Another Step Forward

Dave Killion — August 3, 2012

Government-busting technology is a favourite topic of mine, and there have been a couple big developments in the past few weeks. One is an encrypted web-based chat called Cryptocat. The other, on which I will focus today, is the first working rifle made with a 3D printer

“An amateur gunsmith, operating under the handle of “HaveBlue” (incidentally, “Have Blue” is the codename that was used for the prototype stealth fighter that became the Lockheed F-117), announced recently in online forums that he had successfully printed a serviceable .22 caliber pistol.

Despite predictions of disaster, the pistol worked. It successfully fired 200 rounds in testing.

HaveBlue then decided to push the limits of what was possible and use his printer to make an AR-15 rifle. To do this, he downloaded plans for an AR-15 receiver in the Solidworks file format from a site called After some small modifications to the design, he fed about $30 of ABS plastic feedstock into his late-model Stratasys printer. The result was a functional AR-15 rifle.”

If you are a libertarian in need of a hobby, I would have once included gun smithing amongst my recommendations, not only because it could provide one with important skills, but also because (as you can see below in the section of the video starting around the 5:30 mark) surprisingly good results can be had under remarkably simple conditions.  However, in light of this latest revelation, I believe I will now start encouraging others to consider the possibilities of 3D printing. But whether anyone follows my advice or not, it is becoming glaringly obvious that increasing wealth and advancing technology are going to make coercive government prohibitions an exercise in futility.

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