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  DIYDano

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Posted: September 16 2016 at 5:37pm | IP Logged Quote DIYDano

Hi all, I've been watching too many Youtube videos, and now i've got the DIY Gun bug...
I wanted my first project to be simple and repetitively low cost, so I picked a single barreled shotgun.
I was intrigued by the simplicity and uniqueness of the slamfire shotguns, and Mark Serbu has a video on it that I wanted to emulate.
Looks like he was using tubing for the barrel and the receiver. He mentions 4130 tubing, so I assume that's what he was using- but I'm open to suggestions. 

I'd also wondered about using an old shotgun barrel and converting it into a single shot slam fire. I could make the receiver out of steel tubing, but the shotgun barrels I have are tapered, so I'm not sure how much of an issue that would be compared to straight walled tubing.

I'd like a fairly high quality build, and want to put a stock on it something like the one Royal Nonesuch did.
It just thought it would be a fun range toy, and I'd like to do a proof of concept using home shop tools and mostly off the shelf products. I want high quality steel, and not the plumbing pipe stuff. I can get 4130 tubing by the foot and/or use a repurposed shotgun barrel.

I also want to do some simple blackpowder guns- like a pistol and shotgun. But that's probably best left for another thread .
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Posted: September 19 2016 at 9:38pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Welcome to Weaponeer.  Got any Legos?

Just be aware that in some jurisdictions, a slam fire might be considered a zip gun, and might not be legal.  Check your state laws.
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Posted: September 23 2016 at 9:22pm | IP Logged Quote DIYDano

backbencher wrote:
Welcome to Weaponeer.  Got any Legos?

Just be aware that in some jurisdictions, a slam fire might be considered a zip gun, and might not be legal.  Check your state laws.

I'm in Texas. So I should be OK. I'm just building a 100% legal single barrel shotgun.

I was hoping a group of home gunsmiths would be welcoming and informative. I want to make sure I'd following best, and safest practices that I can.
I've owned or shot just about every other gun I've wanted,  and now, these are intriguing to me.

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Posted: September 24 2016 at 4:04pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Yeah, in Texas, we don't have such good laws concerning zip guns.  Might read up before you build.
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Posted: September 30 2016 at 3:01pm | IP Logged Quote DIYDano

backbencher wrote:
Yeah, in Texas, we don't have such good laws concerning zip guns.  Might read up before you build.


I did.
Is there something you can add other then just a a vague post??

People on here build Sten guns out of piece of pipe- why would that be any different- except that as i stated in my original post- I'm building with actual firearm parts.
BTW - are you an arfcommer? I know someone else with the same screen name.
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Posted: October 03 2016 at 3:04pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Yep.

Texas anti-zip gun law is written regrettably broadly:

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm

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(16)  "Zip gun" means a device or combination of devices that
 was not originally a firearm and is adapted to expel a
 projectile through a smooth-bore or rifled-bore barrel by
 using the energy generated by an explosion or burning
 substance.
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