Pipe Pistol For Caliber Ammunition

A .45 caliber pistol can be made from 3/8 in. nominal diameter steel gas or water pipe and fittings. Lethal range is about 15 yards (13-1/2 meters*.


Steel pipe. 3/8 in. (1 cm) nominal diameter and 6 in. (15 cm) long with threaded ends. 2 threaded couplings to fit pipe Solid pipe plug to fit pipe coupling

Hard wood. 8-1/2 in. x 6-1/2 in. x I in. (21 cm x 16-1/2 cm x 2-1/2 cm) Tape or string

Flat head nail, approximately 1/16 in. <1-1/2 mm) in diameter 2 wood screws, approximately 1/16 in. <1-1/2 mm) in diameter Metal strap, 5 in. x 1/4 in. x 1/8 in. <12-1/2 cm x 6 mm x I mm) Bolt, 4 in. (10 cm) long, with nut (optional). Elastic bands

Drills, one 1/16 in. (1-1/2 mm) in diameter, and one having same diameter as bolt <option.!I). Rod, 1/4 in. (6mm) in diameter and 8 in. (20 cm) long Saw or knife


1. Carefully inspect pipe and fittings.

a. Make sure that there are no cracks or other flaws in the pipe and fittings.

b. Check inside diameter of pipe using a .45 caliber cartridge as a gauge. The cartridge case should fit into the pipe snugly but without forcing.

c. Outside diameter of pipe MUST NQT BE less than 1-1/2 times the bullet diameter.

2. Follow procedure of Section III, No. 1, steps 4, 5, and 6.

3. Cut stock from wood using saw or knife.


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