Peruvian home made blackpowder gun

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

James of Hell in a Handbasket spotted this photo on a Peruvian travel blog. It is homemade percussion lock gun. The owner apparently uses homemade gun powder (not hard to do … but kids don’t try this at home).

If you have read this blog for a while, you know how much I like examining homemade guns 🙂


Smooth bore or rifled? Probably smoothbore, looks like a pipe for a barrel.

More info about the gun at Hell in a Handbasket.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • DMill DMill on Mar 12, 2010

    Looks to me that the barrel came from the same place that the lock did. And old musket type gun. Both look to be sandblasted to clean them up. There were a lot of those era type guns made, and he may have found an old one and just cleaned it up. If you look at the stock you can see also where a barrel band may have been.

  • Tito Tito on Jul 29, 2010

    I am looking at building a peice such as this and was wondering what ya'll would use for a barrel because frankly mates I don't want to get my hands blown off and I was hoping ya'll could help

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