New book shows you how to make Lego guns

[Video Link] Jack Streat, the 17-year-old boy who made the AK-47 out of Lego pieces in the video above, has landed a book deal. LEGO Heavy Weapons will be released in May by No Starch Press.
From LEGO guns mastermind and 17–year-old YouTube sensation Jack Streat comes LEGO Heavy Weapons, a collection of complete building instructions for four truly impressive, 1:1-scale replicas of the world's most iconic firearms.

LEGO Heavy Weapons will show you how to build brick-based models of:

- A massive Desert Eagle handgun, with working blowback action
- The compact but deadly AKS-74U assault rifle with folding stock
- A bolt-action Lee Enfield sniper rifle (a.k.a. Jungle Carbine) with bipod and scope
- A pump action SPAS combat shotgun

Each set of instructions includes a complete parts listing, so you can find (or special order) any hard-to-find bricks. The book's illustrated, step-by-step building instructions will be clear to anyone who's ever played with LEGO bricks, and the biggest models will challenge and delight even the most serious builders.
LEGO Heavy Weapons


  1.  No Starch publishes quite a few interesting Lego books. The book featured here provides instructions for building replicas of real guns, but there is also Badass LEGO Guns, which looks to be focused more on functional original models. And then there’s also Forbidden LEGO, which was featured here before.

  2. You guys should look at Brickgun: They have been making these for years and selling the plans online for super cheap, plus you get the accessories pak. This is hardly new and its much easier to DL the plans than waste your money on a book. I mean hey you got plenty of Legos to buy in the first place HAHA. It only took you guys like 5 years to find out about this….

    1.  ;)
      BrickGun is actually *my* company. Some of Jack’s concepts (his Desert Eagle, for sure) uses design aspects I created almost a decade ago. But his focus is more on making larger guns that shoot bricks at the expense of being 1:1 scale and detail accurate.

      We chose to focus on models which look as much like the real-life counterparts as possible.

      Plus, most people will have a hard time collecting the bricks to build his designs. We learned from our MP5 that designing an SMG over a handgun tends to quickly stretch beyond the reach of most people’s collection.

      We’ve also been in talks with NoStarch for over a year about doing a book of our stuff, since it falls into a slightly different niche. It may still come together.

      But thanks for the mention. It never ceases to amaze me how far-reaching and well-known BrickGun has become in a decade.

  3. Next up, 17-year-old future lawyer writes book on how to sue Jack Streat and No Starch Press over the choking death of your 13-year-old who inhaled a Lego shot at him by your neighbor’s 10-year-old.

    1.  You have seen the Nerf guns, yeah? They are a much more likely choking hazard. At any rate, you can’t bubble wrap the world.

  4. Moderator note: Anyone who starts going on about gun politics from any perspective is going to get a quick, sharp visit from the Slap Fairy.

    1. The first rule of LEGO gun  club is, you do not talk about LEGO gun  club. 

      And that’s how this conversation shriveled up and died.

  5. I love it when two things I like are slammed together, like a Reese’s Peanut Buttercup.

    I’ve also seen 1:1 scale replicas made from PAPER that are very impressive. That sort of ingenuity is sadly disappearing among our youth.

    1. The article is about a 17-year-old who makes functional guns from Lego and your comment is that “That sort of ingenuity is sadly disappearing among our youth.”? Huh?

      1. Because he is the exception. The diamond among the Kimberlite.

        More kids would rather play video games than build something that isn’t in the instructions your Legos came with.

  6. This is really sad – I wrote to Lego about this book and they replied “We’re always disappointed to hear our LEGO® sets are being used in this way.

    We worry that a young LEGO fan might use the word “LEGO” when searching online and stumble across a site like this, so we are going to try and get it taken down.

    Actually the law says we can only ask for the LEGO sets to be removed, we can’t demand it, so it’s difficult for us to stop them but we’ll do our best

    LEGO toys have changed a lot since we started making our classic sets (which many parents remember from their own childhood). We’ve added adventure, fantasy and car-themed sets to our ranges for 5 – 12 year old LEGO fans. All our fantasy and historical ideas are based on the classic story of “good versus evil”. They allow children to explore both sides as part of their natural development but are not meant to be violent.

    Actually, it’s over 50 years since we decided not to make toys with a military theme, and we’re still sticking to that decision! So although we now make loads more toys, I hope you see it’s still really important to us that all the LEGO sets we invent are fun, imaginative and help fans, young or old, to learn.”

    1.  Which is why you can buy a Lego 19th-century US Cavalry outpost to go with their Native Americans. I wonder which ones are “good” and “evil” there?

      I always thought the rule was not “no military toys” but “no modern weapons”- which is why you can buy 18th- and 19th-century military Lego, but Lego police are unarmed.

    2. re:””We’re always disappointed to hear our LEGO® sets are being used in this way… They allow children to explore both sides as part of their natural development but are not meant to be violent.”

      What a bunch of two faced double-speak. Look at their range of ‘adventure’, we have Ninjago (ninjas), Star WARS, Pirates, DC and Marvel Superheroes, Harry Potter, LotR, Bionicles, knights, etc, etc. All of these ‘adventure’ toys have play violence at their heart. How many of these sets COME with WEAPONS? Kids shoot, slice, bash, and blow up the bad guy – not have tea parties and talk about civilized things.

      re:”it’s over 50 years since we decided not to make toys with a military theme,”

      Other than Star WARS, right? How many of the mini-figs DON’T come with weapons in those sets. Every Imperial set is almost exclusively a military theme. Oh – because this is set in the past it gets a pass for it’s historical significance?

      What’s the deal, Lego, is it because the weapon is too big it’s an issue? Is Nerf Satan incarnate for making guns that throw projectiles? I watched several of the videos. I saw NO violence – the kid is shooting down targets. What I saw was a brilliant example of ingenuity. This cemented my decision to buy his book.


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