Reader James Kaleda writes:
Recently the gun rights deniers have been all up in arms (pun intended) about 3-D printing and the making of “ghost guns.” Many states have jumped on the bandwagon proposing bills that would prevent people from purchasing certain parts, downloading 3-D plans, and all kinds of other silly restrictions. Silly, not just because prohibition never works, but silly because the instructions for making your own firearms have been readily and easily available for decades.
I don’t know when the first book on how to make homemade guns was printed, and I don’t know when the first person noticed that certain pipes at the hardware store were the same diameter of a 12 gauge shotgun barrel. But the knowledge and expertise have long been out there and you can still buy books on how to build your own from Amazon (for now). In fact all of the books below were, at least until recently, available on Amazon.
The idea of 3-D printing a firearm is nice, but the current level of technology still doesn’t lend it self well to building firearms for most individuals. In the meantime, obviously, we still want and need to protect our First and Second Amendment rights. It is likely that 3-D printers will, someday, become one of the best options for manufacturing firearms parts on an individual basis. Until then there are several books available for free on the Internet at allow you the build firearms with tools you have lying around your house.
Homemade Guns and Aammo by Ronald Brown (which you can still buy through Amazon from third-party sellers) provides instructions on how to make a shotgun out of some pipes and scraps of wood…or just a couple of pipes. And quite a bit more.
If you have a bit more skill with tools than I, well there’s at least five sources available online right now — for free — on how to build submachine guns with parts you can get at Home Depot and tools you probably have in your workshop.
Expedient Home Firearms – The 9mm Submachine Gun
Expedient Momemade Firearms, VOL II – the .32/.380 Machine Pistol
The Sten MKII – Complete Machine Plans
Home Workshop Guns for Defense and Resistance – 22 Machine pistol
A Do-It-Yourself Submachine Gun
This is probably a good time for me to include the obligatory disclaimer about following all applicable laws. It’s generally illegal to make your own full-auto gun. P.A. Luty, author of Expedient Homemade Firearms, was incarcerated for making some of his designs.
If that’s still not enough, there is a manual out that shows you how to build a bazooka.
All of this kind of makes the Liberator pistol seem a little superfluous, no? Now maybe you’re thinking, “That’s all fine and dandy, but now anti-gunners are talking about regulating or banning ammunition, too.” That’s OK, you can find instructions on building your own ammunition at The Home Gunsmith.
Gun Powder? There’s The Do-It-Yourself Gunpowder Cookbook by Don Mclean.
Want to quiet things down a bit? Well there’s are plenty of resources out there for that, too (including plenty of options still on Amazon):
With all of the attention that 3-D printing, 80% lowers and “ghost guns” have gotten in recent years, it’s easy to forget that all of this information is available for free, and has been for years. So why are the gun bigots so excited now? Could it be that they never noticed that free bazooka plans were available online? Or is all the outrage just pretense to make further infringements on our Second Amendment rights?
James Kaleda is an outspoken gun rights activist and Anarcho-capitalist, known for challenging anti-gun politicians. He is the host of the Out of Order Gun rights podcast, which is a member of the Self defense Radio Network. The podcast features in depth interviews with pro-gun authors, gun rights activists, firearms trainers, hunters, and those who have used firearms defensively. He aims to dispel anti-gun myths created through media bias. You can find him at www.outoforderjameskaleda.com Facebook, twitter, minds, mewee. The podcast is available on iTunes and pretty much everywhere else. James has also created the following useful sites for gun owners.
Gifts for gun nuts – where you get great gift ideas for the hunting and shooting enthusiast in your life
Nag your Rep – get your free guide on using social media marketing tools to automatically and systematically remind your reps about gun control.
Sell More Firearms – where you will find a free guide for FFLs on using social media to increase sales