guns

  • A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    3D printed guns aren’t very compelling right now. Because of the vagaries of plastic and the methods used to manufacture weapons like the Liberator, your gun can turn itself into a hand grenade if you’re not careful. But engineer Michael Crumling might have a solution. Read More

  • Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

    Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

    Solid Concepts, a company that specializes in 3D printing in metal and now owned by Stratasys, as announced their second 3D-printed metal gun, the Reason. Their first gun, the 1911, as well as this one were made by sintering – melting – metal powder with a laser. However, from the detail on the barrel and handle it’s clear the company has improved the technology immensely… Read More

  • Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

    Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

    Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws. The prosecutors warned that Imura’s actions were a threat and felt he was “flaunting” his skill. They… Read More

  • Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    When Japanese police arrested Yoshitomo Imura for printing his own revolvers, 3D printing advocates in some circles were up in arms. The guns, which only fired blanks, were simple test models called the Zig-Zag. Now, in honor of Imura’s work in 3D printing, a CAD designer has created a newer, better gun that could be used to fire real bullets. The designer, who calls himself WarFairy… Read More

  • Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O’Fama (get it?) has posted a video of his 3D-printed Ruger Charger receiver. This single part, which usually holds the serial number and is an integral part of the firing mechanism, is, technically, the only part that defines a weapon as an actual gun. By printing his (or her) own, O’Fama has essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms… Read More

  • Japanese Man Arrested For Printing His Own Revolvers

    Japanese Man Arrested For Printing His Own Revolvers

    Police arrested a 27-year-old university official from Kawasaki City, Yoshitomo Imura, after he posted a video of himself firing a 3D-printed six shooter called the Zig Zag revolver. Imura was employed at the Shonan Institute of Technology and owned a $500 home 3D printer. Read More

  • House Approves Plastic Gun Ban, But Fails To Update Law For 3D Weapons

    House Approves Plastic Gun Ban, But Fails To Update Law For 3D Weapons

    The most unproductive Congress in history could not manage to update a ban on plastic guns for the era of 3D printed weapons. Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to extend the¬†Undetectable Firearms Act¬†but didn’t amend the law to require permanent metal inserts. As the law stands, gun manufactures abide by an honors system that they will promise to keep enough metal… Read More

  • Danish Company Creates Software That Will Stop You From Printing A Gun

    Danish Company Creates Software That Will Stop You From Printing A Gun

    A Danish company called Create It Real has built a software package that recognizes digital gun part models and prevents them from being printed. The software compares each piece you are attempting to print with a database of potential firearm parts and, the company notes, “for safety reasons, there are no models of firearms stored on the user’s computer but rather a list of… Read More

  • The Constitution And The 3D Printed Plastic Pistol

    The Constitution And The 3D Printed Plastic Pistol

    By now, you have probably heard about the Liberator, a 3D printed plastic gun designed, assembled, and test-fired by Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed. Is it legal? Read More

  • What You Need To Know About The Liberator 3D-Printed Pistol

    What You Need To Know About The Liberator 3D-Printed Pistol

    Now that we have confirmation that the Liberator 3D-printed pistol can be fired without destroying the body, let’s address what this means for 3D printed weapons and, presumably, homemade weapons in general. Read More

  • Defense Distributed Claims To Have Produced The First Fully 3D-Printable Pistol

    Defense Distributed Claims To Have Produced The First Fully 3D-Printable Pistol

    While Defense Distributed, the Thingiverse for gun parts, has been working on a 3D-printed lower receiver for the AR-15 for some time now, they’ve finally announced that they’ve completed a real 3D-printed handgun called the Liberator. Made entirely out of 3D-printed ABS with the exclusion of a single nail used as the firing pin, it looks to be the fruition of DefDist’s… Read More

  • A Precision Guided Firearm Powered by Linux

    A Precision Guided Firearm Powered by Linux

    I’ve written a number of times about how ubiquitous Linux has become. It powers supercomputers and cell phones. It’s in automotive infotainment systems. It’s in medical equipment. It’s also now in firearms, thanks to the folks at Tracking Point. Read More

  • Defense Distributed Prints An AR-15 Receiver That Has Fired More Than 600 Rounds

    Defense Distributed Prints An AR-15 Receiver That Has Fired More Than 600 Rounds

    Defense Distributed, a group run primarily by gunsmith Cody Wilson, has released a video of an AR-15 with a 3D-printed lower receiver firing off over 600 rounds, a unique feat in the realm of 3D-printed parts. The part, called the AR Lower V5, worked nearly perfectly while firing 600 rounds and, as Wilson notes, “the test ended when we ran out of ammunition, but this lower could… Read More

  • Like It Or Not, 3D Printing Will Probably Be Legislated

    Like It Or Not, 3D Printing Will Probably Be Legislated

    As the race – and it’s basically a race – to release as many 3D-printed gun parts as possible heats up, it’s never been harder for me to come down on the side of the “Freedom To Tinker” crowd. Last weekend Defense Distributed, a group dedicated to releasing plans for a 3D printed gun, posted a video and description of their 3D-printed AR-15 thirty-round… Read More

  • Kickstarter: This Rubber Band Shotgun Is The Mother Of All Rubber Band Shotguns

    Kickstarter: This Rubber Band Shotgun Is The Mother Of All Rubber Band Shotguns

    Imagine it’s Thanksgiving morning and you’re with the family. You creep down the stairs, Sheriff in hand, and sneak in on dear old dad as he makes bacon pancakes. You set your weapon on “shotgun” and pull the trigger. A volley of hot rubber whangs him in the legs, his old frame buckling as he takes the shot. Another kill. All this can be yours with the Bandit, an… Read More

  • Is There Money To Be Made In The DIY Sentry Gun Open Source Scene? Yes.

    Is There Money To Be Made In The DIY Sentry Gun Open Source Scene? Yes.

    It’s hard to forget that scene in the Graduate when the young, confused Benjamin is approached by a family friend who tells him the future in two words: sentry guns. Now you, too, can enter this lucrative world with Project Sentry, an open source tracking sentry gun system that uses a webcam to scan the scene and take down your prey. Read More

  • Is Printing A Gun The Same As Buying A Gun?

    Is Printing A Gun The Same As Buying A Gun?

    There’s an interesting back-and-forth going on at Thingiverse, a site founded by Makerbot to share 3D projects. Two designers have made two parts for the AR-15 rifle platform. The first part is a standard rifle magazine complete with spring but the second part is AR-15 lower receiver. Why are these parts important? Well, the magazine is just on the edge of Thinigverse’s implied… Read More

  • This Chain Gun Does Not Want To Be Your Friend

    It’s not every day you see a massive BAE Systems Mk 38 chain gun firing off the bow of a Naval vessel, but here you go. This thing is completely remote controlled and features infrared sights and laser aiming systems so you can pick off booby-trapped boats from miles away. Read More

  • The XM25: A Future Weapon Killing Bad Guys Right Now

    Come get some! The XM25 is bringing a world of hurt to Afgan baddies right now. The Army is apparently field testing the (ready for the street name?) Punisher in very limited numbers right now. You must click through to see the very first demo of the weapon in action. It shows the fancy targeting system that guides the 25mm burst rounds to their targets, which then penetrates barriers to… Read More

  • The Internet Presents More Lego Guns

    We first posted about Lego guns back in January and now they’re back and these guns actually fire. That’s right – not only do they completely ignore the pacifist notion that Lego is for creative, constructive play but now you can actually fudge stuff up! Read More

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