How to Build Your Own 1911 Pistol at Home

Did you know you can build your own 1911 pistol at home, no paperwork or government bureaucracy required? You can. So, how exactly do you build your own 1911 pistol at home? First thing’s first: A 1911 80% build dictates that you can order your not-yet-a-pistol and have it shipped to your home via regular mail 100% legally, just like an AR15 80% lower. You’ll need to machine the slide rails, hammer and sear pin holes, and the barrel seat. It might sound like a lot, but it really isn’t.

Building Your 1911 at Home Starts with a Frame

Building your own 1911 pistol at home starts with picking out your 1911 80% frame! You’ll need to decide whether you want 9mm or good ole’ .45 ACP. You can also opt for the classic government 5” or the commander 4.25” size pistol.

Keep in mind, the original 1911 was made of steel, and many popular models still are. You can opt for a lighter weight and easier-to-machine frame made from 7075 T6 aluminum, or you can go for a steel frame – just know that steel is a bit harder to machine.

Step 2: Get the Right Tools to Build Your 1911

Machining your not-a-1911 into a functional pistol requires some pretty basic, off-the-shelf tooling. All you need to do is cut the slide rails and barrel seat, and drill out the hammer pin hole and sear pin hole. That means you’ll need a hand drill or router, a drill bit, and a ball nose end mill cutter.

Step 3: Invest in a 1911 Jig!

Picking out a new, shiny 1911 jig is what excites us most. The 1911 jig will measure and guide your cutting and drilling on that 80% 1911 frame, doing the work for you while you provide the muscle on that drill or router. Remember, you’re just cutting the frame rails and barrel seat, and drilling two holes. The jig really does it all for you. Too easy.

Step 4: Buy the parts needed to finish your 1911

Believe it or not, machining your 1911 80% frame is the hardest part, and it really isn’t difficult thanks to that 1911 jig. The really fun part comes next: picking all the parts you need to assemble and truly customize your 1911! You’ll need the following stuff to turn that machined 1911 frame into a fully-functional pistol:

· Grip, grip bushings, and screws
· Pin set
· Mainspring housing
· Grip safety
· Thumb safety
· Slide stop
· Trigger
· Sear
· Disconnector
· Plunger Tube
· Hammer and strut
· Magazine catch
· Ejector
· Slide
· Barrel, bushing, link and pin
· Recoil guide
· Extractor
· Firing pin stop
· Magazine

Step 5: Put it all together!

With your 1911 frame machined and your pistol parts finally delivered, it’s time to put it all together. Assembling a 1911 is about as easy as putting an AR15 together, and we’ve even got some cool how-to pieces and guides to walk you through the process.

With everything assembled, it’s time to hit the range. Enjoy your 100% legal-to-own 1911! You built this 1911 at home and you never needed to sign a single piece of paper or deal with any government bureaucracy. Enjoy.

Author bio: William McAllister is a writer who enjoys the simple things in life; waking up in a tent deep in the woods, a black cup of coffee and a flip phone.

Survival Debate: Build a 1911 or a 300 Blackout?

To build or not to build, that is the question. Actually if that is the question then we say build, build, build. There are few greater joys in life than to build and customize your weapon platform starting from an 80 lower to match your unique needs. The famed rifleman’s creed which says, “This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine” will never ring more true if you decide to build. So let’s jump right to question everyone wants ask. Namely, what do I build? Within the space of Blackout rifles you will find a fairly vibrant debate as to whether a 300 Blackout is what you need and is it worth the cost. This stems from the notion that a subsonic round fired from a 300 Blackout over long distances carries with it the same energy as a .45acp. While you can’t argue the science of ballistics this simply does not tell the whole story. So let’s have it. A survival debate on whether to build a 1911 or a 300 Blackout.

Survival is about options!

First of all, when it comes to debates on guns we always like to preface that you do you better than anyone else. Regardless of where we take this conversation if you are in love with the 1911 or the 300 Blackout then pick what you love. Feeling comfortable with your own weapon is often as important as the weapon selection itself. But if you want to talk about weapons choice then we have to address this 1911 vs 300 Blackout debate. If at this point you are a little unfamiliar with the 300 Blackout you can catch up by reading, “What is a 300 Blackout?

The 300 Blackout is a fantastic weapon in a survival situation because it gives you power, lethality and most importantly, options to adapt. One of the great attributes about the 300 Blackout is that you can cycle from supersonic to subsonic ammunition with a simple change of the magazine. Moreover if you like to pew in the quiet then you can even add a silencer to the mix. Yet the comparisons to the .45acp only fit within a certain scenario. Yes, if you are trying to reach out and touch a target, deer or zombie from over 50 yards out with subsonic ammunition fired from a 300 Blackout you will indeed strike with the equivalent of a .45acp.

But if you can say that scenario where it applies three times fast we got a cookie for you. Survival is about options and making your decision on weapon choice based off of one unique scenario is poor form. The 300 Blackout simply gives you more options. You can load subsonic ammo for an up close and quiet fight one minute and then swap it out with some quality supersonic ammo to reach out and touch someone the next. Most importantly when you do so with the right ammunition at the right distance you will pack a lethal punch. But let’s talk options when it comes to 300 Blackout Build Kits!

Assemble to Survive

Lastly, the versatility of the 300 Blackout is highlighted by the amount of build options you have before you. From barrel lengths to handguards and good old fashioned aesthetics, you can build a 300 Blackout for every occasion. But the best part about the 300 Blackout is that even when constructed it is still just an option. Let’s say you need to channel your inner Marine and hit a target from the 500 yard line with precision accuracy like they do in recruit training. Great, just pop off the upper receiver and throw on the old fashioned 5.56. Then, when the zombie hordes are closing in on you and you need a powerful punch throw back on the 300.

This 300 Blackout Buyer’s Guide is linke here to help you understand your options. The important thing in a survival scenario is that you indeed have options. We’re not knocking the 1911 as it is a fantastic weapon. Moreover, no one said you can’t rock both weapons when your life’s on the line. But in an uncertain survival scenario, consider us a fan of the 300 Blackout. If the 1911 is how you want to survive the future then happy hunting and we’ll meet you there.

Author bio: William McAllister is a writer who enjoys the simple things in life; waking up in a tent deep in the woods, a black cup of coffee and a flip phone.

DOJ To Ban Bump Stocks

I am by no means a legal scholar, but I don’t see how this is possible. The DOJ enforces law, it does not create law.

It looks like bump stocks will now be a thing of the past.

The Department of Justice on Saturday submitted regulation to formally ban the devices, which modify semi-automatic rifles to fire like fully-automatic rifles. The devices were used in the Las Vegas massacre last October, which left nearly five dozen dead and more than 800 others injured.

What happened?
The DOJ announced Saturday it had submitted its proposed regulation to the Office of Management and Budget, which must approve the regulation before it is enforced, according to Reuters.

The proposed regulation defines bump stocks as “machine guns” and seeks to have them outlawed under the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act. If the regulation is approved, bump stocks will be illegal to buy, sell, possess and manufacture.

The regulation does not need congressional approval and was expected after President Donald Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ban the devices last month.

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What Makes a 1911 and Why it Should Be Your Next Build

What is the good ole’ 1911 and why should it be your next build? For starters, it’s one of the most iconic pistols ever made. For over 100 years it’s served on battlefields across the globe, saving lives. This is no cliché – do a quick search and you’ll find real stories of dead G.I.’s surrounded by even more dead enemies, an empty 1911 clutched in his grip. Let’s review what makes a 1911 and why it should be your next build.

Even today, the 1911 is no dinosaur. In a world of ever-smaller pistols, polymer goodies, and quirky gimmicks, the 1911 is a strangely nostalgic and stubborn gold standard. While other guns focus on cramming as many features into as little real estate as possible, the 1911 enjoys its long-perfected simplicity, accuracy, comfort, and reliability.

But what, exactly, does that mean? Why is the 1911 so good?

It’s the Perfect Shape

The 1911 is kind of like the wheel, the barbeque, and sliced bread. It’s just the perfect design, one that can’t be improved. Every measure of its creation meets the Goldilocks test: Not too big, not too small. Not too heavy, not too flimsy. A perfect barrel length. A massive round that’s deadly but not overwhelming. Simple ergonomics. In short, the 1911 truly is the perfect shape. Anyone can use it and feel comfortable with it. Trying to improve on the general feel is like trying to make the wheel rounder, or the loaf of bread more sliced.

It Shoots a Devastating Round

The .45 ACP 1911 is a devastating round. It’s massive, it hits like a truck, and it creates a seriously nasty wound channel. It’s physically huge, too, ranging between 145 and 230 grains. Internet trolls and “ballistics experts” can go blue in the face arguing why X round is better than the .45 ACP, but when its weight, speed, and the firearm that shoots it are all considered, the .45 ACP is tough to beat. Few rounds out-class its sheer power, and those rounds are fired from much bigger, much less comfortable guns. If you want a comfortable, easy-to-use gun that packs a serious punch, the 1911 should be your next build.

Its Reliability is Legendary

There’s a reason the 1911 has continued to serve the U.S. Military faithfully (in many different forms) for over a century. No other firearm in existence has served any other military for as many years, save for very few long rifles. The 1911 is a gun with a cult following based on its reliability alone. Search for some tests, and you’ll find video after video of 1911’s being ran over, dunked in mud, left to rust for weeks on end – only to fire their full magazines, over and over and over, without fail.

It’s One of the Simplest Handguns – and it Should be Your Next Build

The 1911 consists of 39 parts in total, with only a fraction of those parts actually moving about inside its chassis. The 1911 has been so popular, so homogenized, and so standardized and reproduced for so long that many consider it the AR-15 of the pistol world. Building one is immensely simple, too – you don’t even need any special tools to assemble one with pre-manufactured parts. And even if you’re really bold and build from scratch, the tool list is intermediate at best – some lugs, cutters, lapping items, and alignment tools.

Author bio: William McAllister is a writer who enjoys the simple things in life; waking up in a tent deep in the woods, a black cup of coffee and a flip phone.

12 Firearm Experts Explain What Americans Don’t Understand About Gun Control

I don’t know that I would call myself an expert by any means. I just love guns, and am more than honored to be counted among such esteemed company.

Thomas Massie Warning On Gun Control

Make Arming Yourself for Protection More Effective With Surveillance

When it comes to protecting your family and home – or even your business – there’s no room to take chances. An easily accessible firearm is one great tool for protection, but it’s not the only option. Information and situational awareness are key to making your self-defense most effective. For the best of home office protection, the addition of a reliable closed-circuit television (CCTV) system can be a significant help. A security system used the right way can be a valuable tool in protecting the important people and property in your life from threats.

Identifying Potential Threats

In order to identify all of the potential threats to your home or business, it is important to cover as many bases as possible. You have to ensure cameras cover the most important areas and angles to maximize protection. Determining how many cameras you need and the most vulnerable spots on your property is critical when setting up your system.

Key Coverage Areas:

  • Doors & entryways
  • Cash registers & safes
  • Parking lots & driveways

Once your perimeter is properly covered you’ll have a better idea of any on-site at any time, along with the potential weapons they may have. This assists you by not only giving you time to mentally prepare to protect yourself, but give you an idea of the proper response you’ll need to be effective.

More Effective Protection through Deterrence

A CCTV system can also work as a deterrent in addition to your firearms. If an intruder or assailant expects to cross you undetected or without being identified, their tune may change when they know they’re on camera.

In many ways, a security system is a safer deterrent than firearms. While brandishing your weapon is certainly more effective, it also makes you a threat. In that moment the intruder may be face to face with you and any number of potential things could go wrong. But with a CCTV system in place, intruders can be persuaded to avoid your property before things even become an issue. This fends off a variety of minor threats that could result in not only harm but also theft and vandalism.

Advanced Warning

If you do not have your gun on your person at the time it’s needed, it will not be helpful. The further in advance you know about a threat, the better prepared you can be.

Modern CCTV systems will connect through apps for your phone to enable remote viewing and push alerts when motion is detected. These systems can be used to provide real-time updates on the number and location of any threats in dangerous situations. With a CCTV system in place, you can stay informed about their movements and any other changes. This can help you relay important information to authorities, determine if it is safe to fend off a threat, or show a safe way out.

The True Cost

Investing in a security system may seem costly at first. But with advances in technology, many systems are relatively inexpensive. They are also a lot more effective than what people may realize. Once you’ve decided on using a gun for protection, a security system is the next step to make using it more effective for protecting yourself, your family, or your employees.

About the author:

Lance Waterly is a freelance writer based in California. He spent nearly twenty years in the T&M industry, and now enjoys writing about his experiences and giving advice to businesses including CCTV Security Pros, testing and developing new equipment. In his free time, he takes his grandkids on long walks through their neighborhood.

March 2018 Gun & Gear Contests

At the risk of reducing my own chances to win, has been updated with all the gun and gear related contests that I am aware of for the month.

Go forth and win… As always, feel free to share wherever you can.

If you are aware of any that are not on the list, please submit the details on the contact form to get it added to the list.

Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas Speech on Floor of House of Delegates

Building a Personal Shooting Range

A shooting range is the perfect place to get in a little target practice and for hunters and others who need to keep their marksmanship skills up, a good range is always a welcome sight. Unfortunately for many, going to range may not be a convenient alternative to target practice. Whether it’s because of the distance you live to a shooting range or just the fact that you prefer to target practice on your own time rather than a set range time, building a personal shooting range can be a great way to have a safe area to target practice and work on your marksmanship skills.

Before you even think about getting started on building a personal shooting range at your house or on a piece of property you own, you need to check your local laws to make sure it will be legal to have one for use on your property. If you’re in the heart of the city, chances are there will be restrictions against having a shooting range, but if you have property in a rural area, you may have an ideal spot to build.

If your property is legally able to host a shooting range, you can proceed with your plans to build. If you’re starting from scratch and want an indoor range, you may need to hire a building crew including a general contractor, a professional roofer and an electrician. You’re also going to need to be able to let the building crew know what type of guns you plan to shoot at your range. Yes, the type of guns that will be used will make a difference on the length of the range, but you also need to determine how many people other than yourself you might need space for at the range to shoot. For instance, if you’re only going to use handguns, you may need a shorter range than if you plan to use rifles or shotguns. There are many types of handguns as well as rifles and shotguns, so know the range they can fire before you plan your build.

This will help when determining not only the length, but also the width of each shooting lane. Here are a couple more things to think about when you are building a personal shooting range on your property.


Above and beyond all else, maintaining a safe environment for you, other shooters who may use your range and your neighbors or other people who might be in the area is the single most important factor of building a shooting range whether it is an indoor or outdoor range. Firearm safety, whether on the range or off should always be at the top of your list of important things to remember anytime you plan to target practice.

First, the range needs to have a clear line of sight between the lane and the target. You also need to make sure you can clearly see when/if anyone is approaching the range from any direction. It is highly important to make sure no one will be able to just wander into the path of fire during target practice, so barriers of some sort will be a necessity.

You must also have barriers in place to prevent ammunition from leaving the range area. In most shooting ranges, a hefty pile of dirt is usually sufficient to use as a barrier behind outdoor targets. It is advisable to make sure the dirt mound is at least 20 feet high and no less than double the width of the target area. When shooting, you want to make sure the bullets don’t stray outside of your target range area where they could present a danger to someone else. These dirt mounds are known as berms and once they are in place, they will need constant maintenance to make sure they are solid and have not collapsed due to rain or erosion. Damage to a barrier can cause bullets to pass through or even ricochet back into the range.



There will be some legal matters that you’re going to have to face when building a personal shooting range. From public ordinances to personal safety for yourself and others, you’re going to need to take time to carefully look over all laws and safety regulations to make sure your range complies with the law and will be safe for use.

If you live near other homes, you’re going to need to let your neighbors know your plans to build a range. You are also going to need to make sure you set times to shoot that won’t cause a disturbance to others in the area, especially if the range is outdoors.

You will also have to make sure the building codes for your area don’t have restrictions and if they do, you’re going to have to abide by them when planning the construction.


Once you have your personal shooting range constructed and ready to go, be sure you are courteous to others in the area, if you have neighbors, and always keep things safe in the range. With so many things happening in the world around us today, having a safe space to get in a little target practice is not only great for hunting season, but also to help be prepared to protect our homes and the lives of those we love.