Build Your Own Miniature Musket

The creativity of some people really impresses me.  While I’m not sure of the legality of this (in the US, would this qualify as an SBR?, it is pretty decent craftsmanship.  The poster (Youtube: pyroneph) even goes so far as to shape and oil the stock.  I could see staging a little war re-enactment with miniatures on a table top (or other such geeky imagining).  Just don’t put your eye out… 🙂

I originally saw it posted on Imgur, but it looks like it was actually filmed a few years ago (below is the Youtube posting):

He also has some other miniature gun creation videos (and one for a pocket katana, if that is your thing).  It just goes to show, a little bit of ingenuity goes a long way, and building simple firearms is really not all that difficult…

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • Tassiebush

    Hi Tom R, my understanding is that muzzle loaders are exempt from firearm status under US federal gun laws so they bypass such sbr/sbs restrictions. Same thing with airguns. These look like fun!

    • Amanofdragons

      Correct. Muzzle loaders are exempt from nfa sbr/sbs laws. look up a pedersoli howdah. Fun as Heck. Available mail order and no stamp required

      • floppyscience

        They have one with a detachable stock on display at the Cabela’s near me and every time I go there I want to buy it.

  • GoNuggets!

    This is the most fabulous thing I’ve seen all day, easy! (,,it’s been one of those days..)
    I really like how dude made his own bullet, fuse, and powder. That’s pretty hardcore. I get the impression that he doesn’t live in ‘Murica. Nonetheless—good show old bean! I wonder how a mini musket like this would do with FFF fine ground black powder? Probably make a cool little puff of smoke.

    This guy has got me thinking. I’d like to make one of these. I bet there’s a size of brass tube that’s about, oh, I don’t know..maybe .177 inches. I already have some matches and some rolling papers for fuzing, and I can get some blackpowder. The stock is the time-consuming part. BUT..if I could make a jig and help speed up the production of subsequent ones, I could have an awesome and LEGAL novelty product to sell to other folks so inclined, perhaps via a system of interconnected computing devices. One could even do some bit of brass inlay/clamp on the stock to decorate it up and get away from just superglue holding the barrel to the stock. I’m thinking big here folks…like, Etsy or the local farmer’s market…I’m thinking straight-up artisanal handcrafted fair trade miniature muskets made in a small backyard shop positively steeped in the quality tradition of old-world craftsmanship.

    I think there could be a market niche. A really sweet, detailed little matchlock musket that runs on blackpowder and shoots BBs? You could put your eye out!…But otherwise, heck yeah!

    • Anon. E Maus

      I do like the idea of this, especially if you make them .177 caliber, that’d make it easy to find projectiles.

    • Willard

      You can count me in. You might not make millions at it but you could sure supplement your income my bet. Maybe even enoughto take a couple of nice vacations a year and buy a firearm or two of your choice

  • schizuki

    By U.S. law, a firearm uses self-contained cartridges. Since this isn’t legally a firearm, firearm laws do not apply. That’s why muzzleloaders can be mail-ordered.

    • Mystick

      So, would the Metal Storm system be considered a firearm? It doesn’t use discreet cartridges…

      • schizuki

        Actually, I was mistaken. A firearm is defined by GCA ’68 as “any weapon
        (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be
        converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive”. There are then subsequent exceptions for muzzle loaders under “antique arms”.

  • Lance

    Good to have when fighting evil tan colored Army men figures.

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  • Tim Hosford

    That is really rad.

  • James Kelly

    As a young teenager/fool I used 1/4″ copper tubing, into which a common steel B-B would fit just fine. Flattened the breech end to seal it, drilled a touch-hole. Made a small priming pan of aluminum foil, used glowing string as a match. Later I Made small, rubber band powered percussion locks and used paper caps. Loaded with black powder, available to al at $0.75/pound. Had one 4-barrel derringer, also made bolt-action breech loaders (with which I did try to put my eye out). Best one I ever made, break-barrel breech loader with walnut stock & stainless barrel, was for my girl friend in next town. She took it to school for her science project. When some kid laughed at her she blew a hole through his project.

    Ahh, the good old days.

    Now I would be in federal prison.

  • Jamie Clemons

    I would recommend brazing the end rather than solder it is much stronger than solder.