Scratch Built 1880 SA Revolver

Thanks to Enzo for sending this our way.

Waffenschmiedin x builds an 1880 Single Action Revolver from a piece of 4140 steel that was heat treated to a rockwell hardness of 27-33. She makes the entire revolver including the screws from this piece of metal. Better yet she filmed the process. It is currently a 13 part series on her YouTube channel. But the 13th episode only shows her cutting the rifling in the barrel. So I suspect there will be more videos later.

Here are some screen captures of her work.

1880 revolver

Rifling of her 1880 SA Revolver.

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Waffenschmiedin x sanding the wood grips for her revolver

1880 revolver 2

Cylinder after she bored out the chambers

If you are interested in watching the rest of the series go to her YouTube Channel.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • BattleshipGrey

    Very cool. And here I’ll be happy if I don’t screw up making my own knife someday soon, let alone building a whole gun from scratch.

  • Nicks87

    I love this stuff. It’s just another example that banning firearms in the US would do nothing to prevent people from making their own and possessing them regardless of the laws.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    I know its sexist, but the notion of a chick doing this sort of thing is way cool.

  • Bob

    Good grief. The average person these days barely knows which end of the screwdriver to hold…

  • RocketScientist

    Oh man, alert the media. This 3D gun printing thing is going too far. You’re telling me there is now a technology, a sort of inverse 3D printing, that allows people to simply print a fully functioning firearm in their garage??!??! And unlike traditional old-school 3D printing methods, this new inverse method allows the user to make the guns out of metal for increased durability and reliability?? What has modern technology brought us to? this is not going to end well, people.