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That Was Fast!

2013-11-08 23:54:01.509469+00 by petronius 1 comments

Remember earlier this year when the panic of the week was people using 3D printers to make guns? Things settled down when it was pointed out that the sub-$5000 hobbyist printers would only produce a sort of plastic zip gun that was more likely to blow your hand off than get a round off.

Except, of course, progress marches on. According to Instapundit, an outfit called Solid Concepts has printed out a metal version of a Colt 45 that has easily handled at least 50 shots. Yes, this is an expensive industrial grade machine using sintered metal, but we know what is to come. I suspect that the only real bar to more printed firearms is that fact that conventionally manufactured guns are so plentiful there's no point to DIY gunsmithing.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-11-09 03:32:57.667983+00 by: Dan Lyke

So if you bored and rifled the barrel out of solid stock...

I've long thought that this 3d printed gun thing was silly because you could easily make one in a basic machine shop. I guess this reduces it to a 3d printer and an optional drill press.