Working gun made with 3D printer
The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US.Since it's a BBC source, they're all but calling this the end of the world, worried about the technology falling into the wrong hands. Because you know every street corner thug has an $8,000 3D printer and the CAD-CAM program and the knowledge to turn a program into an actual firearm. There's wringing of hands about these not showing up in airport checkpoints - as though the X-ray machines can't detect plastic. The fact that criminals already get firearms despite being ineligible escapes these people - or, more likely, is simply ignored as it doesn't fit the narrative.
The controversial group which created the firearm, Defense Distributed, plans to make the blueprints available online.
The group has spent a year trying to create the firearm, which was successfully tested on Saturday at a firing range south of Austin, Texas.
The brouhaha over the new Liberator is the same kind of breathless fearmongering that accompanied the Barrett M82 when it was first introduced. I remember watching one of the night time "news" specials on the M82 - they repeatedly harped on the fact that it was "easier to buy than a handgun". Which is true, because the M82 is a long arm - however they conveniently omitted a few pertinent facts, like the M82 is five feet long, weighs 30 pounds, and costs $9,000. It's a little hard for Ice Dog and Ray-Ray to do a drive-by shooting with a gun that weighs as much as a cash register and is longer than their hoopty is wide...
This is freedom, delivered to your printer. This is the very essence of the Second Amendment, that we have the necessary tools to prevent tyranny. The evil that a tyrannical government can do is severely limited when every single person could conceivably be printing out a defensive weapon at any given moment. Imagine if the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, rather than having to procure a small handful of firearms, had been able to print up a hundred single shot pistols whereby they could have resisted the Nazis more efficiently?
The genie is out of the bottle. It has been out of the bottle for decades, centuries, really. We haven't seen a significant change in how guns are made in well over 100 years - yes, the materials have improved and are lighter/stronger/etc., but the general concept has not varied in well over 100 years. Heck, three of the calibers currently in use by the military have been around for nearly 100 years. Even the AR-15 - the newcomer in the "ZOMG ASSAULT WEAPON" list - is 50 years old. Fifty years old.
Heck, they're even using a name from WWII: Liberator. The original Liberator, a single-shot .45 ACP was designed to be manufactured quickly and air-dropped to friendly forces behind occupied territories. Imagine that, using the same concept from seventy years ago - a single shot, limited use firearm designed to be put into production quickly and used against a larger force. The real reason for gun control - disarming the population for greater control - slips further and further away from the statists.
And that's a good thing, no matter what your views are on firearms.
That is all.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)