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whatcha whittlin' there? oh, just an AR-15 lower

May 13th, 2009 (02:25 pm)
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Something non-gun nuts may not know about the AR-15: you can buy them in pieces! Because the lower receiver (the part with the trigger on it) is the part legally considered a firearm, that's the only thing you have to go through a dealer to buy. Upper receivers you can just buy through the mail. They don't work without a lower, and you can get several in varying calibers, so you can use what is legally considered one firearm to shoot a broad variety of stuff.

You can build your own lower receiver, too. You can buy it as a finished receiver and parts kit, then put it together yourself; you go through an FFL dealer when you do that, too. But some people are handy and enjoy a challenge, so they go out and build their own lowers.

Some people *really* build their own lowers.

Like this guy, who whittled one. Well, okay, he milled it, but still, he built a functioning AR-15 receiver out of a block of wood.

It only lasted three shots, but hey, he built it.

(It's quite legal to build your own firearms, provided you don't build full-autos. If you do that, you have to get the permission of the ATF, and they'll only give it if you're making it for a government agency. When I have a house and can actually set up a shop, I might try my hand at gun-building.)

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Posted by: Rob1 (forked)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)

Heh- I was having a bad feeling about this one- until I noticed that he'd be test firing from a distance.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I thought it was a cool way to practice the steps of making a new one, and then realized, "Oh, Ghod, he's actually *serious.*"

Posted by: Elspeth (elspethdixon)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)

Somewhere out there, an airport security guy does not even realize that he should be worrying about the possibility of people sneaking wooden guns through airport metal detectors (because I saw that, and my brain immediately went "there ought to be some thriller-style book where the villains hijack an airplane with wooden guns").

Somewhere out there in the SCA/renfair circuit, there's probably people who hand-tool old school wheel lock and matchlock guns, which would be both really cool and require a huge amount of skill to produce something that actually worked and didn't explode in your hands.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)

Somewhere out there, an airport security guy does not even realize that he should be worrying about the possibility of people sneaking wooden guns through airport metal detectors (because I saw that, and my brain immediately went "there ought to be some thriller-style book where the villains hijack an airplane with wooden guns").

Please to see the "exploded after three shots" part. :) His lower is wood, but the upper is where the round is chambered and fired, and I don't think there'd be any way to make a hand-portable, much less concealable, firearm out of wood. It's just not strong enough. ...though I am kinda tempted to figure out if it's possible to make a smoothbore wood .22.

Posted by: Elspeth (elspethdixon)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)

Considering that even metal guns can explode if they're not strong enough, I'm not surprised.

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: May 14th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)

Maybe this will be the next step of all this steampunky nonsense - WOODPUNK!

Posted by: sharaith (sharaith)
Posted at: May 15th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
tinsel

o_0 I sure wouldn't want an M16-shaped thing whittled out of wood going off right against my face.

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