Homemade Rifle Using Basic Tools (No Welding)


Homemade Rifle Using Basic Tools (No Welding)

In less than 15 minutes, this video shows the making of a homemade rifle without using a welder… just to prove it can be done.

It’s a hammer-fired single-shot 22WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) rifle that he makes using the following tools:

  • Reciprocating saw (Sawzall)
  • Cordless drill & drill bits
  • File
  • Deburring tool
  • Tape measure
  • Jigsaw
  • Wrenches
  • Hammer
  • Bench vise
  • Tap & die set

For a barrel, he’s reusing one that someone gave him. Beyond that, he’s using common hardware items and miscellaneous steel parts.

Interestingly, the barrel and forend make up an assembly that’s completely separate from the receiver. You slip a round into the chamber, then slide the two parts of the gun together, and hold lightly back on the front end when you fire it.

He points out that, when fired, there’s really no strong force trying to make the two parts of the gun fly apart. Hmmm.

Anyhow, it’s pretty cool, and it illustrates how dumb it is to try to outlaw firearms.


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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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