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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday October 02 2014, @03:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the gun-without-a-bang dept.

When Cody Wilson revealed the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun last year, he showed that the “maker” movement has enabled anyone to create a working, lethal firearm with a click in the privacy of his or her garage. Now he’s moved on to a new form of digital DIY gunsmithing. And this time the results aren’t made of plastic.

Wilson’s latest radically libertarian project is a PC-connected milling machine he calls the Ghost Gunner. Like any computer-numerically-controlled (or CNC) mill, the one-foot-cubed black box uses a drill bit mounted on a head that moves in three dimensions to automatically carve digitally-modeled shapes into polymer, wood or aluminum. But this CNC mill, sold by Wilson’s organization known as Defense Distributed for $1,200, is designed to create one object in particular: the component of an AR-15 rifle known as its lower receiver.

That simple chunk of metal has become the epicenter of a gun control firestorm. A lower receiver is the body of the gun that connects its stock, barrel, magazine and other parts. As such, it’s also the rifle’s most regulated element. Mill your own lower receiver at home, however, and you can order the rest of the parts from online gun shops, creating a semi-automatic weapon with no serial number, obtained with no background check, no waiting period or other regulatory hurdles.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday October 02 2014, @10:45AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 02 2014, @10:45AM (#100892) Journal
    The thing is, the AR-15 is an ASSAULT WEAPON. It looks really scary and military looking with lethal features like flash suppressors, bayonet lugs, and black paint.
  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 02 2014, @11:07AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 02 2014, @11:07AM (#100897)

    /me hides his fully automatic assault cattle prod

  • (Score: 1) by infodragon on Thursday October 02 2014, @01:53PM

    by infodragon (3509) on Thursday October 02 2014, @01:53PM (#100942)

    If looks define what is an assault weapon then we are in a whole heap of trouble! An AR-15 is not an assault weapon, a 7mm rifle or a 3006 are both hunting rifles with a lot more lethal effect. The energy behind these are significant compared to the AR, in the event a bullet proof vest is used there will be tremendous impact damage compared to the AR. Not to mention the good quality 7mm mag and 3006 are more accurate than a good quality AR. Accuracy = more lethal.

    You may say the AR is semi-automatic. Both of these hunting rifles can be found in semi-auto variants. You may say the AR has larger magazines, same can be said for these others. In fact anything that can be done to an AR to make it "more evil" can be done to any other rifle, however other rifles have longer range, better accuracy and more energy behind the projectile. If the debate were rational typical hunting rifles would be demonized. In fact if the debate were truly rational we would be talking about what guns are used to kill people, tiny handguns. But the debate isn't rational, it's about "really scary and military looking weapons."

    What makes a weapon an ASSAULT WEAPON is an arbitrary definition, "In general, assault weapons are semiautomatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition that were designed and configured for rapid fire and combat use." Almost any gun can be this! I wish we could all have a rational discussion but instead we have scary boogy monsters killing people with flash suppressors, bayonet lugs and disguised with black paint!

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