Building your own gun for SHTF

In prepping there are few things more important than protecting the lives of yourself and your loved ones. It’s your duty to ensure their safety by any means necessary even in the toughest of times. As a prepper you probably own a firearm (or several) as a means of defense for you and your family.

What happens however, when the government comes to take away your guns? How will you protect the ones you care about the most? Most preppers will not last very long without an effective way to protect their lives.

As you probably know, you are required to fill out several forms when purchasing a firearm and that information is passed on to the federal government. What if you could legally own a gun that doesn’t technically exist? California senator De Leon would call it a “Ghost Gun”.

 De Leon Ghost-Gun

What exactly do I mean by this? In The United States, an unlicensed individual may manufacture their own firearm for their own personal use but not for sale or transfer. This means that an individual can build an AK-47 or a semi-automatic Browning m1919 completely off the books.

For preppers this means that you can build and set aside a weapon that only you know about. Best of all you do not have to even report to the government that it even exists. A little known fact is that you can purchase “80% receivers” for most common firearms including an AR-15 assault rifle.

An 80% receiver is an incomplete “paperweight” that requires the user to complete several functions in order to make it into a functioning firearm. Once completed, you can just order the rest of the parts online and build your desired firearm….All without ever needing to visit an FFL!

 ar15 parts

The completion of an 80% receiver  does require some skill and patience but with the use of a quality jig and a good drill press, this can be done in about a days time. A polymer 80% lower receiver can be finished in a few hours with even less technical experience, a one time jig and some basic hand tools.

This is a must know for preppers who are worried about the current political atmosphere and the constant threat of losing their rights to keep and bear arms. Also, if you have a bug out location this would be a great place to store your firearm to keep it completely off the radar until it is needed.

We all dread the knock at the door telling us to turn in our guns but we should be able to sleep better at night knowing that we will always have a backup no matter what. Before deciding to build your own gun you should always check your local laws because this can vary and you do not want to end up getting in trouble with the law.

Also, even though you can build your own firearm you may not legally manufacture “Class III” weapons such as suppressors and fully automatic firearms. I really hope this has been helpful to you guys out there and as always I encourage you all to keep prepping.


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7 thoughts on “Building your own gun for SHTF”

  1. Good idea but I’d be shocked if sales and shipping of those 80% lowers aren’t tracked somehow, either strong records from the seller or from ‘someone else.’ Great way to find those who might someday want to fly under the law. If you avail yourself of this option, you might want to pay cash and pick up the lowers in person. Me, I’d park a few blocks away from the store, get a ballcap and sunglasses, and pay with cash. Then again, the wife says I always make easy things so ridiculously hard.


    • PR –

      There is already evidence that the feds trying to get records of those purchasing these 80% lower. I would not be surprised if they are not made illegal
      9or require the same paperwork as a 100% lower)soon.


  2. Big question that I’ve had about this is “What happens when I die?” Do you know, or can you find out, whether the weapon can legally transfer to my spouse or other inheritor? Makes a big difference in how to handle it in the will and with the heirs. Thanks.

  3. TJMO,

    These may not be transferred to an heir after death, they must be destroyed. Due to the fact that they do not have any serial number it really is at your own discretion but legally they must be destroyed.

  4. If you can find a store the sells them, then you can walk in and buy one with cash. No forms, no id, no invasion of your privacy.

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