The World’s First 3D-Printed Gun is a Terrifying Thing

July 26th, 2012 § 3 comments

There goes gun control. This guy was able to use a 3D printer to make the lower receiver of an AR-15. The receiver, and in the AR-15’s case the lower receiver, is the part of the gun that has a serial number. You know, that thing they file off in movies to make the gun untraceable? Well this technology allows you to literally print them at will without that pesky serial number. I wonder if guns manufactured this way will still have unique marks in the barrel. Those unique marks are used in ballistic fingerprinting to link a bullet, or its casing, back to a gun.

It’s time to start looking beyond gun control as a solution to the violence that plagues our country. Telling people what they can’t do doesn’t generally work out well.


Gun Release

I mentioned this already but as Alfred pointed out in the comments it’s worth making perfectly clear that the entire gun was not printed, just the lower release. This is the piece that is technically a gun and has a serial number so it’s still significant but we are still a ways away from being able to print the entire gun. I doubt it will ever be able to print gun powder so perhaps we should follow Chris Rock’s advice and tax the shit out of bullets.

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§ 3 Responses to The World’s First 3D-Printed Gun is a Terrifying Thing"

  • Alfred Morgan says:

    I’m from the camp of people kill people so I’m not any more afraid today. Personal fabrication fascinates me and is pure awesome. To answer your question, yes you will still have ballistic finger printing due to the riffling of the barrel required for accurate distance shooting. 3D printing has a long LONG way to go before it can print barrels. I’ll leave this up to nano-bot 3D printing. Where is this tech by the way and why do I not have one next to my toaster? It’s 2012 and the Mayan calendar days are running thin. But anyways, the part the guy actually printed is pretty boring. The lower receiver is about 1/4 of the already minimal picture you show here. Why is this grabbing attention? Well, it’s the actual part that the U.S. firearms laws defines as being a gun. Scandalous! I must say your blog post title and picture is a bit misleading. This would be like 3D printing a Ford chassis and then showing a picture of a shinny fully built Ford Mustang except missing a bumper – to match your picture missing the butt keeping that manufacturing in progress feel. The picture that really should be shown is this:
    But then there would be no more FUD and who would care? B.o.r.i.n.g.

    • Thomas Paine says:

      I updated my post to make it more clear what was printed. Thanks for the image.

      You are right that I should have changed the title too. Calling it “terrifying” is hyperbole to be sure. When I link blog I usually keep the title of the article out of respect but I think I should have made an exception here. Live & learn.

  • Alfred Morgan says:

    Oh, and thanks for the post. I do like.

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