POTD: Homemade .22 Pistol

In 2014 I linked to instructions on how to build an improvised .25 ACP pistol. Back then I asked for readers to email us photos if they try to make the gun. A reader sent us preliminary photos of his DIY homemade pistol with some minor modifcations. He wrote …

I’m working on a legal build of this improvised pistol. I’m going to attempt to modify the design to use .22 LR instead of .25acp. I’m using a cut down 10/22 barrel and possibly a magazine from a beretta 21a. Pictures are attached.

This is what the pistol should look like when complete is below. The full plans are here.



Steve Johnson

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  • John

    I really hope that the final product does NOT look like the provided photograph.

    • M.M.D.C.

      He’s aiming low.

      Seriously, though, I hope it comes out alright.

      • Flounder

        Hey, he has my respect just for trying! As long as it works it is a win. Asthetics are secondary to function. Right glock guys? ;P

        • MR

          That’s not weld spatter, that’s “Grip Zone”.

    • D. Dan

      I plan to clean it up a bit, add some grips( and sights for that matter), and possibly blue it. Or just cerakote it pink to piss off the haters.

  • mosinman

    why .22 over .25? is .22 now easier to find?

    • Flounder

      even at it’s worst it was still cheaper and about the same difficulty to find. 25 acp. .25 acp is just a rare round that is something you really can only find reliably online.

      • mosinman

        i would prefer it for primer reliability

        • Mark A.

          I would prefer it because if you’re try to wound someone, might as well do it louder.

    • Tassiebush

      Globally .22lr is way more common.

      • mosinman

        good point

        • Tassiebush

          I certainly appreciate it though that .25cp being centrefire and rimless offers advantages in feeding and reliability and yeah it may be locally just as available as .22lr is.
          I always see improvised guns through a lense of whether ammunition is available in the context of where they’re made.
          It might be a current round in service with belligerents if there’s a war or acquirable from local police/military or it could be leftover war material or maybe it’s dictated by what civilians can own.

    • D. Dan

      Because i had a scrap 10/22 barrel on hand.

      • mosinman

        here’s to hoping you make a youtube video of it firing soon

  • iksnilol


    • Nah, Taurus doesn’t have quality control as good as what this guy in his garage turned out.

      • no job

        not true. glock is the real junk. glock makes more money selling replacement parts.

        • MR

          Have to call you “Sno Job” if you keep up with that nonsense.

        • How many recalls or product liability lawsuits has Glock settled?

          • iksnilol

            None, because they send assassins if they have a screwup.

            only exception was the Gen 4 recall.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “This is what the pistol should look like when complete”

    No pistol should look like that.

    • iksnilol

      I think I could improve it with a dremel and liberal amounts of tape.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Some Christmas lights and a few shots of whiskey would also improve its looks.

        • iksnilol

          I don’t drink, but I think I could go against my religion this one time considering how ugly it is.

          Also, isn’t whiskey and Christmas lights the easiest way to improve the look of something?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Pretty much.

  • Maxpwr

    Needs more duct tape.

    • Oldgringo

      You can’t stupid with duct tape.

      • MR

        That sounds like a challenge to me.

  • tizwicky2009

    That’s got to be dangerous! Just stop don’t do it!

  • jeffrey melton

    With a little more attention to detail, and learning to weld, you might have something. Hope it’s safer and shoots better than it looks.

  • MrEllis

    Zip Gun Class?