While it is illegal at the present time to possess or manufacture the firearms described in this book, there may very well come a time when the guns described herein could mean the difference between life and death, freedom or captivity, or starvation and existence.

The danger may come in the form of an invasion by a foreign power, or by revolution from within, or hopefully not at all; but if the time does come, access to a firearm might very well mean survival or more.

With this in mind then, let us look at some firearm designs that can be made in the home workshop with a minimum of equipment and material.

In this first volume, I will show how to build a submachine gun. In later volumes, we will take up a semiautomatic pistol, then both falling-block and bolt action rifles.

There are those perhaps, who will question whether or not the methods and designs will work. The easiest way for the doubter to find out, one way or another, is to try them. I personally know they will work. The reason I know is because I have, in time past, built and tried the weapons described. Of course, I don't do it anymore. It's against the law. If and when the time comes that I need a gun and cannot buy one, I guarantee you that I personally can make one or more that will work and be dependable.

While we are on the subject of legality, let me say just a couple more words. A submachine gun is a very unsatisfactory type of weapon to have in most cases. It is usually heavy, awkward, and an inaccurate weapon, suited mainly to the task of killing people. However, I have never been able to see that it is any more dangerous or lethal than any other gun; so why it is illegal,

Above: In this right side view of the gun. the stock is closed and the magazine latch has been removed. The dummy barrel is fitted with a dummy breech block, without the extractor, firing pin. or ejector.

Right: This picture shows the left side of the gun with the stock extended. The gun holds thirty-two rounds, weighs approximately eight pounds, and has an overall length of approximately twenty-two inches when the stock is in the closed position.

while a pistol, rifle, and shotgun are not, is hard to understand. But that's the way it is.

I am going to assume that the builder has a bare minimum of tools and equipment, or can get them. Also, since materials may be scarce at the time one is attempting to build one or all of these guns, I will discuss alternate sources of materials from time to time.

To a great many people who might read this book, some of the detailed instructions on the use of tools and the repetition of directions throughout the book may sound a bit foolish. Remember though, there are also those readers who might not have the slightest knowledge of how to use even a file. Therefore, if part or all of the descriptions of methods seem redundant, please bear with me, for the next reader may not have the experience or knowledge that you have.

Let me repeat once more—"To manufacture and/or possess these guns is illegal." I do not advocate or recommend that you undertake any of these projects at the present time. Rather, practice the methods outlined, gather materials and equipment, and then, if the time arises when you must have a gun, to survive or defend yourself, you will be ready.

Chapter One Tools and Equipment

"If only I had the tools." How many times I have heard this statement over the years, usually followed with a glowing account of what the person could or would build if he only had the proper tools. Of course, if he did have the tools to work with, his project still wouldn't get done. But it does sound good when told this way.

It would indeed be nice if everyone had a fully-equip-ped machine shop, and I personally have such a shop at the present time. There was a time when I didn't though. It has not been too many years since I had only a few files, a hacksaw, and an egg-beater type hand drill to work with. Lacking a vise, I would manage to secure material I was working on by sitting on it, clamping it to a board with a "C" clamp, or by holding it in one hand while working on it with the other. If quality suffered, I never noticed.

True, it took a little longer, but I managed to make almost any part I needed with these simple tools. You can too, if you are willing to spend the time to try.

For example, the ejection port, magazine opening, and cocking lever slot in the receiver could all be formed in short order with a vertical milling machine. Since we don't have such a machine, we will scribe the outline of these openings in their proper locations. Carefully drill a series of one-eighth inch holes about three-sixteenths inch inside the outline and spaced one-fourth inch apart. Then, by enlarging these one-eighth inch holes to one-fourth inch, with a suitable drill, the unwanted inner portion will fall out. If the holes were not spaced exactly and a thin web remains between the holes, poke them through with a chisel. The opening may then be finished to the proper size and shape with files.

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