Royal Nonesuch Proves He’s An Idiot (Again)

Royal Nonesuch, a home-made firearms YouTuber has continued to sink to lower lows of safety (although some may argue increases in ingenuity) through his various homemade firearms projects. The latest project show is a .50 Cal firing through a pipe.

A preliminary analysis shows that this should have catastrophically failed (especially if the bullet had any resistance in the bore increasing pressure). If anything, this kid was lucky that this did not grenade and fragment. That pipe is not rated for the pressures of a detonation, even without additional pressure in the bore.

At the rate this guy is going, he really is going to put one of his own eyes out. For anyone with any common sense, DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    His parents aren’t saving college money they’re saving burial money.


    For a minute there I thought the gun was a “high point” oh I kid high point. Lol

  • Scott Tuttle

    oh my, thats right kids- leave it to professional youtubers. dont try this at home. (in case you didnt watch the video thats what he says)

  • Vhyrus

    My guess is that the act of fire forming the brass out to such an increased diameter along with the massively oversized bore kept the pressure down low enough for the pipe to contain it. Might not be as dangerous as you think.

    • SP mclaughlin

      And he fired it by string too at least. Kinda surprised to see this kind of vitriol from an actual TFB article.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Mainly because this kind of dumbassery can make you dead.
        Ever shot a .50 bmg shoulder rifle? Its not anything to be making at home out of string and pipes.

        • Scrumward bound

          Shhhhhhhhhh, that’s what the government wants you to think

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            “Shut up, Dale.”

      • sam

        Yep, surprisingly harsh and peremptory.

        • I have no issue with that label, while 12 Gauge is low pressure, 50 is decidedly not.

          This was an example of Grade A stupidity.

          • royal nonesuch

            You surprise me bro. You really think the .50 is gonna still develop the same pressures as it would in a barrel chambered for it??? (58,800 psi)
            Anyways, iv8888 already did this in a factory gun. Are calling them idiots too?

          • Mr. FN

            Hopefully you were behind some form of cover though, yes?

          • Joshua

            he has a bullet proof dumpster. you can see it in some of his other videos

          • royal nonesuch

            Yes, a propped up boat. Wasn’t too worried about anything happening in the first place.

          • sam

            You should spend a little more time learning about applied chemistry and mechanics, a little less time worrying about what Royal Nonesuch does.*

            *deliberate paraphrase of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. I can’t resist, it’s too perfect.

          • jeff k

            people watch your channel not because of the homemade guns . but because its like a NASCAR race. you just want to see the crashes. pretty soon your going to get hurt and everyone will say the same thing they did about Steve Erwin ……… seen that coming

          • iksnilol

            Nah, I watch it because of the guns.

      • Different writers different opinions:-)

        • royal nonesuch

          Hope you guys don’t have to pay him to write these posts…

    • Budogunner

      There appears to be no contact between the bullet and the bore… er, pipe. This would mean most of the powder would simply blow by and relatively little energy imparted to the bullet. It would also drop pressure dramatically.

      I’m not saying this is safe, far from it. I think it gives the false impression that a homemade gun can handle .50 BMG pressures.

      • Precisely.

      • Ironclad

        ” I think it gives the false impression that a homemade gun can handle .50 BMG pressures.”



        • Budogunner

          There is homemade, and home smithed. BIG difference in tools, materials, and skillset required.

          • Ironclad

            Um, Homemade and Home smithed (home gunsmithing?) are NOT defining measurements of craftsmanship.

            I’ve seen both firearms that were created by certificated gunsmiths (with access to all the tools and materials that one would ever want or dream of) that were total garbage.

            And I’ve seen others that were made to perfection by folks (with only a toolbox and pile of scape metal to their name) who never fired a real factory manufactured gun in their entire lives.

            tl;dr: It’s not the tools and the materials that make a person into a great craftsmen. It’s time, experience and their knowledge that makes that person into a great craftsmanship.

    • Jean Luc Picard

      Yeah it’s definitely lower

      Though It wouldn’t be accurate any day due to the fact that the bullet isn’t held
      I personally think he knew what he was doing, I mean he never shot the gun by himself here

  • Nicholas Chen

    My issue is that kids in the Philippines are making 1911 race guns out of scrap metal. This just seems childish in comparison.

    • JK

      You leave RIA out of this!

      • Ethan


      • Fracking Saves

        Pssst…RIA is located in South Carolina, now.

        • JK

          All of it? Not trying to be a smart one, I just wasn’t sure if that was all of production, or just the importer’s office.

        • sean

          firearms are not produced there

      • Grindstone50k

        top lol

      • Anon. E Maus

        Oh behave!
        RIA makes a very good shooter for the money you give them.

        • JK

          Ya, I’ve been considering getting one. I just couldn’t resist the slow pitch.

    • Vitor Roma

      If they put Larry Vickers name on those guns, they can make some money.

  • hikerguy

    The old expression “God protects fools and children” might could still apply here.

  • Nathan Means

    Great now the goverment is going to ban metal piping and green paint because it can be made into a deadly weapon. Good going kid

  • Hokum

    People _with_ common sense don’t need texts like “don’t try this at home” or some such.

    • Ethan

      There’s a great line some stand up comedian did a while back on this:

      “Now, I’m not saying we should kill all the stupid people. I’m just saying – lets remove all of the warning labels and let nature take its course.”

  • Jay

    Why would you give traffic to this kind of morons?

    • Ethan

      Every click = $

    • Because there is a lot of people not as smart as you who need reminding to not be an idiot. For everyone else, you can amuse yourself at his stupidity.

  • ConservativeSurge

    “A preliminary analysis shows…”

    What does that mean? You watched 5 times?

    • I cant tell what mettalurgy he used in the pipe, so it can only be preliminary. If I know the metalurgy, clearances, and tolerances I could prove how stupid he was.

  • Vitsaus

    I’m so tired of humanity now.

  • Alex C

    this kid is in danger of hurting himself. Someone should contact child services.

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      “individual freedom” loving gun owners

      • JK

        “Sarcasm” loving english readers

        • DonDrapersAcidTrip

          Oh, a “whether I cry ‘joke’ later or not depends entirely on how the idiotic and pointless thing I’m about to type is recieved,” post, I see.

          • JK

            Better get yer eyes checked.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Crying “joke” after the fact does not magically make a dumb comment either automatically funny, or non-idiotic

          • JK

            Didn’t claim it did. But I didn’t make the original comment. I merely pointed out that it was most likely sarcasm. But if you have to explain a joke, either it isn’t funny, or the person you’re explaining it to is a moron. Or, in this case, both.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            “But I didn’t make the original comment.”
            No but you’re more than happy to bend over backwards to explain “humor” to people in defense of peoples idiotic comments, so, great. thanks. lol. I could care less the original intention of the comment, it was idiotic, not remotely funny, and completely unnecessary, sort of like everything you’ve posted.

          • JK

            “Bend over backwards”? How did you know? Are you with the NSA?

          • JK

            Again, sarcasm. Not funny, not necessary, just sarcasm.

      • It appears I have a doppelgänger.

        • iksnilol


          So get on with it, please, would you kindly?

        • seems so for the next 30 seconds anyway.

        • ghost

          Not to worry, doppelgangers are easily removed. Only an office visit, but a little embarrassing being put in a swivel chair, spun upside down and having your cheeks spread.

  • Wetcoaster

    Is he still using earbuds for hearing ‘protection’?

  • GunSafetyGuy6969

    safety not politics – safety, safety, safety.

  • MagyarPuska

    “Just leave it up to the Professional YouTubers like myself…alrighty let’s shoot this tomato sauce.”

    • Tom

      Its okay he used Duct Tape.

    • MR

      Did flames shoot out of the tomato sauce can?

  • Alex Vostox @ Azril

    And we thought that Bronies is a bad thing….

    • mosinman

      they still are

      • iksnilol

        Better blown up and maimed than a brony IMO.

        • SP mclaughlin

          Ahaha that made my morning.

  • MR

    AKA fire forming brass shells for 12ga.

  • mosinman

    for a second there i though i was on a Bearing Arms hack job article

  • john

    It’s actually pretty informative and until this guy blows off one of his limbs, I might just keep watching.

  • Southpaw89

    Well a complete idiot would have fired it off hand, I hope he was hiding behind something solid when he set it off. If any good were to come out of this maybe it will at least satisfy the curiosity of some viewers and prevent them from attempting this themselves. I’d say he was very lucky that things didn’t go horribly wrong here.

    • sam

      From watching his other vids, I’d guess he was hiding behind a stack of above-ground-pool wall sections or a port-a-potty or the like. Sometimes it’s a dumpster.

      • Southpaw89

        Anyone else itching for a ballistics test on a honey bucket now? The dumpster doesn’t sound so bad, but I would opt for a few sandbags or and engine block.

  • patrickiv

    He fired it remotely…

  • drooog

    I call bogus on this fracas, from the uk.
    proven shotgun barrel ( as per previous videos), done before ( check .50 bmg in shotgun ), known hoplo-troll
    ( I know, I’m subbed, as at FAB, as long as the whole hawaiian shirt thing doesn’t translate to actual dangerous behaviour, I’m just purely jealous )

  • Even though this…..experiment, lets call it, was incredibly unadvised, this is the only “New” gun that’s managed to interest me. Can we get something different then AR-15 clones and Franken-AK’s?

  • ghost

    Like everything else, we expect to see blood.

  • Taofledermaus

    It certainly has the APPEARANCE of danger, but if you understand how firearms work, it isn’t as dangerous as it appears, and he proved it by doing it over and over. He is shooting a .50 cal-sized bullet through a bore of almost .750″. That means it isn’t possible build up very much pressure. In fact, so little pressure built up that most of the powder couldn’t even ignite and the bullets had VERY little velocity. He would have had similar results just setting off the rounds outside the pipe.

  • droog

    just for general interest, the most prompt-est interweb, eva, E-V-A on on the comments,
    Hurrah FAB,
    p.s.. Hurrah RNS , as long as you don”t kill yourself, Hurrah Hoplo-troll.

  • Ron Fox

    You gotta love the “Don’t try this at home, leave it to us professional youtubers. All right, let’s shoot this tomato sauce!” line.


  • kyphe

    Not very dangerous, low pressure due to large bore. I would still wrap the barrel to hold shards if you got a local failure. probably safer in that big thick pipe than the guy who shot it 50cal from a 12

  • Tom Currie

    Actually he didn’t make an .50 cal rifle — or even a .50 cal smooth-bore — what he made was a shield surrounding a .50 cal cartridge which he then detonated. As we all know, when a round detonates without a chamber and barrel to contain the expanding gasses, the brass and the bullet go flying at relatively low velocities (compared to being fired) and very little pressure is generated (again compared to being fired).

  • Goody

    The stupidest thing I saw in this video was using a knife to dig the bullet out. I get that the channel is all about using the wrong tool for the job, but usually there’s a method to the madness.

  • boreal

    Gunpowder doesn’t detonate, it’s a low explosive. It deflagrates (burns). Only high explosives, like C4, can detonate.

  • Cal S.

    I like him. He isn’t the safest when it comes to eye pro, but when things go boom, he’s behind something solid.

  • uisconfruzed


  • Mike Goodwin

    I’m 68 years old and this stuff still gets my attention! Get off of your moral high ground! First, the young man seems to know a little more about the basics of “shootin stuff” than he’s given credit. He took obvious, basic precautions. If it was not for young “explorers” coming along to replace us old “gun nuts”, our precious field of interest would dry up! When Mama wasn’t doing her duty, I was shooting the primers of loaded 12 ga. shells, laying on a board, with my Daisy Red Rider BB gun before I was allowed to ride my bicycle across the highway. I learned that, without a confined chamber making chamber pressure, the shot barely escaped out the crimped end. And, by the way, when I rode that Schwinn Black Phantom, I built jumping ramps, put my feet up on the handle bars and didn’t wear one of those idiotic pointy bicycle helmets. And, Mama didn’t put me in a car seat, strapped in the back seat, backwards! ….. I learned where I was a’going! I could go on and on. I’ve got some scars from my experiments and I’m still alive! Would I be alive, today, if I didn’t have those scars and memories?

    • Phil Elliott

      Did the same thing with my BB gun, stuck a shell in a bridge timber and fired away. Can still see that primer coming in slow motion cause I was moving, just didn’t move fast enough! Nasty bruise on my ribs, lucky that’s all it was. was afraid to look, thought sure I had a hole in me. Older and wiser now.

    • Zebra Dun

      It was still a dumb stunt, and a useless trick just for a camera.

    • John Paschke

      “If it was not for young “explorers” coming along to replace us old “gun nuts”, our precious field of interest would dry up! ”

      What field of interest is that? Shooting garbage with homemade junk?

      • Mike Goodwin

        Yes! “Shooting garbage with homemade junk” is an excellent description of one of the many fields of interest ingrained in most “gun nuts”. By the way, “gun nuts” is a complimentary term used to describe those folks with a life-long passion for firearms, ballistics, reloading, design, quality of workmanship and simply, how and why stuff works. Ninety-nine percent of the true gun nuts didn’t begin the pursuit of their passion with a high-grade, store-bought gun and premium ammunition shooting clays at their gun club. A common thread can be found in almost all knowledgeable, skilled and successful folks in technical/mechanical type fields. For we “maturing” gun nuts, that commonality, that thread, is experimenting and attempting to duplicate those mysterious results that occur when a trigger is pulled. We reload, not always abiding by the manuals. We develop wildcat cartridges. We experiment! And, as youthful gun nuts, if normal, we experiment! The experience of “shooting garbage with homemade junk” is a valuable learning experience…..if you don’t kill your fool self! It’s somewhat like major league baseball players began developing their skills in backyards and on sandlots, not in stadiums. They likely had taped up cracked bats and flat gloves or no gloves, at all. There’s the championship NASCAR drivers starting to go fast in go-carts and on dirt bikes before their appearance on the high-banked ovals. My comments, the original and this, are not to condone those inevitable and less than textbook safe practices. Nor, are they to snobbishly belittle the quality of the equipment that served a real purpose in youthful first steps and experimenting. And, I choose to comment because I felt that I had something constructive to say, not just to add a s–ty remark.

  • I’m mad jelly. blow up some 22’s next time. that really makes the nerds butthurt 🙂 50 bmg scares me. lolol. i wouldn’t even do that.

    • royal nonesuch

      Hahaha you made it over here too 😛

  • bruce Cambell

    You’ll shoot your eye out kid!

  • Iblis

    He seems to have made a 12 gauge/.50 bang stick. Just jam the muzzle on something and it will go off!

  • Salty Nuts

    He burned the tomato sauce

  • me ohmy

    he breaks knives too…DUMB ASS ALERT

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else notice the momentary flame on the side of the tomato sauce can? I’m at a loss as to what would cause that – anyone care to make an educated guess who knows what they’re talking about? Shouldn’t have been enough MV to set off an incendiary projectile (and it appeared to be FMJ anyway), the sauce isn’t flammable, and it looks like a quick flash-over. I’m stumped.

  • floppyscience

    Needless to say, this is not the most professional article I’ve read on TFB.

    I’m not even seeing what the problem is. Other, more notable Youtubers have done the same thing, albeit with factory shotguns and not a homemade one. Nevertheless he’s taken all the necessary safety precautions and is firing the cartridge remotely. If I didn’t know better, I’d say the author didn’t actually watch the video and just assumed he was popping a .50 BMG into a pipe gun and firing it from his shoulder. The tone of this article certainly isn’t justified by the content in the video.

  • CavScout

    I don’t see any issue here. Was the experiment conducted safely? Looks like he used a rope to the trigger to fire. I work in insanely safety-conscious work environment, and sometimes you just have to ask yourself, “Can it be done safely?”
    Agree with the ‘Get off your moral high ground!’ comment.

  • guest

    “A preliminary analysis shows that this should have catastrophically failed (especially if the bullet had any resistance in the bore increasing pressure). If anything, this kid was lucky that this did not grenade and fragment. That pipe is not rated for the pressures of a detonation, even without additional pressure in the bore.”

    Since when is there a detonation is a smokeless powder charge, besides that coming from the primer?

    Stop pulling “analysis” such as this out of your rear end. .50 in 12 has been done before, look it up.