How easy is it to build your own gun? Pretty damn easy. Is that a problem? If so, for whom?

28 Responses to .22LR Zip Gun: Just Thought I’d Leave This Here

  1. Love it! No problem here, though not all government agencies would agree. Just don’t get caught concealing that fine little firearm without proper licensure. California LEOs may not be as understanding these days as they were back in the day.

      • Yes indeed. Many years ago, in my less law-abiding youth, I was caught red-handed illegally carrying a pistol by a cop in California. Fortunately, he let me off with a warning. Of course, I was talking up my credentials as a prison guard at the time. Left a lasting impression on me. At least I think it was me…

  2. It’s a problem for the gun grabbers. Not for the rest of us. Again according to the second amendment, it is also legal.

    • Nah. It doesn’t have a shoulder thing that goes up.
      It only has a finger thing that goes down.

    • Zip guns by definition are not rifled, so it would be an AOW. Of course if you’re building one without a tax stamp, you’d better make sure it is rifled, in which case you’ll have no problems as long as you follow all other laws (no forward grip for example). The fact that it’s not particularly gun-shaped is not a problem so long as it isn’t shaped like anything else that is not a gun (“disguised”).

      • “The fact that it’s not particularly gun-shaped is not a problem so long as it isn’t shaped like anything else that is not a gun (“disguised”).”

        What’s in the pic at the top of the page would look like a standard bolt if it were in a pocket.

        To me, that would be ‘disguised’.


        • I work with my hands, and spend a LOT of time around hardware and machinery. Nothing I would every describe as a “standard” bolt has a head that small in relation to its shank diameter, no threading, and a weird moveable pin-thingie (aka charging handle) sticking out the slide. If I weren;t a gun guy, im not saying I’d immediately think “oh look, a gun”, but I doubt anyone would glance at that and mistake it for a 3/4″-10 bolt. Then again, I’m not BATFE, and I’m sure they’d manage to turn it into a SBR, a machinegun and a destructive device all at the same time.

  3. And a zipgun of the “slam fired” shotgun variety is even simpler … WAY simpler. In fact, if you are willing to affix a BB over the primer of a shot shell, a slam fire shotgun is stupid simple and consists of nothing more than two pieces of pipe and a pipe cap.

    Note: if the internal radius of the pipe cap prevents contact with the BB that you affix to a shot shell, you would have to partially fill the end of the cap with some inexpensive two-part epoxy … or insert a short section of a wood dowel rod to provide a solid contact surface for the BB on the shot shell when you slam it backward.

    • When you were a kid the hardest part of building a zip gun was finding decent flints for the action.

    • My father who was in highschool in the WWII era, told me stories of it being a very common kids’ accessory, like the lockback knives that were part of every young man’s wardrobe in the ’70s and ’80s.

      Sad what has happened to us.

      • I graduated in 2000, and I carried the best and fastest folding knife I could find my entire highschool career. It was kind of a necessity in some places, and I had to pull it at least once in response to a very antagonistic classmate.

    • “Pffffft. I was building betters zip guns than that when I was ten.”

      As long as a neighbor had a car parked with an antenna on it, you had a barrel…

  4. All well and good, but where can you find ammo for the thing?

    Any plans available for a 9mm zip gun? That ammo is everywhere!

  5. ZOMG! We have to ban springs! And pipes! And those little bits that go on the end of the pipes… that word I can’t say because everyone snickers like little kids…


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