February 21st, 2017 by jhines


In the event of a societal breakdown this is a simple DIY gun you can build yourself from pieces found or purchased at a hardware store.

If you can imagine a national emergency, societal breakdown, military law, national confiscation or natural disaster when firearm access has been prevented or denied, you can also imagine having to build guns on your own. Well, here’s a SHTF weapon that you can make from hardware store items.

And if nothing else, it’s a practical and fun hack in upping your McGyver skill, and improving your SHTF know-how. By the way, please, ignore the political statements at the end of the video. We chose this video strictly because of its gun-building content.

There are many homemade firearm instructional videos on the internet. This is just one example, and it’s a pretty good one because it requires a minimal amount skills in welding and a little machining. It’s not too labor-intensive but it does require some basic hand and machine work, have a look.

Video Transription
This story begins the way a lot of guy stories begin: At a hardware store. But I would bet nobody here is looking for the kind of stuff that we’re here looking for.

[Introduction music]

Now when we say “Apocalypse Gun” we’re not talking a total apocalypse. You know, where you’re basically running around in a loincloth, hungry and crapping in the woods, we’re talking about some sort of societal breakdown. Maybe Martial law, and at the very least, a situation where guns and ammo have been banned and confiscated. There has to be the assumption that there will still be normal commerce, electricity available, et-cetera. And under those conditions, a hardware store will become a very valuable resource. All parts of the apocalypse gun can be bought at hardware stores, or be ordered from hardware suppliers online. And while the gun can be made with only hand tools, we sure didn’t do it that way.

This is called a top-level assembley drawing, and it lists all the parts in the entire gun. Every item on the parts list references a drawing or instruction on how to buy a part.

Ok what we’re looking at here is an animated exploded view of the CAD model of the gun. Everything I designed is done completely in CAD before I even think about cutting metal. Yeah I used to do it the Royal Nonesuch way, where I’d just run out there into the shop and start cutting and grinding, and I won’t say it isn’t still a temptation, but I’ve learned over the years that this is the best way to do things. And he’ll learn that eventually, too.

In this section view, which is basically a slice right down the middle, you can see the breach which is inserted into the barrel. We made it from a scrap piece of 22 barrel, which was turned down in diameter, chambered, and welded in place. What’s interesting, is we originally only planned for this gun to fire ball-bearings using stud gun blanks. And that’s why you see this different type of breach here, this short little piece, and in fact that’s what the original barrel had in it; but then we figured out that the ideal material to use for this little breach was a little segment of 22 barrel that we had lying around, we figured ‘hey, why not leave it a little long, leave some of the rifle barrel in there, and leave the ability to fire the .22 as well?’ In fact, that’s where the name comes from, the 2238, it .22 and basically a 38, three-eighths diameter ball-bearing.

Taking one last look at the breach made from the 22 barrel scrap, we welded this part in, but you could easily thread these two together. What we’re looking at in detail here is what you call a slide cap. This is another part that could either be welded on, like we did, or threaded on. All slamfire guns have to have a firing pin in this area. Royal Nonesuch likes to make his out of a blob of weld, but I like to CNC Machine mine. And of course you could always just drill a hole and put a pin through there, or a screw through there, all sorts of ways to solve that.

Just in case you were wondering what the three holes were for, on the frame of the gun, this answers the question. It was just in order to screw it down to some other plate so we could clamp it down to the CNC machine and do all our work on it. And you can also see that the frame is made up of two pieces of two and a half-inch wide of really crappy hot-rolled steel called ASTME36. So you don’t even need a big ‘ol piece of steel to do this, you could make two little ones, weld it, sand it down, whatever. But you can get this stuff at Home Depot or some kind of hardware store.

Alright, so, here’s how you unload it. I’m gonna go ahead and– it’s easier to figure it out if you take the springs off. This little shuttle here, first you’ve got to pull the trigger to be able to pull the slide back, this little shuttle goes down this notch, you can slide the whole receiver tube or whatever you wanna call it, and there’s the round. Stick another one in there, engage the little shuttle, pull the trigger, make sure you use all four or five of our hands… Yeah I guess the smart thing to do would be if you have an easy, dis-engageable set of springs. But anyway, for now, we’ve got this!

[Fires twice]

Huh, keeps giving me an error on the chronograph. Don’t know why.

[More firing]

Well I hope you appreciated the Apocalypse hardware store gun build. Note that yeah, we used some pretty expensive equipment in this build, but we definitely didn’t have to. It’s all about thinking outside of the box, and using the resources you have available to you. Most of all, be safe out there, folks.

Sources: David Smith, Royal Nonesuch Youtube, Serbu Firearms

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January 5th, 2017 by jhines

Make a Bang with this 45 ACP Survival Pistol

If you couldn’t afford a real pistol could you make one out of ordinary metal pipes? Obviously, yes for many of us preppers are into DIY (do it yourself) and there are lots of instructions that you can find on the internet.

The .410/45ACP pistol is a very simple design all required is a barrel fitted for either a .410 shotgun shell or a 45ACP round. The other part is the receiver that houses the plunger with the pin on the inside, this sits on top of the grip.

The grip handle is hollow which can hold a couple of 45ACP rounds or .410 shells. To shoot just screw the barrel with a round in it to the handle. Pull back on the plunger to cock the gun and squeeze the trigger.

When not in use, you can take off the barrel and now the pistol is in two parts which can be placed into your “bug out bag“. You can have as many barrels as you’d like with shells or rounds inserted when ready to go. Its definitely a poor man homemade pistol, what do you all think?, please comment below.

Please use caution and exercise all safety, if you don’t know what you’re doing then do not try this at home.

Video Transcription

Welcome everyone to another epsiode of Royal Nonesuch, today we’ve got my survival pistol, this thing is completely done, modified exactly how I want it. It comes with two barrels, and one is a 45ACP barrel, the other is a .410 shotgun barrel. So let’s just go ahead and take a couple shots with it.

Bottle on the left, 45ACP.


Ah, hit the top.

We’ll have to finish that one off. Just simply unscrew the barrel here, and we’ll swap out barrels, we’ll shoot the .410 next. So you just screw the barrel in, and go ahead and just pull this plunger back, and set it. That’s how this works. So we’ll just go ahead and finish that bottle off.


Since this is a survival pistol, I tried to design it as simply as I could. Obviously, the barrel screwing into the receiver is very simple, and also the trigger mechanism is simple, as I’ll show you in just a second here. So this thing has already been fired, so it’s safe. You just pull this plunger back, here, and you lift up the trigger, so, just like that. You can see the trigger catches in this notch here, and when you pull the trigger, it swings out of the way and fires. Really really simple and easy to use. I also wrapped the handle in paracord, and covered that with electrical tape, and then in the bottom here, actually, this handle is hollow, and I stuck a 45ACP shell inside there, along with a .410 shot shell in there. So, it’ll hold two rounds, so, all you need is just the pistol. In a survival situation, just stick it in your backpack, you have it, it breaks down very small, and you can carry two barrels if you’d like, but you just go ahead and un-tape this, and the rounds will fall out, and you can use ’em. so that’s pretty awesome.

Let’s go ahead and do some more shooting with this.

We got a 45ACP loaded up, we’re gonna go ahead and try to take out that other bottle.


Woah. That thing sprayed back all the way to here. Even without sights on this thing, it’s pretty easy to point and shoot at close ranges, but I could add some sights for some added accuracy. We hit the bottle right here on the top, and it just completely obliterated it. That’s one of the great things about the 45ACP, it’s just such a powerhouse, anything it hits it pretty much destroys. And also, there’s no need for really an extractor or anything mechanism, because the rounds just fly right out of the barrel. So that’s pretty cool, too.

Alright, let’s shoot one more .410 at that bottle down there, it’s got a little bit of drink left in it still, let’s go ahead and finish it off.


Heh, literally a hand-cannon!

Let’s go ahead and see how this .410 barrel patterns. We’re shooting some 2 1/2-inch shells out of this thing, and we’re gonna see what happens at about five yards. So let’s go ahead and give this a try. We’ll shoot the top at five yards, and then the bottom at ten yards.


Ok, let’s go take a look.

As you can see, a pretty large spread. The barrel is rifled, it’ll shoot .410 and 45 long colt, so it has to be rifled, so the shot does spread out more than it would if it was smoothbore, but at this distance you could pretty easily take a squirrel or something with it for sure. Or a rabbit.

We’re just gonna go ahead and shoot instead at three yards instead of ten, because at ten it’s just gonna spread out way too much. So this would be about the distance if you’re dispatching an animal or a snake or something, you know, this is what will happen, so, let’s see what kind of result we get.


Alright, let’s take a look.

As you can see, we’ve got maybe about a one-foot spread right here of pellets. So that is a very good killzone for this pistol. Let’s go ahead and do some more shooting with a 45ACP barrel.

We’ve got a 45ACP loaded up, this is about 15 yards, we’re going to see if we can get some hits. No sights.


Ooh. Just gonna take a couple more shots.

Let’s go ahead and see just how fast you can reload this thing. So we’re gonna go ahead and shoot, and then load the next round and see how fast we can do that. Alright, so, let’s see if we can stay on-target, too.

Here we go.

[KAPLINGG] So there’s the first shot, unscrew the barrel, fling the round out, put the round in, screw it in, and cock it.


Pretty cool! Fifteen yards, it is very easy to hit the steel with it, for sure.

Thank you very much for watching, everyone. This is a really awesome pistol to shoot, hope you guys enjoyed the short overview of it, it’s gonna be in my backpacking bag any time I go on hikes or anything, because it’s just a really simple and easy-to-build little powerhouse, that’s for sure. I’ll just take one more shot with it and close this video out.


Thanks a lot for watching, everyone, I’ll see you next week.


Sources: RoyalNonsuch Youtube

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