July 9, 2014
A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O'Fama uploaded a video to LiveLeaks on the Fourth of July claims that he has 3D printed a receiver for a semi-automatic Ruger Charger pistol. The Ruger Charger can accept high-capacity mags holding 30 rounds or more, and comes standard with 10-round flush magazines.
Buck O'Fama says except the receiver, all the parts can be purchased on the internet online without any paperwork. So '"the gun doesn't exist in any government database," says O'Fama. The two parts of receiver were 3D printed on a desktop consumer 3D printer, and then glued together.
The possibilities offered by 3D printing is going to make governments and individuals very nervous. Weapons made by printing their components, such as the Liberator, designed by Defense Distributed and released to the world in May 2013, are already banned under the 1968 Firearms Act. In Dec. 2013, the UK Home Office has updated its firearms rules, making clear that its generally illegal to manufacture, sell, purchase and possess 3D-printed guns. Australian politician has also introduced laws in May this year to create a special licensing scheme for holding, distributing or making 3D printed firearms.
Read the author's statement at the end of the video:
"You may not condone the activity, but the fact remains that we are now living in a time when deadly weapons can be printed with the push of a button. The notion that any item so easily created could be eradicated from the earth is pure fantasy. The capacity to defend my family is a fundamental human right. If you take my gun, I will simply print another one."
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Jeff wrote at 7/16/2014 5:55:40 PM:
Nuck FRA, you mean like Germany (oops, maybe you shouldn't look deep into that one...). Add up the millions (or billions) murdered by thier own governments and those who die from criminal missuse look like a rounding error. They are a tragedy, but still a tiny number compared to governments who have decised to murder their own once they take those guns away. As to the technical aspect, this is good news. It shows that a major peice of a functional machine can be replaced with a 3d printed part. I don't know what printer he used, but assuming its a hobby level one it opens ideas of what portions of other household items can be repaired / relpaced.
@billyprops wrote at 7/11/2014 6:04:10 PM:
This should serve as yet another reminder of how futile it is to try and control society or information. Gun control is impossible and only reclassifies an otherwise law abiding citizen as a criminal. And anyone that thinks there's a more effective way to level the playing field between a small female and a large male, is dillusional.
Nuck FRA wrote at 7/10/2014 8:19:56 PM:
There are other more effective ways to defend your family. A civilized society without crazies running around with legally obtained murder weapons is one, which most developed countries have managed to achieve.
bri wrote at 7/10/2014 1:54:39 PM:
@sam - gun rights weren't designed to defend your family, they were designed to defend yourself from the government.
sam wrote at 7/10/2014 5:01:44 AM:
you don't need a gun to have the capacity to defend your family. and as if that's what you'll be using it for. same as when einstein split the atom, he didn't intend it to be used for catastrophic purposes... it's only people with bad intent that use good technology for bad purposes. good luck "defending your family"
Pulsar wrote at 7/9/2014 7:07:03 PM:
This kind news gives 3D printing bad image. Those 3D printed parts are possible to do other ways too. With CNC you can make stronger part, how about carving out from a piece of wood with a pocket knife, make a silicon mold out of a real part and produce multiple parts with an epoxy and I can come up with many other ways to do those parts with out using 3D printers.