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Full Functioning 3D Printed AR-15 Magazines

Could 3D printing revolution render gun control moot? Discuss.

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Full Functioning 3D Printed AR-15 Magazines. Could 3D printing revolution render gun control moot? Discuss.
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Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 243 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:36:38 AM
when 3d printers are outlawed, only outlaws will have 3d printers

Male, 30-39, Canada
 1710 Posts
Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:10:41 PM
If may become an issue when we figure out to make more durable materials to print with. So far I think it's all plastic, when we get to ceramic and metals, it`ll be scarier.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Sunday, February 24, 2013 11:35:16 AM
The point is that all the parts to most popular semi-auto guns are easy to get through mail order and you don't need to show any ID to get them.

The receiver is the main part of the gun and that is what the government wants regulated, because it has the main serial number.

Now they want to regulate ammo clips as well.

Both parts can be made with 3D printers thus circumventing any regulation they may try to pass.

Before these 3D printers you would have to have a shop full of machine tools and a lot of machinist experience to make those parts. There is no law saying that you can`t create your own gun, for your own personal use. So these machines change the whole debate, because they are so simple anyone can use them.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29161 Posts
Sunday, February 24, 2013 11:16:33 AM
The point is: all the laws in the books won't stop determined, or deranged people from killing others.

McVeigh used a bomb...
Those Japanese guys used Sarin nerve-gas.
Passenger trains have been de-railed by terrorists...

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29161 Posts
Sunday, February 24, 2013 11:11:43 AM
@MacGuffin: A valid point, but that's only because M-16s are so fussy! There`s other machineguns that are far more reliable.
Assuming one could (eventually!) make a strong enough chamber & barrel, one could also "print" the shells too. Just need to fill them with powder & primer and you`re good to go!
(Well, not quite THAT easy, but close enough!)

Why stop at printing an AR-15? Why not an MG-42 from WW2? Rugged! Reliable! Deadly.

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