Barred from buying a gun? Just print one…

A gunsmith has created what is believed to be the first gun made partially by using a 3D printer. He has made a .22 caliber pistol by printing a ar-15 lower receiver, and mating it to an off the shelf upper reciever.

Apparently he has been working on making a full blown .223 AR-15 with the same lower receiver without sucess, though he seems to blame the commercial upper receiver rather then the printed lower receiver.

Worth noting it cost him $30 to produce the lower receiver, and with the more modern 3D printers he estimates cost would be ~$10. A fraction of the normal price for an off the shelf lower (~$200 +/-)

And of course with the lower receiver being plastic, it makes one of the most easily recognizable parts of a gun easier to bypass security screenings.

Interesting stuff. Though it certainly raises a host of moral and legal issues.

Brief article- with links, here


About drugsandotherthings

I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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