I’m not entirely sure I’m responsible enough to own any real firearms, but I think I could settle for LEGO replicas. Introducing LEGO Heavy Weapons: Build Working Replicas of Four of the World’s Most Impressive Guns. Its 17-year-old author, Jack Streat, delivers a complete guide to building 1:1 scale replicas of several well-known firearms, such as a SPAS shotgun, or Desert Eagle handgun with realistic built-in blow-back. Despite the subtitle’s claim of allowing you to build “working” replicas, I seriously doubt you’ll ever get one of these to fire live ammunition. At least, I hope so. Also, isn’t it terrifying to know there’s a 17-year-old kid out there who can design a replica AKS-74U assault rifle using LEGO bricks?
The guide goes on sale later this month, and while you can’t pre-order it, you’ll be able to pick it up via the NoStarchPress website so be sure to check each week, or alternatively, you can sign up for their newsletter to be notified. If you’re interested in building one of these replicas, you’ll probably need access to some special bricks — thankfully, included in this 350+ page guide is a detailed list of each piece you’ll need so you can special order bricks if necessary. The guide itself will cost you ~$25. You can preview a few pages below.