Apocalypse Hardware Store Pistol Build

Remember the YouTube channel Royal Nonesuch with the homemade gun guy who posts all those do not try this at home type videos? Like the one where he shoots a .50BMG out of a homemade 12g shotgun. Well he posted a video earlier this year of a hardware store pistol build for when the world goes down the drain. It was actually a pretty interesting design, it kind of looks like an FP-45 Liberator pistol from WWII. Well the designer of the apocalypse pistol build Mark Serbu of Serbu Firearms posted a more in depth video of the pistol showing the initial design in CAD. One part they didn’t buy at Home Depot was the breech which was made from a scrap piece of .22lr barrel they had laying around that they turned down and welded into the barrel.

The single shot pistol is really simple and it actually looks like a firearm, unlike this zip gun that was confiscated in South Africa or this homemade pen gun from Australia that was actually being manufactured and sold to gang members. While a homemade gun wouldn’t be my first choice for use if the SHTF, it’s better than nothing I suppose. Check it out in action in the video below.

Ray I.

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  • Better Engineering than the Remington R51.

    • Sasquatch

      that was below the belt.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Good God, please please have the decency to shoot me with a better looking gun.

    • Anonymoose

      Beggars can’t be choosers.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I guess if I want something done right…

  • Anonymoose

    I would have done it in 9mm with a more rounded grip frame, as an homage to the Deer Gun.

  • Andrew

    Still better than a Remington R51.

    • somethingclever

      You were 21 minutes too late on your comment.

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  • Mike N.

    You know, if the S really does HTF to the point where I have to cobble together these homemade firearms, and I’m not already dead, I might as well build an open bolt SMG, which are apparently fairly easy to make. Or really, there’d probably be “battlefield pickup” firearms available too. Cool project though.

    • Ryfyle

      Rifling could also be an easy task. I’ve been debating how to replace the sine bar on an old school rifling tool with rando bike parts.

      • iksnilol

        I am considering just using straight grooves since I’ve got no rifling tools. Straight grooves should provide some stability (though not spin).

    • DIR911911 .

      the slide fire shotguns look a lot more practical than this

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      I think the point of a gun like this is akin to the old FP45 Liberator.

      You use it to get a better gun, and then pass it along to some other resistance fighter.

    • undeRGRound

      No Doubt! Simply read up on the normal operation of a PPS-43C and figure it out… Sounds “dead simple”, but of course totally illegal!

  • iksnilol

    Regarding the door hinge South Africa gun: Look! Something with less chamber support than a Glock.

  • datimes

    With CNC machines and other tools available to this man he should be cranking out high quality, reliable, machine pistols.

  • jim

    I’m certain acetylene and welding rod will be plentiful post apocalypse.
    But in the face of a political catastrophe? Sure…