5 Things To Know About Homemade Firearms

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Collecting firearms as a hobby has been around for centuries, but due to recent events, the control of firearms has been heavily regulated by the federal government. Naturally, if you want to own an improved firearm or intend to get one, you probably have a lot of questions regarding this subject. Unfortunately, firearms aren’t exactly the most popular products in the market, so looking for information on this topic won’t be easy. 

On the note, this guide explains the six things you need to know about homemade firearms that’ll most likely answer all your questions. Let’s start with the most popular controversy regarding the ownership of homemade guns. 

Homemade Firearms Are Legal Most Of The Time 

As previously said, the federal law is currently working on regulating the sale and ownership of firearms. If you’re worried that they’ll take your guns from you, rest assured. Although there has been major news on this subject, there hasn’t been any major change in the rights concerning firearms. Individuals can still own firearms, given that the gun was developed at home, or at least 20% of it. If you’re not keen on creating your own firearm, however, you can instead purchase firearms that are at most 80% finished. 

Take AR15 80% lower, for example. Since it’s already 80% completed, you only have to finish the 20% by yourself, preferably at home, to meet the bare minimum of what the federal law requires of individuals to gain the right to own firearms. That being said, making a homemade firearm isn’t as hard as many people think.  

Assembling Homemade Firearms Are Easier Than You Think 

When dealing with firearms, it’s only natural to feel anxious, and most of the time, you’d think that finishing even 20% of the firearm will be a difficult task; fortunately, it’s not. If you’re buying an 80% finished firearm, or what we call ‘unfinished receivers,’ you’ll only ever need basic tools and skills, which most individuals already have. For starters, most of the time, you’ll only need a drill press for the assembly of the unfinished receiver. 

Besides, if you’re struggling with the process, you can look for how-to guides on the internet. You’ll also stumble upon communities with individuals sharing their expertise and experiences in firearms assembly, so you don’t have to get stuck in any part of the entire process. 

Unfinished Receivers Are Often Untraceable 

People often think that if their homemade firearms were somehow used for malicious intent by someone other than themselves, they’d be the ones who’ll get the blame. In reality, unfinished receivers are often untraceable, so the federal government most likely won’t know who made them, sold them, but most importantly, who bought them. However, it’s a different story if you bought a ‘finished receiver,’ which is completely traceable. This is one of the main reasons why firearm fanatics prefer buying unfinished receivers over the alternative. 

3D-Printed Firearms Need To Contain Metals 

You’ve probably heard of individuals 3D printing their own firearms. Although it’s still in its experimental stages, the technology already exists and blueprints of weapons are already around the internet. One only needs a 3D printer to create a firearm without assistance, but what does the law say about this matter? 

To begin with, it’s legal to 3D print firearms in any state, but since the federal law requires all guns to be somehow detectable by a metal detector, the finished product must have metal inserted inside it. Other than that, there’s no other requirement for 3D printing firearms. You don’t have to add a serial number, you don’t have to register the firearm, and you won’t face any charges if it’s only created for personal use. 

Specific Individuals Cannot Own Homemade Firearms

As always, there’s an exception to any law. Although it’s legal for someone to own and use homemade firearms, there are certain groups of individuals that don’t have this right—convicted felons. More particularly, those who were subject to criminal charges, restraining orders, or have a record of drug use can’t have their own homemade guns or any type of firearm, for that matter. But if you’re not like any of these individuals, you don’t have to worry about getting a homemade gun for yourself. 


It may not be in the next few years or decades, the legislations regarding homemade firearms are subject to change, much like how traditional gun laws became history in the last decade. With that said, you have to be careful when owning a homemade firearm, especially since accidents are common.


Author’s name: Mallie Last

Email: MallieLast@gmail.com