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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday October 03 2017, @04:08PM   Printer-friendly
from the gotta-have-guns dept.

The Ghost Gunner has been updated to allow the CNC milling of a much more popular and accessible form of firearm: a handgun:

For the past five years, Cody Wilson has applied every possible advance in digital manufacturing technology to the mission of undermining government attempts at gun control. First he created the world's first 3-D printed gun, a deadly plastic weapon anyone could print at home with a download and a few clicks. Then he started selling a computer-controlled milling machine designed to let anyone automatically carve out the body of an untraceable AR-15 from a semifinished chunk of aluminum, upgrading his provocations from plastic to metal. Now his latest advance in home firearm fabrication allows anyone to make an object designed to defy the most basic essence of gun control: A concealable, untraceable, and entirely unregulated metal handgun.

On Sunday, Wilson's gun rights advocacy group, Defense Distributed, announced a new release of software for his computer-controlled milling machine known as the Ghost Gunner. The new code allows the 1-foot-cubed tabletop machine—which uses a spinning bit to carve three-dimensional shapes with minute precision—to not only produce untraceable bodies of AR-15s but to carve out the aluminum frame of an M1911 handgun, the popular class of semiautomatic pistols that includes the Colt 45 and similar weapons. Wilson says he plans to follow up soon with software for producing regulation-free Glocks and other handgun models to follow.

Wilson's goal now, he says, is to do for small arms what Defense Distributed did for AR-15s when it first released the $1,500 Ghost Gunner milling machine exactly three years ago to the day: Give people the ability to make a lethal weapon at home with no regulation whatsoever.

M1911 pistol.

This story came out before the mass shooting in Las Vegas, on the third anniversary of the initial release of the Ghost Gunner, just in case you were wondering.

Also at Ars Technica:

"It's a certain type of person who builds and enjoys an AR-15—that's a lot of gun, and most people don't feel the need to have a big ol' battle rifle," Wilson says. "But we believe lots of people are interested in the conversation about an untraceable, concealable handgun. It's been on the roadmap the whole time for this project. It's just always been a question of how we get there, and it ended up being very, very difficult—kinda like the brass ring of the project, if you will."

Previously: FedEx Refuses to Ship Defense Distributed's Ghost Gunner CNC Mill
Man Who Used CNC Mill to Manufacture AR-15 "Lowers" Sentenced to 41 Months

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @09:06PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @09:06PM (#576774)

    Isn't gun drilling a special process? Who in their right mind wants a crappy CNC gun? And you still need bullets. The government will always regulate explosives.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @09:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @09:54PM (#576805)

    Depends on the gun. Drilling the rifling is kind of specialised ... if you ignore that it's just a special case of what we regularly do when tapping holes for bolts; i.e. drilling a hole then milling out a helical path in the interior.

    Bullets are astonishingly easy to make at home, if you really want to, and so are explosives if you passed chemistry and have decent lab safety practices.

    And even then you're ignoring air rifles, crossbows and all sorts of other ways of projecting force. In fact, if you really know what you're doing, you can make a repeating air rifle that is every bit as lethal as one powered by chemistry.

    But don't take my word for it. Research it yourself. It's well understood stuff.

  • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Tuesday October 03 2017, @09:55PM

    by mhajicek (51) on Tuesday October 03 2017, @09:55PM (#576806)

    Gun drilling refers to the process of drilling the barrel, which is indeed a specialized and somewhat tricky process due to the aspect ratio of the hole and the tight tolerances desired. The drilling referred to here is simple drilling of pin holes in the frame, which could in theory be done with a hand drill and a steady hand, and is frequently done with a drill press. Using a CNC mill just makes it easier and in theory more precise.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday October 03 2017, @10:10PM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 03 2017, @10:10PM (#576812) Journal

    The government will always regulate explosives.

    Homemade Gunpowder, For Science! []
    How To Reload Primers with Matches []
    Black Powder Firecrackers []
    Homemade Black Powder Fuses (Ancient Chinese Style) []

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @10:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2017, @10:54PM (#576831)

    I can't wait for the CNC file to machine the solid block of gunpowder down to only what's needed for a single bullet.
    Same for the bullets machined from a big lead cube!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 04 2017, @12:35AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 04 2017, @12:35AM (#576865)

    mhajicek's comment [] is right on.
    Moreover, for pistols, gundrilling isn't even necessary -- a 4-5" .45 barrel is only ~10 diameters. That's annoying, but well within reach of any competent machinist using an engine lathe and non-specialized tools (drills and reamers). Gundrilling will produce a straighter hole, but it'll be straight enough to work fine.

    Anyway, you seem to think gun barrels are regulated in the US. They aren't; anyone can buy them, including minors, felons, etc..