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Criminal youth of pre & post WW2 Big Cities were supposedly armed with crude "Homemade" Firearms and in some instances , The "Zip Guns" . I'm interested on any Links or pics of the method of construction & materials used and functionality & collectability of Originals
My interest is in the Average Joes of Chicago in 30's & Flushing Queens New York and other areas in 1940s thru early 60s
How nice ! ,but I was thinking more along the lines of the Gun described by Carlito (Al Pachino) in "Carlito's Way"...
That was a big jump from farm kid ideas of the early 60s to thinking more about chrome and pearl handles in 1975.
What ever we hoped to build though wound up more likely made of copper tubing and bearing shop springs.
I'm guessing that .25ACP & .22 SHORT were rounds used in these weapons
two blocks of hard wood about 2x2x2 drill to fit .22 round rubber band bike spoke in back block drill hole in back block to fit the spoke and off set to hit rim of round
We can fashion a weapon from any materials at hand
. Broomstick Bat Whiskey bottle, God knows I've plenty of them!! Golf Clubs ask tiger woods about that one!! Rubber baands Raid Wasp killer, I could go on all nite, We must allways be ready to improvise, and adapt to the situation at Hand!!
Remain Vigilant Adapt Live Free and be safe MY Friends!!
try looking on u tube many plans for homemade guns
I want to know if there ever was a Collector Market ( For De-milled ones of course)
In the '50's we would acquire the barrels from the then telescoping automobile radio antennas. The base portion was perfect for a 22. Most of the firing mechanisms were powered by rubber bands and a crude hammer. Ivory soap bars was one of the preferred frames, others were wooden blocks hand carved to fit our fancy, while others use "cap buster" pistols modified.
for modern day 9mm fits inside 3/8" iron pipe, and 12 gauge fits inside 3/4. I strongly suggest that you don't try to make any of these. They are more deadly to the user/maker than to the target.
During WWII the Alied forces dropped tones of single shot smooth bore crude guns in axis held territory. They were hoping that the citizens would pick one up and use it against an occupying solder or policeman to take his gun and ammo then pass the single shot along to another citizen to use. Most citizens were too afraid to use them. I am sure you can find an article about them on the web. It didnot work in WWII and I don't see it working here either.