If you have 23 12-packs, you have enough raw aluminum for an AR-15 lower

With some 10th-grade metal trades skills, the guy over at Farm Craft brewed up an AR lower from 265 beer/soda cans.

Nothing really high-tech involved. He melts the cans down in his foundry furnace, first into muffin tin ingots and then pouring the molten recycled aluminum into a plywood and sand mold box.

Cutting off the sprue and machining out the billet, he threads and mills until he gets a relatively mil-spec receiver to which he drops in a LPK, attaches to an upper, and rips some rounds through.

Now if he could turn an AR lower into a can of beer, that would be magical.

Remember to recycle!

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

One response to “If you have 23 12-packs, you have enough raw aluminum for an AR-15 lower”

  1. Bob G. says :

    That was extremely cool! It’s also proof that the genii is out of the bottle: gun banners can’t get rid of all those icky guns by simply banning them. The technology needed for the AR-15 is not beyond the reach of a talented hobbyist, not to mention the millions of ARs already out there, along with the parts to make many more.

    Even a fumble-fingered “smith” like me could hack together a gun that looked a lot like a Kalashnikov, with a sheet metal receiver. Heck, just about anyone could put together a homemade muzzleloader if they put their minds to it. A homemade shotgun’s easier to make than a crossbow!

    Thank you for posting such interesting pieces.

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