Make your Own Handgun

How and Why to Make your Own Handgun [Updated 2021]

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Handgun Customization

Did you know that you can legally make your own handgun at home? The Gun Control Act 1968 (GCA) requires anyone dealing in firearms to be licensed by the federal government. However, nothing in the GCA prohibits individuals from making guns for their personal use. It’s essential you look into laws of your region since some states laws are against the making of your own guns/firearms.

Over the past years, making a handgun at home required a lot of skills, and it was sophisticated. However, technology has made it easier even for the unskilled persons who want to make their handguns by using 3D printing. Do you wish to make your own Glock 17 pistol that is unregistered?

Our article highlights an easy and quick way to make a handgun by yourself. Besides, we shall discuss the tools needed for this task. However, you ought to be cautious while undertaking this task.

Make Your Own Handgun
Make Your Own Handgun

Steps to Make Your Own Handgun

Choose your Frame

To make your firearm, you need a frame or so-called receiver to house other parts of the gun. From the market, you can easily find frames that are not registered and have no markings such as serial numbers. Also, it’s at this early stage you decide what kind of a handgun you want to make. For example, in this article, we focus on a 17 sized frame for a Glock 17.

Use Polymer 80 Glock 17 Standard Frame Kit that comes in different colors such as black, FDE, grey, cobalt, titanium blue, and ODG. Besides, the kit comprises of other essential components as follows:

  • Front and rear inserts
  • jig- it helps you finish the pre-frame into a real frame
  • Drill bits

Besides, this frame will easily help you make custom handguns that suits you. The frames come in a variety of textures, including standard textured grip, ReadyMod, and aggressive texture.

Choose Your Lower Part

Lower parts of a handgun can be purchased individually or together with the kit. Buying a kit is a cheaper option. However, you can purchase individual components if you want a customized handgun.

Below is a list of the lower part of a Glock 17 pistol:

  • Trigger pin
  • Trigger spring
  • Connector
  • Trigger housing pin
  • Trigger housing with ejector
  • Slide stop lever with spring
  • Slide lock
  • Magazine release spring
  • Magazine catch
  • Trigger with a trigger bar

Select Your Slide

There are different types of slides to choose from. For our case, we go with the Brownells slide since it is compatible with Polymer 80 Glock frames.

Choose Your Barrel

Just like slides have many options, so are barrels. Consider something affordable and reliable. Also, quality is of significance. We go for the Glock Factory Barrel.

Select Your Slide Parts

Slide parts are very vital parts for your handgun to function. We consider the Polymer 80 Glock Slide Parts Kit. The kit includes: extractor depressor plunger, striker safety, extractor, upgraded 17-4 stainless steel striker and aluminum cover plate

Pick Out Your Magazine

Our pick is the Glock Factory Magazine. Why? It’s reliable and holds a high capacity of rounds.

Select Your Sights

There are varieties of sights available in the market—Custom your handgun with the most suitable option.  Our choice is the Rival Arms Tritium Night Sights for a handgun.

Prepare Your Frame

It’s at this point, the practical part of making the handgun begins. The Polymer 80 frame kit comes with detailed and clear instructions. It’s not a complicated process since it requires you to turn the 80% handgun receiver into a 100% usable pistol. It entails a milling process. For this process, you need a hand driller, a large hand file, and a smaller finer file. Use the drill bits provided in the kit to make holes. Here is a simple procedure.

  1. Drill holes as shown on the frame and instructions. Drill from both sides.
  2. Then remove the top tabs that are labeled “remove.” You may use a file, Dremel jig, or any other appropriate tool of your choice for the task.

Remove the actual handgun frame from the kit.

Assemble Your Glock

At this point, you have two parts to assemble, i.e., the lower part and the upper part of the handgun.

Lower part:

  1. Fix the rear rail
  2. Then fix the front rail on the frame and set the front pin

Insert the trigger into the rear part of the frame.

  1. Fix the trigger housing pin, front rail pin, and the locking block pin.
  2. Insert the slide stop lever, followed by the trigger pin.
  3. Also, lubricate the rails before attaching the slide

Test if the trigger works smoothly

Upper part:

  1. It entails assembling all the components available in the kit.
  2. Also, fix your sights to complete the whole upper part.

Now, you have a complete handgun.

You should strictly follow all the highlighted guidelines from the various kits you will be using. The last thing to do is to have your loaded magazine in place.


After you have assembled your handgun, try to test it by shooting several rounds. By doing so, you will feel how it functions. Besides, you can also customize your handgun to achieve a certain level of performance and uniqueness that you desire

Bottom Line

Buying a gun can be a rigid process that requires a lot of paperwork for legal purposes. On the other hand, making your own handgun is a legal and straightforward process. With the help of 80% receiver and other components, you can have a fully functional handgun for your personal use.

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