member ‘Garyd’ recently uploaded a picture of an awesomely unique homemade pistol made from hardware store parts and chambered in .357Mag. The topic came up in a discussion about odd and obscure silencer hosts. The silencer itself is also a home designed and built “Form 1” specimen. Love the engraving.

He writes:

Home built 38 Special/.357 Magnum single shot bolt action. All parts made by hand from items purchased at Lowes, except barrel, which was a leftover piece from a previous project. Pistol grip leftover from amd65 build and a scope mount found in my extra parts bin.

We should all be so talented. Well done sir.

Hardware store

Homebuilt guns (and silencers for that matter) are perfectly legal in the United States. My suggestion if you are considering undertaking a project that has the potential for danger or death is to simply be safe and know your limitations.


  • Sid Collins

    Han Solo approves.

    • iksnilol

      You only need one shot if you shoot first, right?

  • catfish252

    I’d love to see and hear this thing go bang.

    • Trotro

      …from behind some ballistic glass.

  • I was thinking about something like this just yesterday.

  • Brett baker

    How heavy of a bullet does he use in his subsonic loads?

    • JoshuaK27

      Wouldn’t have to if it’s chambered correctly ,he could just run sub sonic.38spl loads

      • iksnilol

        Or hella heavy subsonic .357 maximum.

  • therealgreenplease

    I love it!

  • TomP

    I thought homemade suppressors need a tax stamp to be legal.

    • Michael Gallagher

      Article stated it was a Form 1 build. To me that means he did the proper paperwork and got approval before he built it. So he probably has the tax stamp.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Honestly the machining is still cleaner than a Savage.

    • Kyle Blaylock

      Taurus’s first bolt-action.

  • iksnilol

    Man… I wish I had a welder.

    • MisterTheory

      Do you have access to a couple of 12v car batteries and some jumper cables? Check out YouTube. I know, you want a real welder, as do most of us.

      • iksnilol

        I’ve got that in my trunk.

        That looks interesting, and much safer than duct tape, bailing wire and hose clamps to keep a revolver barrel in place.

  • snekrz

    Building a gun is a strange dichotomy of frustration and awesomeness. It took me 5 years to get around to completing my mg42/m53 hybrid and first time welding ANYTHING. But the first successful 50 round belt through it was so worth it. Now that I have some experience I just have to find the TIME 😉

  • TwoThirtyGr

    Yeah but is it drop safe?

    • derpmaster

      BREAKING: pipe gun accidentally fires when hit with hammer

    • Kyle Blaylock

      It won’t stop the Army from adopting it.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        M17 triggers are drop safe.

        • Kyle Blaylock

          Stop ruining my salty with your logic and facts

  • 22winmag

    Glad to see there was still room for this cool post… among all the knife, flashlight, howitzer, aircraft, and military procurement drama articles.

    • Bradley

      How many of these are you going to post?

  • Jeff NME

    I’m guessing this guy is left-handed, because operating the bolt would be a heck of a lot easier with your non-dominant hand?

  • nonobaddog

    I think it needs some cocobolo grips.

    • Edeco

      Nyet, AMD65 grip is fine.*

      *yeah, I know Hungary =/= Russia.

      • iksnilol

        Russia is the reason I shoot.

        Hungary is the reason I drink on mondays (and thursdays).

        • Cymond

          Hungary is the reason I keep getting fatter.

          No, wait, that’s hungry.

          • iksnilol

            I thought it was Turkey that got you fatter?

          • Turkey is why I fall asleep on the couch…

  • Nergyl

    That’s great, but can its bullets be traded as currency in a ravaged Russian subway station for new equipment to fight mutants?