The modern firearm is a product of the nation-state. Machining is hard and requires expensive tools, smart men, and the stability to run a machine shop. Making barrels is the most difficult part. It requires boring a straight line for a great distance, reaming, and rifling with some sort of expensive button. Smokeless powder and bullets are even harder. Smokeless powder is nitroglycerin-based and requires a complicated and expensive process to manufacture. Only a few countries in the world have ever designed firearms, and all of these countries are found in the high-IQ regions of the world. Manufacturing knowledge, while difficult, can be transferred to countries like Brazil and Venezuela. The latter is entering full-rate production of AK-47s in 2019 after receiving the tooling from Russia which is eager to take advantage of our internal strife by arming our enemies to the south.
Many people are now stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The problem is that stockpiles won’t help. The Left intends to limit the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms as much as possible. Even if you have firearms, where do you practice marksmanship in a gun-controlled environment? If you practice, how do you replenish your ammunition if the Left is controlling the legitimate sale of it as will be the case in California next year? If you plan to re-load, where will you get the smokeless powder to do so? In war, especially 4th-Generation war, you always have a logistics problem. Ammunition is difficult to make and scarce when needed.
Guns and ammunition will never go away, mind you, they will just become extremely expensive for otherwise law-abiding people to buy on the black market. In Australia, plenty of criminals own guns, they just cost several months’ salary for a Western working man on the black market. Most people in the Third World live on less than $3 a day meaning black-market guns cost several years’ pay in poor countries. Criminals don’t care about the cost because they get their money through drug sales and robbery and guns are just a cost of doing business. Mujahideen get all of their money, guns and ammunition from Islamic “charities” or Muslim oil states or sheikhs. Is it any wonder that all 4th-generation irregular forces in the world today are bad people?
What normal people need is a working firearm that can be cheaply and expediently manufactured and fed with cheap ammunition outside of the government’s control: smooth-bore black-powder weapons. It’s no wonder this type of weapon was the choice of my favorite post-apocalyptic antihero: Max Rockatansky. Shotgun shells can be expediently-made of modern materials. Black-powder and other variants of propellant are as old as the hills can be made more-easily using modern methods using 3 ubiquitous chemicals. The manufacturing process is far easier than modern ammunition. Black-powder is more volatile than smokeless powder but burns with a lower peak pressure than nitroglycerin-based smokeless powder, making firearm fabrication easier.
Speaking of firearm fabrication, even a shotgun can be fairly complicated and expensive to make since the metal barrel must be bored and the receiver milled. Lathes and mills are expensive and probably always will be. Where else can a piece of metal with a straight hole be found? Piping. The weakness of piping is its welded seam. This can be overcome in two ways: a barrel sleeve (a larger-diameter pipe around a narrower-diameter barrel) and wrapping the barrel in biaxial carbon-fiber fabric impregnated with tooling-resin epoxy. Carbon fiber fabric is an expensive material, but easy to work with compared to buying a lathe or gun-drill and boring a long hole in round steel stock that you’ve straightened. It might even be possible to use 10 oz biaxial E-glass or S-glass if carbon fiber can’t be found. The key is using the right powder load for the strength of the barrel which requires experimentation.
To fabricate the barrel, sand the outside of the pipe with 80-grit sandpaper to make it possible for the epoxy to mechanically-bond to the metal. Clean with acetone. Then, insert a dowel into the metal pipe, lay out the fabric on a dirt-free surface, mix the epoxy, and roll it onto the fabric using a 1/8″ low-nap roller. Then start rolling the wet fabric around the pipe using the dowel like you’d roll paper towels. You will have to experiment with how much fabric is enough. Use the equation “enough= plenty.” More fabric should probably be added where the shell sits in the barrel and is ignited, just like a manufactured shotgun. When the epoxy has gelled and before it has hardened, mix more epoxy with cabosil and “fill the weave” of the outer layer of fiberglass. When it dries, sand-out the bumps and rough the whole barrel with 80-grit sandpaper being careful not to sand into the fabric weave. Coat with a third coat of epoxy and you’re done. The barrel and powder loads could be tested under the pretext of testing model rocket engines or replica smooth-bore cannons.
For receiver fabrication, I recommend Professor Parabellum. KISS. The action should be some sort of break-action with a locking level such as your grandfather owned. The stock can be made of a 2×4 with a jigsaw and a spoke shave.
Proper tactics will be key with this weapon. You’re not a sniper with it. This is a close-range personal weapon that gives you the option to run away or close the distance to use a knife at a range of 10-20 yards. Think of the last battle scene in Master and Commander. Guns were used to close the distance to sword-fight. Third worlders use knives and machetes all the time to kill their dinner and each-other. Knives and machetes are cheap and effective at 0-7 yards where most modern gunfights take place. So, shotgun in your left hand, bowie knife in your right. Shoot then close the distance to kill the attackers that haven’t run away. Presumably, you’re using this in a hallway where attackers can fan-out to shoot at you from different angle. Choose your terrain wisely and funnel attackers into terrain of your choosing or else run.