As a Big Gun Advocate, This Scares Me

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    Its an interesting documentary, not incredibly long. I'm worried about this thing getting in the wrong hands though. Right now its obviously not going to be in normal homes, but everyone knows what happens when its replicated and companies have to start competing for market share. A few years down the road anyone with a little money could start printing these things.

    Thoughts?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DconsfGsXyA&list=TLfs1W66q5obI
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    I like big guns too.
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    If the wrong people get their hands on this printer... not good for the law abiding citizens.
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    Because those criminals purchase legal guns now? This only helps with one part of a gun. I don't see how this is of any more dangerous than buying an off market gun now.
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    Its actually two parts and those two parts are actually really important (magazine and lower receiver). You really think it ends there? This will absolutely end with making full guns, its not debatable. Now, say 5 or so years from now we can make a complete functioning gun and that gets into some gang or cartel or terrorists hands.. They don't need the illegal gun trade anymore. They will be making guns non-stop.
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    Maybe it's time to go full Switzerland.

    Although I've heard it said, never go full Switzerland.
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    This is just a different form of manufacturing. Kids or criminals aren't going to be 3D printing guns any more than they are using CNC machines to do it now. It is much cheaper, and easier, to buy or steal the guns as they do now. This 3D priniting is getting way over-sensationalized.

    Many gun parts can be made from plastics and fibers, but other parts; bolts, barrels etc.. need to be made from hardened, tempered, manufactured steel. Not with a 3D printer.

    This should be way down your list on things you should be worrying about. This documentary is just made to scare people that know little about firearms.

    BTW, if you have the $$$ to buy a 3D printer capable of making the correct parts, buy the others, and assemble a firearm.....guess what? It's perfectly legal. Just ask the BATFE
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    I was a GM in the Navy, so I kinda know just a little about guns.

    Its just a matter of time before this thing can make 3d stuff using metal and its going to get cheaper. The files to create them will be open source as well. This is not just going to go away, to dismiss it completely is kind of naive IMO.
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    Why would a 3D printer that can cut hardened steel like a gun bolt be any cheaper than say a CNC machine that does the same thing? Your not going to have $100 machines making guns. And there's no way we can prove it until it doesn't happen. You can worry about this if you want, but there are a lot more dangerous things for kids and criminals to be messing with.

    Heck, my wife told me stories about her brothers making zip guns in their basement back in the 60's. :)
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    I think you are confused... It's "never go full Brazilian..."
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    Well, that depends on which "Brazilian" we're talking about. ;)
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    Meh. 3D printed guns will be obsolete as soon as they can make phasers and personal force-fields.
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    They can have my printer when they unplug it from my cold dead computer.
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    It's early in the days of 3d printers making guns so I understand the skeptics here.. I just think you guys aren't looking at the broad picture here. 3d printers are going to start making millions of things and its going to be of interest to a ton of people. If I can make a bunch of gun parts and lets say I do have to buy some pieces, I can still have a fast easy way to mass produce guns with no hard work or bother with the danger of the illegal gun trade.

    I mean, I'm not losing any sleep over here about it, just saying in the future its definitely a possibility.

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