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3D Printing: Build Your Own Guns

Written by Gary North on January 31, 2013

Want to own an unregistered gun?  Be patient. A build-it-yourself kit is almost here.

The gun control crowd is freaking out. They see what’s coming. There is nothing they can do about it.

Even the New York Times sees it.

“We now have 3-D printers that can manufacture firearms components in the basement,” said Representative Steve Israel, Democrat of New York. “It’s just a matter of time before a 3-D printer will produce a weapon capable of firing bullets.”

You’ve got it, Steve. And you and your peers can’t do a thing about it.

Liberal Democrats don’t have the votes in the House to ban extended magazines for semi-automatic AR-15s. Do they think they can ban 3D printing? If so, they live in a fantasy world.

What if the federal government passes a law against unregistered, home-made guns? How could this be enforced? Will the Feds send gun inspectors to a million homes? Over how long a period?

What if the law gets passed? That will send a signal to 40 million gun owners: “Buy a 3D printer. The Feds can’t hire enough enforcers to police us all.” It’s true. They can’t. If they try, the sales of printers will rise. Mass production will begin. Printer prices will fall.

All over the world, people who want to own guns will be able to. Cheap. Invisibly. This cannot be reversed.

The digital genie is out of the bottle.

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13 thoughts on “3D Printing: Build Your Own Guns

  1. I don't believe the technology is there yet to produce a working weapon with a 3-D printer. Maybe with an automated milling machine, sure. I've seen plans online for a full auto machine gun. So if the Feds get uppity, we'll be seeing underground machine shops to go along with the meth labs….

  2. This article is based on one published some time last year in which a 3D printer was used to produce a working lower unit of an AR-15 style gun. The LOWER, which doesn't shoot the bullets. In order for the printer to build a working, firing mechanism (the upper) it will have to be able to overcome internal pressures of OVER 23,000 psi (or cup), at LEAST; the approximate pressure a .223 round expends during ignition in order to propel the projectile down the barrel and cause the feeding mechanism to eject the spent round and cycle a fresh round from the magazine. NOT LIKELY. The article in question, I believe, was on gunsamerica.com (not entirely sure, but I did read it and watched the video).

    It was impressive, but any idea of a working, firing weapon is sci fi, right now…. which of course is right up the alley of "logical, level headed, democratic, anti-gun liberals" (sarc off).

  3. You are quite correct………another fool (read marxist) trying to gin up a crisis requiring pre-emptive gov't. regulation.
    There's a mile of no-man's-land between the 3-D resin sculpture of a gun, and an actual functioning firearm.
    This reminds me of the "end of civilization" panic, from the same people, about the "invisible plastic gun" that wouldn't
    show up on x-ray, or metal detectors………the Glock 17………we see how that one turned out. I can't afford the CNC machinery, or I'd have one for each hand…..right now!

  4. Too bad you guys don't know what you're talking about.
    " but any idea of a working, firing weapon is sci fi, right now"

    It only fired six shots before falling apart, but the point is, 3D printed guns have been made and fired. While they are a long way off from competing with firearms made with quality machined parts, six shots are enough for home defense, and it definitely is NOT sci-fi.

  5. Uppers are not currently regulated. The design of lowers can be modified. Stronger materials will be used in 3D printing. Entirely new, lower-pressure designs will be adopted.

    Give it time, grasshoppers. It's not going to happen in ten months, but in ten years… that's a different story.

    Still a short enough time frame to make statists and control freaks lose their minds (or what passes for minds, anyway).

  6. Texas Chris says:

    3D printers can do everything but the barrel and the extractor claw on the bolt, Jim.

  7. Texas Chris says:

    All true.

    Thing is, the LOWER of the AR is the regulated part, IIRC. That's where the select fire, the regulated parts, are housed. If those regulated parts are 3D printed of a composite epoxy with the tensile strength of, say, JB Weld, you've got a good, temporary weapon.

  8. If these bozos in Washington ever do succeed in banning guns….they will end up putting the gun manufacturers out of business and then…..all of these people with all the knowledge to produce guns….will just be driven underground and it will be like prohibition in the 30's. and that didn't work either

  9. The key word is YET. IF you doubt the required advancement is inevitable AND the subject of massive amounts of research, I suggest you are naive. The article CLEARLY stated “It’s just a matter of time before a 3-D printer will produce a weapon capable of firing bullets.” No one is claiming that functional guns can be printed with currently available technology.

  10. The ONLY obstacle to printing a fully functional weapon is the material of the product. The ability to print metal, with all the strength of a gun barrel, is only a matter of time. Like the author, I make no claim about WHEN it will be developed, but it WILL be developed. Even if the government bans such development, it WILL continue.

  11. Actually, you are wrong. About a year and a half ago, an SLP (serial lithographic printer) actually produced a high grade component that had to be certified "airworthy" so that it could be used on commercial aircraft. The technology is here (albeit expensive right now) that can produce just about anything including using esoteric materials such as aluminum, titanium, steel, plastics, etc. Next, they will be trying to license this technology.

  12. Dark Patriot says:

    I wouldn't go banking on this. The lower is the weapon. The rest of it are considered accessories. It is possible to make components that are stronger than steel. Sat Cong!

  13. I would much rather have a machine that just made liberals and progressives disappear and I could just continue to buy good high quality guns .