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Defence Distributed Demonstrates 3D Printed "High Capacity" AR15 Magazine on youtube

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dean Weingarten, Jan 14, 2013.

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  1. Dean Weingarten

    Dean Weingarten Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Technology is making the desire to keep detachable magazines out of the hands of rampage shooters an impossibility. It has always been possible for people to make magazines of more than 10 rounds in home workshops. Magazines for AR15 rifles were made in jungle workshops by the Viet Cong. But in today's digital society, especially among young, hip, technologically advanced adults, nothing catches the attention like the ability to print working magazines for modern rifles by pressing a button on a 3D printer.

    Defence distributed has now released digital files that enable people to print magazines for their AR15 rifle at home on their own 3D printer. Printing magazines is far easier than printing entire rifles; magazines are, in effect, only a box with a spring, and 3D printers make getting the dimensions correct as easy as pressing a button.

    In the video, the magazine is demonstrated not only firing on semi-auto, but also on fully auto.

    Have you decided that we must now have 3D printer control? That is rather difficult, as many of the latest at home 3D printers are capable of duplicating themselves. They are currently available for less than $1000, and the price is dropping.

    If your buddy needs a 3D printer, it may take a week or so to print and assemble his, but it can be done without ordering it from a retail store or off of the net.

    It appears that magazine control now makes less sense than outlawing kitchen knives.

    Demonstration Video Link

    Dean Weingarten

    Here is a link to the source of the data files:

    Defcad 30 round AR15 Magazine Link

  2. gunsandreligion

    gunsandreligion Member

    Mar 16, 2009
    West Michigan
    Awesome. I think its time I do a little shopping for a printer.
  3. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    The one thing they cannot print, however, is the spring. Banning the production of replacement springs would do it.
  4. TheGloriousTachikoma

    TheGloriousTachikoma Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    There's a design that uses a plastic printed spring. It needs to be longer as the spring does not compress as well, but it works apparently.
  5. ToraBoraBlues

    ToraBoraBlues Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    You know how easy it is to make a spring? Or even easier to reappropriate a spring for some other device and simply cut it to the right length
  6. Zoogster

    Zoogster Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    A spring is metal wire you coil around a rod then cut. At which point you space the coils out properly and heat treat it.

    It can be heat treated with basic household stuff. Hardened and annealed.

    This is really cool.
    Technology is going to make restrictions meaningless. Anyone who wants one can make one by pressing a button.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2013
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