Shotguns are great tools, and no RECESS should be without one. In a pinch, you can build your own. This shot-by-shot video DIY will show you how to make* an improvised 12 gauge shotgun from common household implements.

This design is a variation on a classic (1969) method from the US Dept. of the Army Improvised Munitions Handbook (TM 31-210).

*WARNING AND DISCLAIMER: The contents of this blog should not be considered a safe and reliable source of information.  This video/DIY/drawing is for illustration purposes only. Building a weapon of any kind is extremely dangerous and my be unlawful where you reside. Do your own research, and place your safety and the safety of others above all else.

Hit the jump for a supply list.

*This post had been temporarily removed pending the outcome of recent confiscations by the BATFE. It has been restored to its original form. For more information see this post.

To make your own 12 gauge pipe gun will need the following materials:
  • Wood (2" x 4")
  • 3/4" steel water or gas pipe (threaded on one end)
  • 3/4" steel coupling
  • Solid 3/4" pipe plug
  • 1/4" x 1/16" metal strap
  • A couple screws
  • Flat head 6D or 8D nail
  • Hand drill
  • Saw or Knife
  • File
  • Wood Glue
  • Shellac
  • Rubber Bands