Building the Open Source Battle Rifle

Accepted Session
Long Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 10:00 – 11:45am in B202/203


A look at the technical and legal issues surrounding home construction
of firearms, focusing on semi-automatic AK-47 style rifles.


Home gun building brings interesting legal and technical challenges
needed to keep someone both safe and on the right side of the law.
This requires an individual to be both an amateur metalsmith as well
as knowing the ins and outs of firearms and international patent law.
This talk will discuss the building of the semi-automatic AK47 rifle
from a technical perspective, from demilling parts kits to the
construction of a fully functional semi-automatic weapon.

We will also discuss the origins of the AK design, the history of it’s
variants and its current patent status as a public domain firearm
design, delving into Soviet and Russian Federation patent law as well
as US firearms law.

Speaking experience

Embedded Linux Conference 2011
OSCON 2011
LinuxCon Vancouver 2011
Embedded Linux Conference 2012