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What machinery/tools are need to make custom guns?

Posted By on July 27, 2013

Dude I'm not some random idiot trying to make some home made weponds I'm a 12 year USMC Vet I know alot about guns and I was plan on making a customized gun store
Stop with the dumb a$$ answers I just whant to know the name of the f****** tools used to make them nothing else


13 Responses to “What machinery/tools are need to make custom guns?”

  1. Osama Binmuslim says:

    dude some guy blew his arm off test firing a home made musket.

  2. lana_sands says:

    12 year vet should know of some small arms armorers At Quantico who do that job for the USMC.

  3. JOSH 4.0 says:

    Unless you have experience in precision machinery, you don’t or you’d know the names of the tools, it’s best left up to the experts.

    Trade crafts like machining aren’t just picked up as a weekend hobby. It takes a lot of time and mistakes to learn the craft.

  4. Aaron says:

    Lathe, rifling tools, mill, tap and die set

    Rest of the stuff like the action and that you might have to buy online and make sure that it’ll work with the rest of your gun. Same with your stock too.

    I’ve worked with steel and aluminum on lathes in a Machine Shop class I took in high school. You’ll be looking at about between $10,000 and $60,000 in machinery to do this. Most of it will be in the lathe and the mill. I would suggest a computer-aided mill. Easier to use than a manual control mill. Either a CNC mill or i think Bridgeport makes a computer aided mill. For a Lathe either Clausing or Southbend will do.

    You’ll need:
    Tap and Die set metric an standard
    Rifling taps
    screw drivers
    tape measure
    micrometer (my-crom-eter)
    cutting bits for the lathe

  5. Enigma 4 you says:

    it depends on what type of guns, pistol set ups differ from rifle, shotgun is still different

    Hunt or sporting, assault?

    Ill give a list of some of the most common

    Lathe/milling machine a good one, with end mill bits plus other cutting heads, checkering tool
    Bolt jeweling setup
    a very good solid work bench
    Vise with jaw pads
    Gun smith screwdrivers
    Jewelers files
    Honing stones
    Barrel wrenches
    Headspace gauges
    trigger pull meter
    bench grinders bench polishers
    HVLP paint sprayer
    Oven to cure paint
    Parkerizing set up
    Bluing set up
    blast cabinet
    Air compressor
    Federal fire arms licence
    Firearms manufacturing licence
    crowning tools
    Reloading set up

    Thats a small start I have every tool on the list plus computers, shooting tank and many many others.

    Its just about the morst expensive thing you can get into, plus the insurance is thru the roof, when you build and sell a gun you are responsible for it forever, any malfunction and in some cases misuse is one you.

    Oh I forgot a laser engraver welders taps and dies safes ,security system fire protection

    100 grand will get you a modest start not including building, plus you have to be set up and ready to run before you can get an ffl that process can take months

  6. wana bigger bike says:

    So all in all you are wanting to become a gunsmith/ machinist? I cant type every tool you need there is soo much that it would take hours to type it all. Start off by taking a 24 month gun smithing class.

    I plan on getting into gunsmithing after high school. Ive looked at a few classes/courses and the one im looking at you must bring in a wood stock blank, an action, and a barrel blank just to name a few parts its a 24 month class and they teach you everything you need to know. While learning how to do this you will also learn what tools are needed to do the job and how to use them.

    But you arent going to be making and customized gun stores anytime soon.

  7. 13B says:

    There’s only one machine that you need and it’s the all in one gunsmith CNC lathe.
    You can have it for around $6000 starting price excluding personal and specialized hand tools.

  8. Glacierwolfs Doctor says:

    Lathe and a milling machine.

  9. TrueMinnesotan says:

    If you wanna start a custom shop like “Red Jacket Firearms” go to a two year gunsmithing school. Then find work at some gunsmithing shop and learn all the tools of the trade. Then once you have enough money start small with a few tools making a few guns a month and slowly grow.

  10. Apelpapa says:

    Classic Metal And Hammer

  11. Gregg Andrews - Yahoo Crime Squad says:

    Have you ever heard of “Stolen Valor”?

    If you can’t put up the proof that you were really a Marine, then I suggest you rescind any and all statements put forth, that you “are” a Marine.

    Besides that, your spelling is consistent with the characteristics of a 14yr. old living a perpetual lie. Maybe daddy needs to go from using his hands, and up himself to a good belt. That’ll drive it home to you.

  12. Mr.357 says:

    It depends upon what all you are wanting to do. Just building ARs from stock parts takes some screw drivers, punches, barrel wrench, castle nut wrench, upper and lower blocks and a vise. You would also need a trigger jig for an AR to be able to tune triggers or even make them safe. To take barrels from a blank, you would need a lathe and chamber cutter. To make receivers or other parts from steel, you would need a milling machine. You may also need engraving tools if you plan on engraving any of the guns. A hot bluing tank could come in handy if you want to do any metal work. You should probably have a setup to do phosphate coating too. If you plan on doing any stock work, you would need a good selection of wood working tools. You would also need various jigs, dies and wrenches specifically for each model of firearm that you work on. There is not really any set list since it is so dependent upon what you want to do.

  13. jack of all trades says:

    here’s a long list of some very expensive machinery

    gunsmithing lathe
    wood lathe (lathe for wood)
    drill press
    20 ton press
    propane torch
    rifling cutter- a special lathe that only does rifling. for chambers and crowns you use the gunsmithing lathe.
    multi-axis mill
    probably want a 3d printer
    furnace & crucible for casting
    crimp tool
    thread tools
    many kinds of bench vices & clamps
    paint booth
    bluing tubs & electroplating tubs
    drying ovens
    belt sander
    calipers, all kinds of hand tools
    power drill, power saw, etc
    dremel tool
    water jet (for cutting metals & wood)
    injection molding, silicon molding, vacuum molding – working with polymers.

    I wish I had all these at my disposal, I’ve designed 6 guns that I would love to build. without basic wood shop tools I can’t even make a custom stock (a good stock). Still, I managed to make do a few times with my own hobby gunsmithing projects. the work isn’t great, but considering I have like no tools its of incredible precision and quality. that like muzzle brake i designed and build for my mosin Nagant. the cutting took 4 months to do (some 300 hours). managed at 0.006 inch accuracy. in comparison, if I had the proper tools it shouldn’t take more than an hour.
    at my school borrowing this 3d printer (wish I could buy one but no way i can afford 384 grand) I printed several prototype actions that shows my ideas but cannot be used as they’re made of plastic. I also made several parts for my .22lr rifles that can actually be used. scope mounts, front sight, rear sights, etc.

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