How to Legally Make Your Own Gun (Part I)

Making your own gun is legal. Just make sure that you know what you’re doing.

If you have little to no experience with guns, it’s possibly not smart to try to make your own. It could be dangerous or deadly to make a mistake. There’s no harm in buying a firearm from an honest manufacturer and then take a class to learn how to handle it defensively, intelligently, and safely.

But DIY has its appeal too. For those who currently have basic firearm know-how with common tools, it’s simple to make a gun that’s just as safe as one purchased from a store.

It’s also perfectly legal in most US jurisdictions. That simple fact is typically ignored by pundits and politicians in the debate over gun control. Though, if even moderately skilled individuals can make their own weapons at home, and an increasing number of people can, then passing laws to control commercial manufacture and sale look really futile.

While firearm restrictionists will likely soon be fighting for laws to rein in private production, there’s only so much they can do. Communicating guidelines for how to build a gun is constitutionally protected speech.

With the First Amendment, let’s go through how to make a weapon based on one of the most popular semi-automatic handguns on earth: the Glock 17 which is a double-stack, full-size 9 mm pistol with a track record of ease and reliability. Presently, third-party businesses started marketing “frame kits” that let private individuals make guns that look and work like Glocks and are compatible with Glock parts.

The caveat is that their product includes excess plastic that, unless eliminated, stops you from turning it into a working weapon. By itself, the product they sell doesn’t count as a firearm in the eyes of the law.

This will be the foundation for our homemade gun.