RIP Philip Luty

Philip A Luty passed away on April 8, 2011 after a two year struggle against cancer. He was a prolific designer of homemade firearms and published many plans for homemade pistols and machine guns.

A citizen and resident of the UK, he was sentenced to five years in prison for possessing a homemade machine gun and ammunition. I always tell people to check the local laws before attempting to make their own firearms – the consequences are never worth it if building them is illegal.



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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  • Tony

    Err… The whole point Mr. Luty had when he manufactured an illegal machine pistol was to demonstrate the ineffectiveness and absurdity of the then new draconian firearms law in the U.K. He was quite well aware of breaking the law when he built the firearm, test fired it, and then turned himself in to the police and handed them the firearm. To talk of him as though he were some schmuck who did not know what he was doing is belittling of Mr. Luty and his efforts.

    • Tony, I did not know that. He did not make that clear on his webpage. I would guess that manufacturing machine guns was illegal in the UK long before they began the great gun grab.

  • gherter

    I think Philip Lutys story is a very tragic one. It shows what happens in our “free” societies when you cross the government and police. Philip Luty never committed a crime beyond those associated with making firearms. After he was released he set up his website and was subject to five further police raids. over 50 People who merely downloaded materials from the web site were subsequently raided. While I am not sure that his books have made the world a better place or are morally right. If they had wanted to silence him they failed. His work is available for free all over the internet and examples of built examples crop up all over the world. Their harassment only served to help spread his work and encourage him.

  • Pierre Bouchard

    He was unfortunatly living in the UK, a notorious anti-gun country.

  • Lance

    The gun he holds looks interesting Is that 9mm SMG?

  • god rest ye merry gentmen i read through some of his work it is quite sad when a man,s work is restricted by his government it make,s one wounder what would have happened if he had moved to the USA insted of liveing in a restrictive country where owning any kind of offensive weapon and personal freedom,s are restricted i belive the term SUBJECT OF THE CROWN where as hear we are citizen,s and have imput and full voteing power of our country

  • jdun1911

    He should have move to the USA and start his own firearms company. Skilled people like Mr. Luty is what makes a country strong.

  • “I always tell people to check the local laws before attempting to make their own firearms – the consequences are never worth it if building them is illegal.”

    _Never_ worth it?

    Warsaw, 1944

    http://www.warsawuprising.com/

  • Tony

    Steve: perhaps, but once pretty much all firearms (aside from double barrel shotguns owned by powerful and wealthy people) are banned, it doesn’t make much difference if the one you make is semi-automatic or fully automatic, now does it? Besides which, it is *easier* to make a fully automatic weapon – you don’t have to tinker with a disconnector that’ll block the sear if the trigger is still pressed once the gun has cycled. And if one sets out to point out how absurd a gun ban is, it makes a bit more of a statement to make a fully automatic weapon, don’t you think? 🙂

    • Tony, sure, making a fully auto gun is often much easier. The difference, in many legal jurisdictions, is that machine guns have harsher penalties. I agree the gun ban in the UK is crazy.

  • So passes another champion of freedom……..

  • John Luty

    The gun he holds looks interesting Is that 9mm SMG?

    The gun in his hands is the one described in his book “Expedient Hom emade Firearms,The 9mm Submachinegun”.

    Philip Luty never committed a crime beyond those associated with making firearms.

    Very true. Even the judge who locked him up said he accepted that he was making a point and had no evil intent. The detective who arrested him volunteered to speak on his behalf in court and said that the police thought he had been a bit naive rather than criminal.

  • Splodge

    @mica:

    In fact, we’re “British Citizens”. The Crown has about as much authority as a damp spinach sandwich, they’re purely figureheads.

    It’s the populist B******s that did us in.

  • JesseL

    Would the consequences of making an illegal gun in 1944 Warsaw have made such an act “not worth it”?

    You should always know whether what you’re doing is legal or not, but there have been countless times through history when deliberately doing something illegal and dealing with the consequences was well worth it.

    Just don’t break the law out *ignorance*.

  • VXbinaca

    @jdun1911

    18 USC 922(o). And the government isn’t in the market for Zip Guns.

  • wiga

    now banning guns for the civilians is just going to make it easier for the criminals to attack them cause do they care? I think not,they do much worser crimes for a living.