Building a small Volkspistolen

Our friend Axel was here a while back and in one of our many conversations I mention that what was needed was a small 32 acp pistol that could be built with a minimum of tools, something like a WW2 German volkspistolen. Also being a fan of Impro guns,, I knew that it was a doable task. So leaving with nothing more then a magazine Axel was tasked with designing and making a non-firing prototype pistol with nothing more then the tools he had on hand. Those tools being a cheap table top drill press, a disk grinder, a dremel tool, a cheap tig and mig welder, a vise and a variety on hand tools. I want everyone to understand that this project was done as a non-firing prototype pistol only thus keeping with in the laws of his country.

This is what the final product ended up looking like.

SAM_1425sThis is his story. He wanted to come up with a Volkspistolen that was simpler then existing ones and adaptable to a variety of calibers.

Starting with a piece of steel pipe he cut the basic opening in the slide with a disk grinder.

SAM_0990 50PsHis milling operation was completed using a drill press. With this set up he finished cutting the opening of the slide to the proper size.

SAM_0998sThis set up was also used to open up the ejection port. Hand fitting is the word of the day when making a pistol like this.

SAM_1009sThis is his press set up to form the bends necessary for the rear barrel support.

SAM_1012sUsing a drill of the correct size he was able to press the upper portion of the rear barrel support

SAM_1019sThen using his tig and mig welder he welded to the lower block which would later become the completed lower barrel support and feed ramp.

SAM_1022sAfter a number of hours of filing and clean up work.

SAM_1028sThe piece of material shaped to be a dummy barrel support.

SAM_1030sThe complete rear support after a great deal of filing and fit up.

SAM_1049sA basic concept of the pistol design.

SAM_1063sThe making of the bolt for the slide. Again a piece of steel was fitted to the slide to start the making of the bolt. The bottom of the bolt was flatten with a die grinder and the grove cut into the bottom was done with a dremel tool.

SAM_1074csAfter all the work is completed this is what you have.


Next the bolt face is made.

SAM_1083sAnd welded on.


You can see how well the cartridge sets into the bolt face.


More hand fitting and it is set into the slide.

SAM_1098csTest it against the barrel and rear support for proper fit up.

SAM_1104csThe next step was to weld the rear of the slide on. This fixture insured proper alignment prior to welding.

SAM_1226sWith the bolt welded it was time to hand fit the extractor.

SAM_1310sA picture of the extractor and spring.

SAM_1316sPart 2 dealing with the frame and parts of the fire control mechanism will be tomorrow.


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