I guess I shouldn’t be surprised; after all, there’s one for every other damn thing under the sun.
Should We Be Afraid of the 3D Printed Gun?
Ever since Cody Wilson printed his first Liberator (no, not that one. This one.) about a year or so ago, the gun grabbers have been pretzeling themselves into new and somewhat entertaining contortions over just what, if anything, can be done about it.
RKBA proponents hailed it as the second coming while gun grabbers were frantically counting heads and horns. Tragically incontinent commentators took to the airwaves to utter dire prophecies about the new Super Duper Stealth Gun That Will Eat Your Children®, while those of us who actually know a thing or two about how firearms really work sat back, looked at the clunky gadget, and … well, just sort of rolled our eyes a bit.
The truth of the matter, as is usual with such noisy issues, falls smack in that bothersome mushy middle turf.
And leave it to Popular Mechanics to hop forward and play the role of the Sane Man In The Room. Funny, isn’t it, how they seem to make such a habit of that?
On May 5, 2013, the world’s first 3D-printed plastic gun was fired. Called the Liberator, it was designed and output by a group called Defense Distributed, headed by a 25-year-old Texas law student and committed libertarian named Cody Wilson. Hand-wringing and debate ensued. Depending on whom you asked, the 3D-printed gun was a deadly threat or an important Second Amendment advance—but, whether they feared it or loved it, most commentators agreed that the Liberator was a major milestone of some kind. Now that a year has passed, it’s time to ask just how broadly the gun has transformed society.
The answer is, not much.
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Gun Control Laws Increasingly Irrelevant as 3D Printed Rifle Receiver Fires Hundreds of Rounds
by J.D. Tuccille
On Monday, with little fanfare and less comment — primarily because none was needed — Defense Distributed unveiled a 3D-printed lower receiver for an AR-15 that stood up to hundreds of rounds of fire. Succinctly, the video on Youtube was accompanied by the statement, “Does not fail from firing stresses. 600+ rounds.” Just as important, and the purpose of all this effort, the group made plans for the receiver available for download by all and sundry at DefCad. Defense Distributed’s video and 3D printer plans are a clever and powerful blow to politicians’ efforts to restrict Americans’ abilities to own the means of self-defense. They may also be a glimpse of a future in which human liberty is largely dependent on an ability to limit the reach of the state through technological innovation and grassroots defiance.
It wasn’t long ago that Defense Distributed was getting some ribbing for the quality of its subversive efforts when its first attempt at a receiver fell apart after six shots. Then, the group unveiled a high-capacity rifle magazine that could be manufactured in a home workshop on a 3D printer. They named it “Cuomo” after New York’s control-freaky governor. Not so much ribbing.