Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pandora's Box, Opened...

My #1 Blogson hips me to this interesting development in the world of firearms manufacture:

The Wiki Weapon Project
The WikiWep project is to produce a CAD file for distribution and sharing across the internet. This CAD file will be a schematic for a modest, 3D printable plastic firearm. In a world where 3D printing becomes more ubiquitous and economical, defense systems and opposition to tyranny may be but a click away... Let's pull the world toward this future together.

By designing and testing concepts for a 3D printable defense system, and by then sharing that information with the world, WikiWep will serve to protect and ensure political processes and human rights.
The implications here are staggering. Imagine being able to reproduce Liberator pistols in your own home with nothing more than a printer. Heck, this might work for folks who want a concealed carry gun while on vacation without the hassle of traveling with a firearm - imagine being able to walk into a print shop and walk out with a carry gun. The possibilities are very nearly endless.

They can't stuff the genie back in the bottle. Firearms have been around for hundreds of years; most current designs date back decades or longer. They're durable goods, cheaply mass-produced in third-world countries, and soon will be available to anyone with a 3D printer and a CAD program. While a single shot .22 (their first design) isn't an ideal weapon, it's a start -  and even John Moses Browning (PBUH) started with a single shot.

The ramifications of this project are staggering, and will most likely outpace legislation. Owning a 3D printer and a CAD program is hardly "constructive possession, and it's hard to see how having plans for a pistol - even with the CAD program and printer - would constitute same, even for a prohibited person. Being able to quickly, cheaply, and easily produce firearms by the thousand - tens of thousands, or maybe even hundreds - may very well be the lever that forces us to reckon with the person that misuses the tool rather than the tool itself.

This project makes real what we on the pro-rights side have been saying for decades: Any person bent on ill intent can get a firearm at any time. Those that will do harm will not be stopped by any laws made by men; at the very best they might be delayed. Putting artificial barriers to firearm ownership only hurts those that need not be regulated - the good people - and allows the evil people to thrive.

Knowing that anyone, at any time, anywhere, might have a simple gun on their person is fantastic protection from goblins - and out-of-control governments.

That is all.

6 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

Actually, this bodes well for Freedom on a Global Level. Think of all the "Peaceful Socialist States" around the Globe that only allow Firearms to be in the hands of the Military, Police and the Political Elites. You know, places like China, England, Australia, New York City, Chicago....

velcro8ball said...

To coin a phrase, "You dream general". Rationally the genie can't be stuffed back in, but who has ever known a rational politician. "It's a free fire zone boys, anyone not in our colors with a gun is a dead man".

skidmark said...

Sure 3D printing is all the bees knees right now, but how many 3D printers are out there that can print up ammo? Everybody ought to know how to assemple two pieces of pipe, a waher, a nut and a rubberband. It's going to be the ammo that will be our downfall. Unless, of course, you know where there is some surgical tubing. :)

stay safe.

skidmark said...

Dagnabbit!! That's supposed to be "washer"!

stay safe.

Ed said...

Simple math:

bar stock + file + skilled hands + time = firearm

Modern machine tools like lathes, drill presses and CNC milling machines minimize the time component of equation while maximizing the file and skilled hands components.

Ed said...

Simple math:

bar stock + file + skilled hands + time = firearm

Modern machine tools like lathes, drill presses and CNC milling machines minimize the time component of equation while maximizing the file and skilled hands components.