What if Homemade Weapons Could be a Key to Your Survival?

I’m going out on a limb to tell you about a couple of books whose information might be considered by some to be provocative. Nonetheless, you should know about these books, and you should have the opportunity to come to your own conclusions about them.

Right off the bat I want to give the standard disclaimer that these books are for informational purposes only. I’m not responsible for what you do with that information.

The first book is the tamest of the two. It’s The Practical Guide to Man-Powered Weapons and Ammunition: Experiments with Catapults, Musketballs, Stonebows, Blowpipes, Big Airguns, and Bulletbows. It’s a 224 page paperback by Richard Middleton, which has been described as follows:

This study explores in precise detail the many ways in which man has shot projectiles without recourse to gunpowder. David slew Goliath with his slingshot: for millennia that was the norm, as men used a variety of non-explosive weapons to fire small stones and carefully rounded bullets of clay, glass, and even steel and lead. This unusual study explores in practical detail the many ways, old and new, in which man shot projectiles without recourse to gunpowder. They include the bow and arrow, a favorite for the last 10,000 years; pump-up air guns; blowpipes; catapults; and homemade lead musketballs. There’s information on ammunition and velocity, as well as a lively personal narrative filled with humor and the spirit of experimentation.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? May I suggest that, if you’re home schooling your children, you’ll want this book because it may have historical information of value as well as useful experiments related to physics.

The second book goes a step or two further. It’s Homemade guns and Homemade Ammo, by Ronald B. Brown. One description I’ve seen says…

There are lots of books on making guns at home. Follow the instructions, and you’ll quickly find you need some very expensive machinery. Not with Homemade Guns and Homemade Ammo! You’ll learn to make guns-and ammunition-with simple hand tools and everyday materials. Homemade Guns and Homemade Ammo uses step-by-step photographs, detailed drawings and plans to show you exactly how to make:

  • A 12-gauge shotgun from pipe
  • A muzzleloader
  • A double-barrel gun
  • A wooden gun
  • All made in your home!

The author gives you five gunpowder recipes so simple you’ll find them hard to believe-until you try them. Two super-simple recipes for making primer are also included. Homemade Guns and Homemade Ammo is the easy-to-use guide that shows the easy way to make guns and ammunition at home.

Though I haven’t read through this book myself, my understanding is that you can make a 12-gauge shotgun from 3/4 inch pipe by following the detailed instructions and close-up photos. It also discusses what size of pipe you need for various other gauges and calibers.

It also covers ballistic concepts, simple gunpowder recipes, primer material, kitchen sink reloading, and designs for a homemade double barrel.

How safe and useful are homemade weapons for hunting or sports shooting?  I’d love to know from anyone who has tried it.

Allow me to offer this proviso. Many books contain inaccuracies, sometimes deliberately for proprietary reasons, trade secrets, or whatever. Compare charts and recipes with other sources. Use this book for the ideas it offers. If it offers you at least one good new idea, it’s worth the money.

To get either of these books, click on the title of the book you want wherever you see it linked in this post. A new window will open to the page featuring the book. Order one or both today for your survival library. You never know when you might need what these resources have to offer.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.