3d printing

Brandon, on something very relevant to my interests:

I don’t have a 3D printer yet, but will probably get one someday.  Right now I just can’t see myself having the time between ENDO and some other projects I’m working on… I hate buying stuff that will just sit on a shelf for a long time, and then when I go to use it I’d probably realize that there are units out that are 10x better.  That said, I didn’t realize they were only a couple hundred dollars now.

I’m looking forward to future vids from Brandon on the topic.  I realize there are dozens of YouTubers that have awesome 3d printing videos, but I like the gun angle that Brandon will bring.

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I knew this would happen with 3D printing eventually:

From the description:

The final iteration of the 3D printed Banana Standard pistol is now fully functional. All major controls work perfectly, and all minor tolerances have been corrected. The only issue seems to be that the slide, in conjunction with the recoil spring, are too heavy to cycle properly with a suppressor attached. The frame was printed in PLA at 0.1mm layer heights.

Incredible.  According to the comments on the video, he even 3d printed the frame rails in 17-4 stainless steel.  As you know, the frame is the part with the serial number on it, so he’s making what the internet likes to call a “GHOST GUN”👻👻👻.  Although he could have used a Glock slide, he chose to use some aftermarket one in the videos.  The guy hasn’t made any comments on the long term durability of the PLA.

This is an older version posted last week, where he had some fun with the frame shape:

The guy also 3d printed a VZ61 Skorpion, from measurements he took off a de-milled parts kit and some old blueprints.

Oh man the aftermarket is going to have a field day once this becomes easier and easier to do at home, and the files become open source.  Naturally the lawmakers will be scrambling even more than they are now.

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This video is put out by Gabby Giffords:

Basically regulations regarding “what ifs”, and he uses the term “ghost guns” (building your own).  haha he talks about the people who troll him on twitter.

I think you guys know my stance on this.  Any law that may potentially be made to combat this isn’t going to affect what criminals are going to do, because they simply don’t care about breaking the law.  Regular people who want to print guns for their own personal enjoyment, or other purposes such as self defense (assuming we get there eventually – where you can print semi autos) are not the problem.

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Hmmmmmm:

0:49 – LOL that quote. Alan Gottlieb is a G for that one.

1:09 – Yup here it is, the bullet points they love to lose their minds over.  I love the last one the most: “StAtE AcToRs or RicH CriMiNaL CaRtEls AcRoSS ThE WoRld.”

3:05 – This guy’s hunch is that the NRA will come out against this for “safety”.  I bet they won’t say anything at all about it (which will piss many pro-gun people off tons too), but who knows.  At least one NRA show member (Dana Loesch) supports 3D printed guns.  I didn’t see any statement at the start of her videos (like Colion Noir’s NRATV videos have), but the NRA as an organization seems to like to distance themselves from the opinions of even they people who have shows on their network.  I guess legally that’s probably the slickest thing to do, because then if people get all up an arms about something inflammatory a particular person said they can just throw their hands up like “WHOA WHOA read the disclaimer buddy.  That’s his/her view, not ours.”.  Convenient.

5:42 – Oh here we go… comparing guns to bazookas and anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.

If you missed it, this is all in regard to the US State Dept settling it’s lawsuit with Defense Distributed, allowing them to publish gun files online.

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hahaha this is epic:

Rubber-Band-Gatling-GunThe fact it’s forearm mounted makes it extra cool.  I want to see someone put one on each arm and unleash the fury on someone.

Nothing but the energy of the stretched rubber bands powering this thing.  What a time to be alive.

You can download the plans and read more at instructables.

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Everything but the barrel and springs are 3D printed plastic.  Below is the assembly video, so you can probably just skip through it if you don’t have 10 minutes to spare:

Very nice.  Notably cool that he’s used a 3d printed AR-15 lower receiver with a magwell insert to accept 9mm magazines of his own design.

Here’s a test fire video.  I love the HK style charging handle:

Shuty-9mm-3d-Printed-PistolThoughts?  Do you see the current laws which let people build firearms for personal use being changed because of 3d printing?  Has a crime ever been committed yet in the US with a 3d printed gun?

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