiver. Videotaping the process can help too.

    Once the receiver is done, it’s just like any other firearm. Take the receiver to a gunsmith, a friend and so on to assemble the remaining parts on it. Or do it yourself.

    The legality of home firearms always revolves around the receiver. That is the part that is considered the gun under the law.

  • http://nope Advocate

    very good info Matt!

    off the wall question… what if you wanted to sell it? Go through an FFL?

    Would the FFL put on his/her paper work whatever serial number and ‘model’ you called it?

    If that’s the case i want to transfer my “Model 1 Fart Punter” serial number 42.

  • J.S.Bridges

    Not sellable – not even “transferable” as a gift – since, in order to “transfer” a firearm, it must be listed as having been manufactured, and the manufacturer (you) must be licensed (i.e., have a manufacturer’s FFL).

    No Federal Licensee – unless ignorant of the law, slightly deranged or both – would be willing to try to handle such a sale, serial number or not.

  • Leave

    Not sellable – not even “transferable” as a gift – since, in order to “transfer” a firearm, it must be listed as having been manufactured, and the manufacturer (you) must be licensed (i.e., have a manufacturer’s FFL).

    No Federal Licensee – unless ignorant of the law, slightly deranged or both – would be willing to try to handle such a sale, serial number or not.

  • Leave

    No Federal Licensee – unless ignorant of the law, slightly deranged or both – would be willing to try to handle such a sale, serial number or

  • http://www.predatorwild.com Heath

    Aren’t those last three comments duplicates?

  • Gun.up

    I’d make it and keep it for home defence as well as another gun of that calibre then dump it after use and blame it on the other gun. Simple, awesome home defence gun and a perfect way to say you didn’t do it. ( yes I forgot about the rifling but there could be a way around that)

  • Gun.up

    Also scares the crap out off the offender;)

  • Scot

    I wonder if as part of the budget cuts Federal level if we could just repeal much of the gun laws, The current US Supreme court is a help but repeal would be better

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    http://www.impactguns.com/store/get_lucky.html

  • vxadems

    awesome……..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ravi Gautam

    mast hai yaar

  • 486

    I’m surprised as shit this got this much attention.

    To answer some questions, I was like 16 or something at the time, so I had my dad fold the reciever and weld the mag well on, so legally it is his firearm, I just machined the parts. In reply to “Advocate,” if you wanted to sell it you could punch a serial on it, then sell it to whoever you want. Here in America private sales are not regulated. Not too advisable to sell firearms you’ve built, though.

    Made in Minnesota, and it did fire 26 rounds. Only 5 between jams, though. You can see the carbon on the bolt face if you don’t believe me.

    Never did finish the .45 I mentioned in that thread. Parents wanted me to “diversify my hobbies,” so I filled their garage with a broken truck.

  • dustin

    I have done much reading on home gunsmithing, “open bolt” is illegal, because it’s “readily convertable to full auto” -that is if you manage to make your open bolt a semi auto.
    closed bolt is when the bullet is in the chamber, and no longer in the mag, open bolt is where the bullet is ready to be fired while in the chamber. i imagine this is open bolt, but if you did find a way to simply make a closed bolt you should post blueprints, ill try and post pics!

    nice gun btw, how long did you spend building it?

    • 486

      about 6 hours

      This is a closed bolt. Also, you’re description of the differences show a lack of either grammar, or understanding.

      • Justin

        *your