How Hard Is It To Build Your Own 1911?

With the AR-15 being the Lego-style build it yourself rifle on the market today, I’ve talked about the SIG Sauer P320 is a similar modular design with the Fire Control Unit being the heart of the gun. Those designs are great, but how hard is it to build your own 1911 from scratch?

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Underground Arms Watch - December Pt.2

Continuing from Part 1 of December’s Underground Arms Watch edition, below are some of the good and not so good criminally manufactured and modified weapons recently seized off the streets.

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Underground Arms Watch – October Pt.1

Occasionally police operations across the world churn up weapons produced solely for the criminal market. Some of these are improvised while others are semi-professionally produced in illicit workshops. Documented here are a handful of interesting examples uncovered in recent months.

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POTD: Silent Danish Gat Build

What do you get when you bring together replica STEN parts, a .22 semi-auto and a lot of hard work? You get a pretty cool build. Marius Horskjær, from Denmark sent us in some photos of a build he recently finished. Initially, asking if it might be eligible for our Hot Gat Fudd Crap series, wondering what you, our readers, would make of his work. Marius’ efforts are too cool to roast so I thought it would make a great POTD.

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BUY ONCE, CRY ONCE: Invest In The Best Gunsmithing Tools Available

As a minor point of order, most of the below-listed suggestions are not dedicated gunsmithing tools – they are simply excellent hand tools that are most commonly used for weapon maintenance and upgrades. So when you aren’t switching barrels or swapping handguards, go ahead and use them to assemble that IKEA crib that will last you one to three seasons. These top tools are obvious picks – torque wrenches/drivers, brass punches, a solid vise – and shouldn’t need any explanations. Instead, let’s go through some guidance on how to protect your new, and costly, investments.

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Make a Factory Quality 9mm Rifled Barrel in your Kitchen Using Salt Water and Electricity (ECM)

Back in March 2017, I reported on a proof of concept attempt to create rifling grooves, essential to ensure stabilization of bullet, in a length of steel tubing using a process known as Electrochemical Machining (ECM). This was achieved using a simple jig designed using a 3D printer combined with copper wire laid into the ‘mirrored’ groove channels through which salt water is continuously passed through using an inexpensive electric pump and bucket set up. Essentially this process is the reverse of electroplating, instead eroding away an exposed surface, in this case, a series of shallow channels usually produced using a rifling cutting tool or by having a ‘button’ forced through.

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Homemade .40 S&W Submachine Gun Seized by Police in Brazil

Below are pictures of a homemade submachine gun seized last month by the Municipal Civil Guard of Limeira in Sao Paulo along with cocaine base paste and marijuana. This illicit craft produced SMG model has been seized as far back as at least 2014 and has appeared more regularly in recent months. These weapons are certainly the product of a large criminal distribution network being supplied by an efficiently run and well equipped illicit workshop.

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Russian inventor's prototype cosmonaut weapons discovered

While cleaning the garage of inherited property, various outlandish looking homemade firearms were discovered by a man from Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia. All appear to show the skill of a highly dedicated and imaginative individual.

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Aum Shinrikyo death cult made AK74 assault rifles

In February 1993 members of Aum Shinrikyo cult traveled to Russia including among them a mechanical engineering graduate of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Through a Russian contact they were able to tour several arms production plants and glean information on handling various weapons and explosives. During these lectures hours of video footage was taken to document the operation and mechanics of each weapon. At some point during these exchanges a single AK74 rifle was illegally procured with orders directly from leader Shoko Asahara to be smuggled back to Japan. This would serve as a template for the group to produce a rifle of their own.

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UK Police Raid Illegal Gun Factory

Police in Sussex, UK, raided a seemingly innocuous factory unit outside the small town of Hailsham. Three men have been arrested in connection with the raid for various firearms offences.

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IMPROVISED: Homemade .22lr Revolver Project

Here is a simple .22 revolver project built by a reader from absolute scratch using basic tools while following the plans here. For a gun built at home from scrap steel it isn’t far off from looking like a commercially produced handgun, far flung from typical makeshift contraptions though still within the skill range of the average layman with nothing more fancy than a drill and a stick welder

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3D Printed CARBON FIBER Suppressor to Be Introduced by Middlebranch Machine

Canton Ohio custom gunmaker Middlebranch Machine has released a teaser image of a new kind of suppressor, which they say is made of “carbon fiber composite” construction. Unlike previous efforts at making carbon fiber suppressors, Middlebranch Machine’s design does not seem to use a straight carbon-fiber tubing body, but appears to be 3D printed, instead. This is strongly suggested by the background of the image which shows a customized Glock with a unique looking suppressor in front of what is probably a Markforged Mark Two carbon fiber 3D printer. Mark Twos are some of the only carbon fiber 3D printing machines in the world.

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The First Day Of TFB Christmas: Gunsmithing Tools

Well, it’s that time of year again – the holiday season is upon us and with it comes the the stress of both giving and receiving gifts. Fear not, we are going to spend the next 12 days giving you ideas for that special shooter in your life. And while your at it, what don’t you go ahead and get yourself something really nice.

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Homemade Semi-Auto P.A Luty Machine Pistol (LOTS OF PHOTOS)

Mike over at Mike’s Custom Weaponry has sent in photos of his latest project in the final stages of completion which happens to be a semi-auto version of the Machine Pistol from P.A Luty’s book Expedient Homemade Firearms Vol 2. The original design is of course fully automatic but with a few changes, namely an AR trigger group and a floating firing pin, a legal semi-automatic version can be made.

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POTD: Lucky Thirteen – Stacking 300Blk Front To Back

Having a bad day? I’ll help you put your firearms “issues” into perspective. Instagram user @chrisbarrett  (yes, president of Barrett – Chris Barrett) posted an image of a barrel from an unlucky customer who was experiencing accuracy issues. As it turns out, the shooter in question had stacked thirteen 300BLK bullets end to end in a carbine-length barrel. I think I found the accuracy issue.

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