|10 October 2012|
Performance Technology Supervisor
Funny to see so much uproar about a printed gun, when in actuality all the work is done by the bullet.
Get a proper caliber metal pipe, carve it for vent/discharge (you can do a proper progressive radial carve for spin and stability with 50$ of kit) so it won't explode in your hands, wrap it in neoprene and stick handle wrap, put a bullet with a thin rubber wrap around it inside, and devise a hammer of sorts to hit it in the back, and you have a rifle (most likely a single use one unless the hammer is really robust).
Only problem, which guns addressed back then, is reloading, which a gun with no moving parts can't really address elegantly anyway.
Making a blunderbass or a musket is something anybody can do quite easily, and good luck tracking that.
If the only thing keeping people away from a mass spree of shooting each other was the availability of an untracked percussion device, the fact that bullets are readily available with no strict ID requirments should worry you a lot more than somebody having access to an item that can only be printed in brittle materials exploding and blinding, maiming or killing one out of three idiots that tried to use it.
I would have left the site up actually so that a few more Darwin awards would have been handed out.
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