Last year TFB published design documentation for a DIY sheet metal semi-automatic pistol. I am very pleased someone took up the challenge to build the pistol.

The guy who is building it wrote …

 I’m still experimenting with spring rates on the homemade springs and some other minor details. I hope to have some success at a multi fire attempt shortly.

He has also published videos of it being shot …

 


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  • David Harmon

    That is absolutely awesome. As a huge DIY fan and gun enthusiast, I applaud this man.

    • allannon

      Yea, it’s got some functional issues, but all in all it’s an impressive attempt, I think.

      • David Harmon

        It’s kind of like the AK of the handgun world.

        • Kelly Jackson

          • Kivaari

            That was a very interesting WW2 test piece. Without getting into my reference library, I think it worked OK. It was heavy, again from memory, I think it was about 150% compared to the M1911A1.

  • Bob

    “You know what the difference between you and me is? I make this look good…”

  • smartacus

    ooooh self-LOADING.
    for a split second i misread it as self-loathing :p

    • Bob

      Maybe the prototype… ;D

    • Kivaari

      Well it’s not an over-under. If he gets it going, and I am sure he will, this will be a nice starting point for all the small caliber blowback pistol rounds.

  • Kivaari

    Fantastic. Good luck to him and his ideas. We need more of this stuff. Skills of a century ago, will be a salvation delivering thing when the time comes. Just read the book “One Second After”, and you will all know that such skills will be of immense value.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Still better built than a hipoint

    • SirOliverHumperdink

      I was waiting for that Hi Point hate to flow.

      • Kivaari

        It is hard to suppress.

        • SirOliverHumperdink

          Not with sub sonic ammo and an oil filter lol

      • maodeedee

        Other than the fact that they look like 24 volt battery drills, the damn things work and take a licking and keep on ticking. I can’t see the point (No pun intended) of a Hi-point in 380 caliber but one in 45 ACP would be fine as a bedside gun.
        Unlike most Hi-point critics, I’ve actually owned one and shot it extensively. then I sold it for as much as I paid for it once my curiosity was satisfied. I have a decent 1911 so I didn’t need another 45 but if it was all I could afford for a house gun or a truck gun I wouldn’t hesitate to get another one.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Amen!!!

  • Matt Shermer

    It’s a special kind of craftsman that has to make their own tools, I applaud you sir, this renforces my desire to take classes in welding and getting certified…

  • Wetcoaster

    Either the trigger is a bit large or that trigger guard is kinda small

    • Clint Westwood

      It needs work. This mirrors the prototype. I’m going to have to re-profile the trigger to set it back and shorten the trigger bar.

  • Kivaari

    If we go back 30-40 years the SIG P220 and offspring used a sheet metal slide with a machined insert for the firing pin and extractor homes. Since then they have gone to a machined slide. Not that it is better. It is an example of how modern machining came back to what we consider (I) normal. I like this pistol. It is another example of why I regret selling all my gun smithing gear when I sold my business. Hind sight slapped me squarely between my eyes.

    • iksnilol

      Why sell tools?

      Maybe my lack of tools makes me grab anything I can find or scavenge? Also it possibly makes it hard to understand selling tools?

      • Kivaari

        Indeed. My “plan” was to sell the old stuff and buy totally new and better gear after I moved to Idaho. I bought my daughters house and found out it had zero insulation and the furnace ran 24/7 for 5 months. So we did a major rebuild. All of a sudden, all the shop tool money went into that home. Well, it did cut my heating cost in half. But, I don’t have the tools yet, after 9 years. Now I am old and disabled. I have several ideas for building guns. Several built around a lower receiver using AR fire controls. Nothing like an AR15 beyond the fire control parts.
        I like this mans use of sheet metal. He will do much better in the 2.0 version. Over the years I’ve seen some amazing one-of-a-kind pistols that were done with great skill. I found a couple of Viet Cong pistols firing 7.62x25mm. Those were crude.
        This is “crude”, but not in a mean spirited way. I really want to see his future efforts.

        • iksnilol

          That’s an unfortunate line of events. Don’t know what to say.

          I’ve always liked crude firearms. They feel more attainable to me. Since it isn’t a far stretch to make them.

          • Kivaari

            A lathe and mill allow you to make almost anything. I like this sheet metal weapon.

          • iksnilol

            My kingdom! MY KINGDOM… for a lathe and a mill :/

            Personally I am interested in the Winchester Liberator. Could probably make the receiver out of sheet metal.

          • Kivaari

            Good luck with any project. Years ago one of my customers brought in photographs of he and his buddies. He was Czechoslovakian and all around him were battle fields. He an his pals found several guns. Mostly Mauser rifles and an MP40. They found that all the primers were long dead. The ammo was literally in the ground when they “mined” it in the 60s. They would remove the primers using hydraulics. water in the case and a plunger hit with a hammer. The powder was good (smokeless is amazing stuff). They made primer filling from strike anywhere matches. They were good for about 24 hours. After that they absorbed enough moisture they wouldn’t fire. I love the ingenuity of those teenagers.

        • Clint Westwood

          Crude! Have you seen my tools? 🙂 And absolutely no offence taken. The main point was to see if those drawings could be turned into a working pistol. I don’t foresee a flood of these things hitting the streets. I suspect the 1000’s of downloads of these plans serve some entertainment purpose only.

          • Kivaari

            You must be missing something. I said it is crude, but it is not meant as an insult. I find your project to be fascinating. You will improve upon it. Like the undersized trigger guard. The magazine floor plate and the like. I suspect with one or more improvements you will have a solid working pistol. My hat’s off to you. A very neat project.

          • Clint Westwood

            I took no offense in you statement. It IS crude. That’s why I found it intriguing. My methods and techniques are also crude. I have access to machine tools and purposely refrained in the spirit of the designers intentions. I think the circular saw slot cutter was especially unique:) As I’ve mentioned before, the project has been very entertaining and I’ve spent more time than was probably wise.

          • Kivaari

            If you enjoyed those hours, they weren’t wasted.

          • Mike Lashewitz

            Yeah you are probably right there. I download tons of stuff but never actually get to read it. Better than printing it out first. My father In Law did that and had no room for living…

  • smitty26

    Nice piece of work,if using these well know drawings you need some skills.Building the Luty and some Mac 10/11 i found that these drawings have some things that wont work.
    So it is not that simple to create something like this.

  • datimes

    Looking forward to the finale.

  • iksnilol

    Here we see the Taurus engineer in his natural habitat.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      At the end of the day remember to count the fingers, If they are all still there it was a good day….

  • Oonue

    If he cleans up the front edges of the slide a bit, and uses some nicer looking screws he could probably compete with kimber

  • Mike Lashewitz

    I am impressed I applaud your tenacity. I would not do it fore fear I’d “shoot my eye out”. However the learning would be fun.

    • Clint Westwood

      I love that movie!

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Enjoyed the comments almost as much as watching the build.

    • Clint Westwood

      If you want comments, go look for an entry on my build on hackaday, Now those are comments. Good thing I have thick skin.

      • Mike Lashewitz

        Hackaday?

  • maodeedee

    I wonder why he didn’t chamber it in 32 ACP since max pressure for the 32 ACP is 20500 and for the 25 ACP, it’s 25,000.

    Maybe that should be his next project and since he’s already shown that he can build a magazine from scratch, next time build a gun around an existing magazine such as a Kel-tec p-32 mag which is made by Mec-gar and the Mec-gar mags are of excellent quality.

    other than the trigger, it’s not a bad looking gun. with that big of a trigger it needs a bigger trigger guard and instead of those 3 little holed in the front of the trigger he should have h-just drilled a bi8gt hole in the middle of it to “skeletonize” it.

  • Eugene Neigoff

    The only question I have is what do you do to eject the spent cartridge. I believe that is why the gun was a one-peter. You need an ejector to direct the cartridge out of the way of the slide on its return. I would suggest that the magazine be modified to cause the cartridge to eject to the right side. your workmanship is outstanding and I commend you for the work you have done. My thought are to raise one side of the magazine as is done on a few early semi-automatic pistols and cut an additional groove in the slide for the ejector to ride in.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Thank you! Clint

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Clint I was thinkin (probably dangerous that) could you use the slot in a large drill bit as the guide for rifling? Mounted in a cheap modified drill press using a block made with two tabs that fit into the slot of the bit so the bit can rotate on plunging and the cutting edge mounted to a rod welded to the flattened end of the “guide drill bit”. It would probably make for more precise rifling? The only draw back is finding a drill bit that has the appropriate twist.

    • Clint Westwood

      Interesting idea. So many ways…

  • Eugene Neigoff

    Can you document the ejector so others can follow your lead?

    I am planning to make the side plate and other small parts on my small CNC Mill and am thinking of using the 32 ACP cartridge and a Meggar magazine.

    You have started me thinking of a new idea for a small business since I retired. Since I would not be making a firearm there is no licensing problem. It would be a DO-IT-YOURSELF pistol. I think of using a piece of a junk military .308 barrel.

    • Clint Westwood

      It’s probably easier to join the Weapons Guild forum to see much more detailed progress on the build. It’s listed under Krikit 25. I’m detailing the ejector there. I may post more on my youtube channel as well.

      • Eugene Neigoff

        I am a member of the Weapons Guild in fact I am one of mike’s earliest supporters, the handle is CAPTEOD

        • Clint Westwood

          That’s great. That site is very well run. My build thread has been moved into the 2016 Builder Challenge. Same user name as here.