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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.

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  1. RockyMtnTactical

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

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    It would be like banning some sort of easily grown, commonly available plant used primarily for its psychotropic effects.
     
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    ^agreed, impossible to enforce.
     
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    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.
     
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    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

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    Pity they never thought to replicate some firearms to fight the Borg.
     
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    it makes it much harder to enforce

    and this is already under discussion elsewhere on THR
     
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    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.
     
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    Does this mean I should be stocking up on springs and followers for the future? Those might be easier to find than magazines nowadays...
     
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    Oh, it happened at least once. Well, I guess it was a hologram, but close. :neener:

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    you can print springs, they just take more room because the thickness required by the plastic being used at this time.
     
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    If I were a firearm manufacturer, Id make a design that just required printable parts to convert to semiauto/detachable mags.
     
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    While 3D printable guns may be a bit in the future, I believe that 3D printable AR mags have been developed.
     
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    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.
     
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    That'd be like adding hand files to the NFA. I guess that they did say that a shoestring was a machine gun though.
     
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    Am I to understand that you advocate fighting the Borg with the most unreliable technology in Starfleet?
     
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    3d printers can self replicate. Fat chance banning them.
     
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    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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    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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