Monday, May 06, 2013


Distruptive technology—plastic gun data files posted today

by Larry Geller

This is a firearm that even the NRA may not like. Why? Because the gun manufacturers who fund the NRA have nothing to do with it.

As promised, the website posted the data files for building a plastic gun today. The web page includes a picture and a short YouTube video. Watch the video and be afraid. Very afraid.

If it works, a usable gun can be mass-reproduced in a garage using only a 3D printer. (See: Game changer: Plastic, home-made guns would stymie gun control laws even if we had them, 5/5/2013.) No pesky background checks will stop the do-it-yourselfer. Nor will gun control laws, even if Congress were inclined to pass any.

The TSA won’t like it, because if it is assembled without the optional piece of metal, it could go undetected by an x-ray scanner. That remains to be seen. Although plastic, it is a pretty large hunk of plastic and might show up.

Parents won’t like it, because any kid dumb enough to make one and try it out could get himself blown up.

Watch out on Halloween if a wee militia shows up at your door brandishing plastic “toy” guns.

In fact, no one is going to like this thing. Yet if it works, it could proliferate.

Even if it doesn’t work all the time (that is, blows up people shooting it), this could be the proof-of-concept that encourages others to try their hand at 3D printing for evil purposes. If this one is only a moderate success, better models will come along.


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