On the big radio show tomorrow, one of Jim’s topics will be 3D printers and the ability to “print” a lower receiver for a rifle, as well as various sized magazines and even a pistol. Watch the documentary before the show!
I want to point out that the ability to machine firearm parts is nothing new. Firearm manufactures have been using CNC machines to create frames, lower receivers and parts for years. Over time, these 3D CNC machines have become less expensive – as with any technology – and now we have small CNC machines (3D printers) that can produce parts out of what is essentially reinforced plastic.
Say what you want about Cody Wilson, but it’s the Internet, software and other technology advancements that have made this possible, not Wilson.
Update: And here is the video released of the Liberator pistol that was created and fired. There are metal parts in these firearms, plus they are using standard brass-cased ammunition so no matter what any politicians say, they are not invisible to metal detectors. If they were, they would not pass muster with the ATF. From Fox News…
All 16 parts of the controversial gun, called the Liberator, are made from a tough, heat-resistant plastic used in products such as musical instruments, kitchen appliances and vehicle bumper bars.
Fifteen of those are made with a 3D printer while one is a non-functional metal part which can be picked up by metal detectors, making it legal under U.S. law. The firing pin is also not made of plastic, though it is easily crafted from a metal nail.