When Firearms are a Political Statement – The P.A. Luty Homemade SMGs

A famous strategic and political thinker once said that “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” From many perspectives, this is entirely true and weapons being tools of war can then be seen as weapons of politics. While we here at TFB focus on the technological aspects of our hobby, sometimes the creation of a firearm is indeed intended as a political act.

The classic modern example of this is Defense Distributed, who’s use of 3-D printers to manufacture a firearm has been a loud statement. However, what happened before the internet and rise of crypto-anarchy?

h/t Minicapt

  • andycanuck
  • robins111

    You can download that book off the Internet, along with the detailed instructions on building a Sten gun that andycanuck, references. Submachine guns are frankly the simplest firearms to make as the tolerances are so loose.

    During WW2, they were cranking Stens, out that were produced in blacksmith shops and bicycle repair shops.

    Another easy one to make is the M2 (grease gun) that the Americans pumped out by the 100’s of thousands.

    People who are making these functional firearms tend to stick with the steering style as 9mm ammo is easier to find..

  • simus1

    Ian’s show (forgottenweapons.com) tomorrow will feature a visit to the range with today’s very rare item of interest, a 1901 Webley Fosbery (semi) automatic revolver.

    • canminuteman

      forgotten weapons is the most interesting firearms channel on youtube. I never miss an episode.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    As to the caliber, 9mm is plenty, but should be adjustable to whatever is in easy supply locally.
    I think this is a great idea for someplace like England, where the citizens have no legal recourse to protect themselves or have the tools of popular insurrection for self-liberation available.
    Also, a very high capacity .22LR model with an integral suppressor would be a great addition.