Automatic Ghost Gun Machine

A CNC mill in a box.  Put 80% lower receiver in.  Receive “Ghost Gun” a short time later:

Ghost Gunner ships fully assembled and ready to build right out of the box. No assembly is necessary and no programming is required. After installing the included software, you’ll be ready to manufacture publicly available .dd designs. Defense Distributed is committed to releasing future firearm design files, from the AR-15 to the AR-10 to the 1911, and then continuing with our own designs.


hahah pure genius.  $1200 from Defense Distributed’s Ghost Gunner website, where you can also find out more info.  At the time of writing this, there are only 32/100 pc. left for purchase on this pre-order.

I wonder if they will release CNC paths to make a .30 caliber clip?

If you’re not getting the “Ghost Gun” joke, read up here.

Ghost-Gun-AR15-Lower-ReceiverIs anyone worried this will only speed up laws which will put a stop to homemade AR-15 lowers?

Gat tip: William, Marc



simon October 2, 2014 at 04:47 am

so it is a full on 3 axis cnc mill? or just a tool that only turns 80% in to 100% lowers.

also if it is a normal cnc is the price any good for the quality


Jim Jones October 2, 2014 at 07:00 am

Here is the thing. In my day job, I am a lawyer. I’m not a constitutional one, which means I don’t pay my bills by delving into those issues, but it is what interests me. The reason that we have this weird patch work of gun laws is that the Feds really have no business regulating firearms. The way they get around that is by using the commerce clause, which enables the Feds to regulate INTERstate commerce. This is the reason that, barring your state banning in-state transfers, the feds can’t compel you to do a background check between people of the same state. The Feds could certainly try to pass a background check law, but part of the constitutional challenge that anyone would put up is that the Feds are not authorize to make such rules. I’m sure a compliant court would bend the rules to say that INTERstate commerce also means INTRAstate commerce because the parts included in the firearms somehow crossed state borders at some point, but that’s part of the reason that the rules are the way they are. I have to mention that the Supreme Court has made a complete mess of the commerce clause, and essentially rendered it toothless – But that’s why the Feds can’t prevent you from building firearms that you are not going to sell. It’s not commerce if you don’t sell it. The 80% lower rules are totally arbitrary, but the idea is that the Feds can’t prevent you from buying something that is not a gun, and they can’t prevent you from making a gun. States like CA, on the other hand, is a whole other can of worms. I’m not too worried about them trying to outlaw ways to build firearms at home. It’s a CNC machine, and it’s aluminum. The only way they could do it is by passing a law that says that any firearm you build has to be registered and serialized. That would be an easy sell for the NRA to counter.


ENDO-Mike October 2, 2014 at 08:01 am

Good points all around. I bet it’s not going to stop politicians from trying to sneak bills in like they have done in the past. :/


unfrozen caveman guy October 2, 2014 at 06:00 pm

I’m not a lawyer, but…oh wait, I totally am a lawyer actually. You have great points, and I agree with your theories and would like to subscribe to your newsletter. That said, the last time anyone gave half a shit about the commerce clause was 1995, and even then, the supremes would have been fine with banning the interstate trade in 80% paperweights. The structural restrictions on central government power really make it hard to get your hardcore graft on, so don’t hold your breath for any of the three branches to suddenly find jesus and commit to limited government. We were a constitutional republic, we’re well along the slippery slope to empire. Don’t get too worked up, though, it will happen so slowly you might not even notice in the few decades we have left on this ball of dust, all that’s left for us is to kick back and watch our coins shrink as caeser tries to figure out how to divvy up the gravy.


Dale Smith October 2, 2014 at 08:24 am

I ordered mine yesterday, and barely missed the 10 for $999 (I got #12 for $1199). As of right now, they’ve bumped it from 100 to 120 available, and there’s only three left. It’s a full on 3 axis CNC that is run by your laptop. And with the files being open source, I bet it’s a matter of days, once they ship, before there is a file for a 0% lower (aluminum block to finished lower). Not only that, files for pretty much any other aluminum firearm accessory you think of, that’ll fit in the machining area. Ares Armor sells 1911 80% blanks.

And forget firearms parts for a second, think of all of the other cool stuff you can make out of aluminum, with the right files. And all available from the general public. From paperweights to training knives to small parts to whatever you can think of.

I’m waiting on the Glock aluminum receiver, with the reprofiled grip that’ll take 1911 scales! ;)


Dale Smith October 2, 2014 at 08:27 am

And if this thing can do steel, the options have gone through the roof.


Rusty Shackleford October 2, 2014 at 02:33 pm

Damn. I hope they will make more after they recoup their cost from the first batch.


KestrelBike October 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Haha well chosen soundtrack. (Eric Satie – Gnossienne no.1)


Seb October 2, 2014 at 04:31 pm

The pew pew pew box? sheaaaa boi


John Fritz October 2, 2014 at 05:37 pm

That video is gold. I can see knickers twisting all over our great land.

The pig. Goodness gracious. :)


Eric October 3, 2014 at 03:21 am

This is just a very overpriced CNC router, and not a CNC mill. For $1200 you can get a nice mill and CNC conversion kit, or you could just build a bigger router (think 2’x4′ or 4’x4′) with the same tolerances.


Anton October 4, 2014 at 03:16 am

I don’t see how it can mill receivers for any handguns other then subcompacts since the build envelope is only about 3.5x4x9″.


Angus June 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

There is a problem with my Ghost Gunner it says error it says
machine is locked due to error
Alarm Hard/soft limit


Manuel M July 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I’m having the same problem.


Robi February 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

Alarm Hard/Soft limit means a limit switch is triggered (or stuck) OR the software thinks it has traveled far enough to trip a limit switch and hasn’t (switch not working). I believe it’s using a grbl shield which I’m not familiar with. I’m a RAMPS 1.4/MKS/parallel port kind of guy. Using a multimeter you can test the limit switches. and I had a 3d printer delivered with one of the limit switches wired backwards IE: Normally Closed (NC) vs the Correct Normally Open (NO) for the printer in question. Jan 16


Angus June 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm

How do I fix this


Raymundo L Rosario May 18, 2017 at 09:05 pm

My ghost gunner is having probing issus?



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