Today we bring you the story of an AK-pattern rifle being made out of… a shovel. No, seriously. Read the whole post, I promise it is worth it.
The shovel cost $2. The barrel blank cost $30. The miscellaneous parts cost another $200. And on top of the bits and pieces, the author also used a table saw, a furnace/kiln-looking thing, various hammers, various clamps, various vises, various tongs, an angle grinder, some sort of table press, an AK receiver flat jig, a plasma torch, a dremel, a welding rig, a riveter, a table drill, and whatever the hell you need to turn a barrel blank into something useful. Finally, this guy seems to have something more of you run-of-the-mill high school shop class under his belt.
However, the end result was something that looks to be about 4MOA with surplus, spam-can ammo and a person who claims to "suck as a shooter".
Now is that something I could do in my garage? Oh hell no; not only do I lack pretty damned near every tool that machinist god employed, I would not even know how to properly use half of them (though, in fairness to myself, I did manage to construct a boringly-accurate 10/22 out of bare parts, which reminds me that I need to get back to those posts). But I know there are folks who read this weblog who are thinking about doing this themselves, and I likewise know there is a remarkably non-zero number of people out there who are more than capable of cranking out a few of these monstrosities a week.
And the best part? Nothing of what Boris used to build that rifle is regulated, restricted, registered, or otherwise controlled in any way, shape, or form. For Heaven’s sake, the actual, legal "firearm" part of that rifle was constructed exclusively out of a shovel – how, exactly, are you going to control those? You could try to control barrel blanks, but, really, what are those except pipes of a certain internal and external diameter? Do you know how easy it is to make those? And the fiddly bits… do not make me laugh.
Which all brings us around to the coup de grace you all knew was coming – "gun control" is, has been, and will continue to be an abject and total waste of time, money, and effort. If a person really wants a firearm, given how many of them are in circulation, they will procure one by a variety of increasingly criminal methods. If that fails, however, they can simply make one, or find someone to make one for them. The concept of a magazine-fed, self-feeding, cartridge-based firearm has been so thoroughly explored, examined, and executed that any attempts to remove it from the collective knowledge base of humanity would meet with about the same success rate as trying to uninvent steam power. So how about we stop wasting everyone’s time?
And on that note, I leave you with these two demotivationals:
Obviously, I did not take the pictures (Boris did), so you are free to repost them and spread them to your happy little heart’s content. I doubt he will mind my modifications.
(Found by way of The Minuteman.)