You probably know by now that building your own gun at home is a rewarding experience. Not only does it give you the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge of your firearm, but if you’re concerned with privacy, a DIY gun can be an ideal solution.
So you’ve built a fine firearm at home and you’re proud of it, as you should be. Now the question is: can you carry your DIY pistol concealed?
The answer, like so many answers in the gun world, is: it depends on local laws.
Do Your Research
DIY gun parts are perfectly legal, even without registration or a serial number. However, once completed and functional, they are also legally a firearm. This means they’re subject to the exact same laws as manufacturer’s guns, and so are you.
If you’re legally allowed to own a gun (and you absolutely need to be before you even begin building one at home), research your local gun laws for details.
For example, if you live in Alaska and are legally allowed to own a firearm there (along with a few other requirements) you don’t need a permit to concealed carry pistols or any other type of gun.
On the other hand, California has a long list of requirements to get a concealed carry permit, one of them being a need to demonstrate “good cause” for why you want it. Additionally, once granted the permit, it requires a manufacturer name and serial number for the firearm. So basically, you can’t conceal carry a DIY gun in the Golden State.
The requirements for state and local laws vary greatly, so you should always do very detailed research on all levels of government (city, federal, and everything in between) before attempting to concealed carry your DIY pistol.
Best Guns for Concealed Carry
If you discover it’s legal for you to concealed carry your home-built firearm, awesome! It’s even better if you have multiple gun options, but there are a few things to consider before rushing out into the world with your gun shoved in your back pocket.
Think about sight lines. If you like to wear tighter clothing or it’s warm out, it’s potentially going to be very obvious that you’re carrying a gun. Everything from the design of your holster to the caliber of your firearm can make a difference.
However you carry your gun, check your reflection carefully from multiple angles before leaving your home. Don’t forget to test it sitting down, as well.
Once you figure out the best clothing and your preferred caliber (9mm and .45 ACP are common choices), some ideal concealed carry pistols include:
We don’t recommend attempting to concealed carry a rifle or other larger guns. Even if it happens to be legal in your area, it is going to be far from practical and much harder to conceal.
In the end, the best gun for concealed carry is one with which you’re very experienced. Don’t buy it and forget it. Take it out to the range and practice regularly
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At JSD Supply, we value your privacy, your business, and your time. Since 2013 we’ve been the experts in DIY gunsmithing, providing kits, tools, 80% lower receivers, and more to thousands of people every year. So whether you want to legally concealed carry your DIY pistol or simply tinker in your garage, contact us or use our Live Chat feature to ask questions.