Sometimes gun enthusiasts want something just a bit different; something that they have essentially created themselves, and this normally comes in the form of a homemade gun. Homemade guns are not what one might imagine, namely something found on the person of a terrorist or in a prison, but rather unique guns designed and built by the gun owner.
There are literally hundreds of homemade gun designs available on the Internet, including many with detailed blueprints and instructions on how to complete the weapon so that it fires. However, be very careful to avoid designing something illegal by reviewing the local and federal gun laws and guidelines before starting the project.
Homemade Zip Guns
A zip gun is just an improvised type of firearm made at home, often created from scratch out of things the owner had on hand. Search engines have listing after listing of these homemade guns, most intended for use by children or teenagers.
They normally fire household items such as marshmallows, rocks, marbles, pellets, or similar items, but there are also a few designs for adults that can fire at least one shot before rendered useless.
Some of these handmade gun designs call for .22 caliber bullets, others 9 mm, and still others fire things that are dangerous but easier to find, such as rocks or arrows.
How to Make a Homemade Gun
The majority of the designs found on the Internet are for zip guns designed for older children and teens to use, normally for prank playing and annoying but harmless jokes. For instance, using a board, three screws, a clothespin, a rubber band, and some marbles, one can make a homemade zip gun that resembles a crude crossbow.
Use it responsibly of course, but in the name of good clean fun, it is a great toy for a mature child, preteen, or young teenager. Since some homemade guns, especially crude zip guns, can be just as dangerous to the user as the target, use caution when giving one to a child.
To make this homemade, inexpensive gun, simply start by cutting a small piece of the board to size (a 2 x 4 section about six inches long works great).
Then, add two screws about two inches from one end of the board, but they should not be screwed all the way in, just about three-quarters of the way.
Next, screw a clothespin to the board at the other end, making sure to leave enough room for firing and to stretch the rubber band tight. Plastic clothespins work very well since most have holes in the handles that are handy for holding the screw.
Stretch the rubber band on the outside of the two screws and secure with the clothespin. Fire marbles or wooden pellets with this type of gun.
Types of Popular Handmade Weapons
Other than children’s toys, there are many types of handmade guns that are commonly seen, some of which resemble a gun and others that are camouflaged. Normally the camouflaged weapons are for less than honorable purposes, such as moving through airport security without detection.
They may look like flashlights, lighters, cell phones, pens, and large bolts, and some need another part in order to fire them. Some fire only the one shot and can be throw away with little suspicion while others are designed to fire several shots and can even be reloaded at will.
Cap guns, flare guns, and air guns are also popular for modifying into guns that shoot live ammunition, and some of these homemade gun models can be adapted with other parts to form weapons that resemble machine guns or sub-machine guns even.
To some people, taking one type of gun and improvising it into another is a means of creating a homemade gun to suit another purpose. Shotguns are prime examples of guns that are turned into other types of homemade weapons, and there are several versions of sawed off shotguns used as M-16s. Like the less harmful counterparts, these jury-rigged guns are dangerous both to the shooter and the target, and they are illegal around the world.
Use of Homemade Guns
It is not hard to imagine the types of situations that potentially warrant the use of a homemade or improvised gun. The United States is far from the only area that sees use of these handmade guns, and there are types used all over the world for various reasons. For instance:
- Self- or family protection in a high crime area. Knowing that the family is at risk is scary, and many people turn to a homemade gun to protect themselves and family members. This is especially true in very poor or tumultuous areas in the world where actual guns are hard to find or expensive to purchase.
- Hunting for food. In very rural areas, finding food can be a big challenge without some sort of improvised weapon. Homemade guns, especially those similar to crossbows, are common in those areas where heading to the nearest grocery store is a challenge at best.
- Hunting for profit. People pay a significant amount for various things, such as animal hides, meat, antlers, bone, and so on. Although hunting for profit is not legal in most areas, there are still hundreds—even thousands—of people hunt for game that is both in-season and out all year round with homemade weapons.
- For weapons sales. Since these homemade firearms can be sold for far more than it costs to make them, it should not be a surprise that people make them solely for profit. These are illegal weapons, but some resort to this measure for a variety of reasons, not all of which are illegal or unsavory.