This is rather cool. I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter at Boomershoot this year about building guns. This would be very useful for those building high end custom guns, people doing 3D printing, and everything in between.
Online Gunsmithing Library with 21,583 printable Gun
Schematics, Blueprints, Manuals, and
Impressum Media Inc., Los Angeles, CA (www.FirearmsGuide.com)
– April 28.2022 – For gunsmiths and shooting industry professionals worldwide,
Impressum Media Inc just published new Firearms Guide 13th Edition
that is not only the largest searchable guns & ammo reference guide, gun
values guide, but also largest online Gunsmithing Library.
Published since 2009 at www.FirearmsGuide.com
for shooting industry professionals, Firearms Guide is used worldwide by
private, police and military gunsmiths, gunsmithing schools and students,
ballistic labs, sheriffs and police departments, gun shops, public defenders,
and law offices in the USA and Internationally.
“The New Firearms Guide 13th Edition
is the world’s largest searchable guns & ammo reference guide that presents
over 80,000 antique and modern firearms, air guns, and ammunition from 1,633
manufacturers from 62 countries. With its 14 search criteria, Firearms Guide
enables fast, complex searches of 80,000 antique and modern guns and
side-by-side comparisons of search results. Guns are cross-referenced with the
huge ammunition database. Firearms Guide searchable Ammo Database has over 7,000
different rounds with ballistics and ammo pictures and is often used by
ballistic labs and police departments. Guns and ammo are presented with prices,
tech specifications, features, gun values, ballistic, and up to 12
high-resolution zoomable color pictures. With over 58,000 gun pictures (in
resolution up to 4000 x 1240) and with the biggest online visual (graphic) Gun
Codes, Proof Marks, Stamps, and Crests Guide, Firearms Guide is a great tool for
fast and precise firearms identification of antique and modern civilian and
military guns from 1,633 manufacturers and 62 countries” says Chris Mijic,
publisher of Firearms Guide.
“Gunsmiths will love the fact that the Gunsmithing
Library of the new 13th Edition
has over 21,583 zoomable and printable high-resolution gun schematics,
blueprints, manuals, and antique catalogs that they can zoom in on their large
computer screens and print out when they work on a client’s gun. It saves work
hours/money for gunsmiths that can now get schematics, parts lists, and armorers
manuals instantly and concentrate on their work. After they fix their client’s
gun, they can print the manual for that gun and give it to their clients. It is
a nice touch that your clients will appreciate.”
“Many Firearms Guide users love the fact that they can
use the Firearms Guide completely anonymously, without Google or any search
engine or internet provider tracking and archiving the gun-related searches that
they can later sell to any client or deliver to the government,” says Chris
Mijic, publisher of Firearms Guide. “Firearms Guide offers 100% user
Published since 2009 for shooting industry
professionals and gun enthusiasts, with its new 13th Edition published at www.FirearmsGuide.com, Firearms Guide
1. A Reference
Guide that presents over 80,000 antique and modern firearms, air guns, and
ammunition from 1,633 manufacturers from 62 countries.
• Presents models with Tech Specs, Hi-Res Color
Pictures, Features, Ballistics, and Prices!
• Searchable reference guide with 14 search criteria –
better results than Google
• Over 58,000 high-resolution color pictures of guns in
resolutions up to 4000 x 1492!
• Presents Antique and Modern Pistols, Revolvers,
Rifles, Shotguns, Fully Automatic Military Guns (Heavy machine guns, Submachine
guns, Light machine guns, Automatic Pistols), Tactical Rifles, Air Guns, and
Ammunition in all calibers.
Gunsmithing Library with 21,583
zoomable and printable hi-res gun schematics, blueprints, gun manuals, and
antique gun catalogs – for all types of antique and modern
• With original blueprints for 1911, AK-47, AR-15,
Luger pistol, M1 Garand, M14, MP44, STG44, P38, etc you will be able to make
100% exact copies of each part or entire gun.
• With original Armourer’s Manuals for Glock guns, SIG
guns, H&K, FN, IWI, Webley, RSAF, and other guns you will have step-by-step
instructions on how to fix all possible problems that happen with those guns,
just like professional police or army armorers.
• With antique gun catalogs from Winchester, Colt,
Remington, S&W, Marlin, Beretta, Savage, Ruger, Walther, Browning, Ithaca,
Mauser, SIG, BSA, H&K, and many others.
3. A Gun Value
Guide that presents antique and modern guns with gun values online based on
the 100% – 30% condition ratings
• Now you can quickly and precisely estimate the value
of each gun in your collection
Firearms Guide 13th Edition is available with free
updates at www.firearmsguide.com
Impressum Media Inc.
Impressum Media Inc., founded in 2009 in Los Angeles,
California is the publisher of the Firearms Guide series of digital firearms,
air guns & ammunition references & value guides for gun enthusiasts and
Editor of Firearms Guide
Neat! It looks like a nice reference.
However, be warned that a blueprint does not make it easy to machine. I’d want at least a 3D CAD file, preferable in Solidworks or Fusion 360 format, along with documentation.
If you have an appropriately sized mill and lathe along with other tools and know how to use them, then I’d estimate that you are looking at months to make a working gun from a blueprint. If you do not have the tools, then I would estimate that you’re looking at least at $20-30k+ for the tools followed by least a year or two to learn how to use them just to get started.
If you use SolidWorks, you can take blueprints and without much effort you can turn them into 3D CAD files. That said, one of our machine shops has preferred 2D drawings up until the last couple of years or so, and they’ve been doing beautiful work for us at UltiMAK for over 22 years. So having the 3D files is not required, most especially because most guns were designed on paper and drafted up on paper in 2D. If they could design, draft and build a B29 bomber, and its awesome engines, and all related equipment, gun turret, electricals, targeting, navigation and communications systems, a pressurized cabin, and bring it all into mass production in the 1940s, I think you can probably get along building a gun without having 3D CAD files handed to you on a platter.
My experience is mostly CNC with Fusion 360. I’ve done some manual work mostly in setting up my machines but prefer CNC. I do know that you can use CNC with 2D files, but I don’t have any experience with them. I’d be more likely just to directly write gcode.
And yes, I know that they could do amazing work with the old manual machines. I remember visiting my dad when he was working at a machine shop with belt driven machines mostly open to sky for light in the late forties. I’m still using some of his tools including calipers and micrometers.
And you do need 3D for 3D printing since all the popular tools rely on having a 3D mesh model which is then sliced for printing one layer at a time.
There are a lot of parts of a gun that can be 3D printed without impacting the functionality. Frames and lowers are two candidates. I’m impressed with what I can do with just PLA (the most common used filament).
Is this stuff downloadable? Relying on an online resource and hoping it will remain in existence is a bit optimistic.
As for CAD: Solidworks is supposed to be quite nice, but it’s also expensive. It would be really good to see FreeCAD compatible files.
You can now get Solidworks cloud for $100 per year. Fusion 360 cloud has a limited free version, and the basic version is $500 year.
If the files are 2D then they should work with all CAD systems include FreeCAD. It is just a pain to have to create native 3D.
Regardless of what toolset you choose, there is still a considerable effort in learning the ins-and-outs of the toolset. For the time being, I’m sticking with Fusion 360. FreeCAD seems chunky and not finished. For 4th axis work I’ll use Fusion 360 and handwritten gcode as necessary.
Despite the hype over the ease of 3D printing a gun, it is not an easy nor cheap if you want something more than a throwaway.
Also note that patents are online for many of the guns such as the 1911. However, to create a reproduction using both 3D printing and metal tools would be neither cheap nor quick.
You can get it on a flash drive if you want.