Printable Lowers and mags, does this make gun control obsolete?


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RockyMtnTactical
January 15, 2013, 08:50 PM
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p2000sk
January 15, 2013, 08:52 PM
No.

Coal Dragger
January 15, 2013, 08:53 PM
Eventually yes it makes it very very difficult to enforce. Which is a good thing as far as I am concerned.

Solo
January 15, 2013, 09:06 PM
It would be like banning some sort of easily grown, commonly available plant used primarily for its psychotropic effects.

Buck Kramer
January 15, 2013, 09:14 PM
^agreed, impossible to enforce.

kwguy
January 15, 2013, 09:30 PM
Making your own firearms (for your own personal use, not for resale) is already legal (as long is it meets state and federal regs, ie: not an NFA controlled item like an sbr or machine gun). All this does is make it easier to make your own. Anyone with machining skills has had this ability for a long time.

grendelbane
January 15, 2013, 09:31 PM
Older technology, some of it centuries old, makes gun control unworkable.

3d printing is nice though. Sort of like a Star Trek replicator.

It is receiving a lot of attention from Big Brother. Currently, in the US, it is legal to manufacture your own gun for your own personal use.

I hope it stays that way.

Remember, the gov't defines painting an existing gun or wrapping it in camouflage tape to be manufacuring.

Solo
January 15, 2013, 09:43 PM
3d printing is nice though. Sort of like a Star Trek replicator.
Pity they never thought to replicate some firearms to fight the Borg.

bigfatdave
January 16, 2013, 10:16 AM
it makes it much harder to enforce

and this is already under discussion elsewhere on THR

Archer
January 16, 2013, 01:51 PM
No- not right now. No 3D printing tech available today is capable of making a part strong enough to make a lasting armament comparable to molded polymer frames. Skilled use of a Bridgeport mill is far more effective. Within 20 years, however, polymers and reinforced composites will certainly advance to make this idea practical.

Kansan
January 16, 2013, 01:59 PM
Does this mean I should be stocking up on springs and followers for the future? Those might be easier to find than magazines nowadays...

Swing
January 16, 2013, 03:09 PM
Pity they never thought to replicate some firearms to fight the Borg.

Oh, it happened at least once (http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_First_Contact). Well, I guess it was a hologram, but close. :neener:

http://www.imfdb.org/images/a/ae/Tommygun-picard.jpg

gunsandreligion
January 16, 2013, 03:33 PM
Does this mean I should be stocking up on springs and followers for the future? Those might be easier to find than magazines nowadays...
you can print springs, they just take more room because the thickness required by the plastic being used at this time.

gunsandreligion
January 16, 2013, 03:36 PM
If I were a firearm manufacturer, Id make a design that just required printable parts to convert to semiauto/detachable mags.

we are not amused
January 16, 2013, 07:33 PM
While 3D printable guns may be a bit in the future, I believe that 3D printable AR mags have been developed.

Apachedriver
January 17, 2013, 12:31 AM
Perhaps they'll add 3D printers to the NFA list.


ETA: Just to be clear, my comment is meant to be facetious. Before anyone pops a gasket.

shotgunjoel
January 17, 2013, 12:34 AM
Perhaps they'll add 3D printers to the NFA list.
That'd be like adding hand files to the NFA. I guess that they did say that a shoestring was a machine gun though.

Solo
January 17, 2013, 12:39 AM
Oh, it happened at least once. Well, I guess it was a hologram, but close.
Am I to understand that you advocate fighting the Borg with the most unreliable technology in Starfleet?

gunsandreligion
January 17, 2013, 12:39 AM
3d printers can self replicate. Fat chance banning them.

TRX
January 17, 2013, 03:05 PM
That's a silly claim made by printer fans.

I haven't seen a 3D printer duplicate stepper motors, control chips, or microprocessors yet. Or steel shafting, timing belts, or thermal print heads.

Being able to print some plastic corner brackets for sticking metal pieces together with doesn't constitute "duplicate itself" any more than carving an iPhone out of a bar of soap will let you make a phone call.

we are not amused
January 17, 2013, 11:26 PM
I agree, but that only holds for current technology, give it a few years. It wasn't very long ago that 3D printing was in the same pipe dream as Star Trek Replicators.

Magazines for AR's can already be produced using 3D printers.

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