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

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by RockyMtnTactical, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Well-Known Member

  2. p2000sk

    p2000sk Well-Known Member

  3. Coal Dragger

    Coal Dragger Well-Known Member

    Eventually yes it makes it very very difficult to enforce. Which is a good thing as far as I am concerned.
  4. Solo

    Solo Well-Known Member

    It would be like banning some sort of easily grown, commonly available plant used primarily for its psychotropic effects.
  5. Buck Kramer

    Buck Kramer Well-Known Member

    ^agreed, impossible to enforce.
  6. kwguy

    kwguy Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. grendelbane

    grendelbane Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Solo

    Solo Well-Known Member

    Pity they never thought to replicate some firearms to fight the Borg.
  9. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    it makes it much harder to enforce

    and this is already under discussion elsewhere on THR
  10. Archer

    Archer Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Kansan

    Kansan Well-Known Member

    Does this mean I should be stocking up on springs and followers for the future? Those might be easier to find than magazines nowadays...
  12. Swing

    Swing Well-Known Member

    Oh, it happened at least once. Well, I guess it was a hologram, but close. :neener:

  13. gunsandreligion

    gunsandreligion Well-Known Member

    you can print springs, they just take more room because the thickness required by the plastic being used at this time.
  14. gunsandreligion

    gunsandreligion Well-Known Member

    If I were a firearm manufacturer, Id make a design that just required printable parts to convert to semiauto/detachable mags.
  15. we are not amused

    we are not amused Well-Known Member

    While 3D printable guns may be a bit in the future, I believe that 3D printable AR mags have been developed.
  16. Apachedriver

    Apachedriver Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013
  17. shotgunjoel

    shotgunjoel Well-Known Member

    That'd be like adding hand files to the NFA. I guess that they did say that a shoestring was a machine gun though.
  18. Solo

    Solo Well-Known Member

    Am I to understand that you advocate fighting the Borg with the most unreliable technology in Starfleet?
  19. gunsandreligion

    gunsandreligion Well-Known Member

    3d printers can self replicate. Fat chance banning them.
  20. TRX

    TRX Well-Known Member

    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.

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