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Anonymous asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationHunting · 9 years ago

What machinery/tools are need to make custom guns?


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

Update 2:

Stop with the dumb a$$ answers I just whant to know the name of the f****** tools used to make them nothing else

19 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    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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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago


    Source(s): How to Work Wood
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  • Karyl
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    A custom gunsmith might be willing to take on the project, but it wouldn't come cheap. If you're talking a gun from scratch it would involve significant machining and metalwork. If your design is based on an existing type of firearm that could be modified to suit you less so, but still talking many hundreds if not thousands of dollars. For a completely new design you'd need a gunsmith with a manufacturing license, not just someone who can fix guns, but one authorized to create a new one, and it would have to have a serial number and paperwork. If you're just talking a different stock design you might want to consider doing the work yourself. A wooden stock is easily shaped with hand tools and can be built up with additional wood and glue to make just about any shape you can imagine.

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  • 9 years ago

    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.

    Source(s): Sure dont sound like a 12 year USMC Vet to me...
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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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  • Mr.357
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    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.

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  • ?
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    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

    Source(s): Machine Shop in High School
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    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

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  • 4 years ago

    Here are literally thousands of organized woodworking projects in a members area and all you have to do is get them off your computer any time you want. Go here

    There are thousands of plans so decide which one you are going to tackle next. The choice is yours to make so just click on the proper button for the specific project and then they are right there for you to pick one. The diagrams and instructions will be right there in the computer for you to access at any time or if you prefer you can print them out.

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  • 9 years ago

    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.

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