Just after WWII you could drive by shuttered aircraft plants in the Wichata area and see twenty foot tall stacks of sheet aluminum for B-29 wings and fuselages. And equally naturally, a dozen enterprising aircraft designers saw those piles of surplus aluminum as an opportunity to make their dram come true. One such was Fred Weick, whose Ercoupe was one of the niftiest of the new breed of planes around.
But fred had a problem. It cost his company, as I recall, $4800 to put a new Ercoupe on the taxiway – and he had promised dealers a $3500 dealer cost.
so one night some guy calls Fred and asks if he could buy an Ercoupe factory direct, and save a few dollars.
“Why in blazes would you do that when you can buy one retail?” Fred snarled as he slammed down the phone.
Now, to get this post back on track…
Want to Make an Untraceable Handgun at Home? Cody Wilson Can Help.
…which reminds me of the Ercoupe and the facts of manufacturing life. By all means, click on over and be informed. The alley will be here when you click back.
Building a gun from scratch would be a fascinating project, and give a gunnie an endless variety of things to try. Like buckhorn sights on your 1911 Clone? Alter the program to mill it out of the same block as the slide. Want a fancy Damascus slide? Buy a blank and mill it to how you like it. Within reason, whatever you like your personal weapon to look like is doable.
But the questions in my mind are, first, why the gun ban activists would think someone would spend almost two thousand dollars for a CNC milling machine and components, learn to use it, just to build a gun with no serial number, when almost every person with criminal inclinations can buy a stolen gun with no trail of any sort to the criminal using it for less than $200 anywhere in the US, and as low as $125 in some high crime areas.
Equally questionable is the gun ban lobby’s implied “revolutionaries would pay $1,000 and put in the effort to get an untraceable gun.”
How is a gun that never had a serial number any less traceable than a stolen gun? A trace on a stolen gun necessarily ends with the theft of the gun from its legitimate owner. Just like a gun that never had a serial number.
For the first 192 years of the United State’s existence there was no requirement that a gun have any identifying mark. for 117 if tgise tears the United States enjoyed the lowest crime rates in its history. So the banners really have no indication that requiring unique serial numbers has done anything a sane person would consider “good.”
So wile milling my own would be an endlessly fascinating undertaking, putting hundreds of ours an large money into what can be achieved for almost no time and small money is irrational. The more so since criminals want to live an easy life, living off the work of others.
All I can conclude from all the hooraw about “Ghost Guns” and “Untraceable guns” is a figment of some gun ban propagandists broken mind.