Table Of Contents

Foreword 9

Chapter 1 Pistol Design 11

Chapter 2 The Home Workshop 17

Chapter 3 Magazine Construction 23

Chapter 4 Frame 33

Chapter 5 Receiver Assembly 43

Chapter 6 Barrels 57

Chapter 7 Small Parts 65

Chapter 8 Assembling And Testing 83

Chapter 9 Hardening And Tempering 91

Chapter 10 Finishing And Bluing 99

Chapter 11 Single Shot Design 107

Chapter 12 Knowledge Which Might Prove Useful 123


It is just as illegal to build or manufacture a pistol in your own workshop for your own use as it is to build a submachine gun or any other firearm.

Therefore, be warned that you may be breaking some law if you even attempt to build either of the guns described here.

Federal law prohibits the manufacture of any firearm until, and unless, certain conditions are met.

Many state laws also prohibit firearms manufacture.


From ATF P 5300.5 Title 26, United States Code

No person shall make a firearm unless he has (a) filed with the Secretary or his delegate a written application, in duplicate, to make and register the firearm on the form prescribed by the Secretary or his delegate; (b) paid any tax payable on the making and such payment is evidenced by the proper stamp affixed to the original application form; (c) identified the firearm to be made in the application form in such manner as the Secretary or his delegate may by regulations prescribe; (d) identified himself in the application form in such manner as the Secretary or his delegate may by regulations prescribe, except that if such person is an individual, the identification must include his fingerprints and his photograph; and (e) obtained the approval of the Secretary or his delegate to make and register the firearm and the application form shows such approval. Applications shall be denied if the making or possession of the firearm would place the person making the firearm in violation of the Law.

Please Note:

Due to the fact that I have no control over the methods, skill, or quality of materials used in the manufacture of the weapons described in this book, I cannot assume any responsibility whatsoever for the safety or proper functioning of such weapons except those built by me personally.

Bill Holmes

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