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  •  3D printers. (5+ / 0-)

    They can make guns good for a couple of rounds without any rifling in the barrel, making it hard to trace them since there are no records.  Or so I saw on a couple of CSI episodes.

    •  600+ rounds now. (4+ / 0-)

      there's an article on

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:32:36 PM PDT

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    •  Huh, I thought the rifling was needed to (3+ / 0-)
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      spin the bullet to smooth out its trajectory, and thereby improve accuracy.

      Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

      by Kimbeaux on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:22:03 PM PDT

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      •  That was the original reason (1+ / 0-)
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        It was just when people realized that the particular rifling patterns were unique to a particular weapon that they became traceable.  Going back to a smooth bore sacrifices accuracy but gives anonymity.  For people aiming to hit a target from a distance, like hunters or marksmen or soldiers, who prefer accuracy at a distance and don't mind that their bullets become unique once they're shot - rifling is the solution.  Even for people who are using pistols and weapons for self-defense, they really value accuracy over anonymity.  For people who need to be able to kill without being traced to a particular weapon, however, they'll give up some accuracy just to avoid being caught.  Those are the ones who need to be prevented from getting their hands on any guns, not just the ones printable with these fancy printers.  As a side note, I think these printers also produce guns not detectable in metal detectors (other than bullets) because they use plastic, not metal.  That's another reason they're dangerous.  

        I am not an expert, however.

        •  I got into a tangle with someone saying that... (3+ / 0-)
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          ...the advent of 3D firearms means there is no way that any gun control will work and therefore we shouldn't have any because only criminals yadda yadda yadda

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:14:08 PM PDT

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          •  you can have my 3-D printer when you pry it from (2+ / 0-)
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            my carbon fiber barrel splintered hands

            Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (TX):"If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted"

            by annieli on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:17:52 PM PDT

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          •  Sounds like the standard NRA patter (0+ / 0-)

            ___ won't work to stop gun violence, there's no proof that it will, so the only thing to do is to arm people so they can protect themselves.  No sense even trying...

          •  Well, you know, if we outlaw printing guns (1+ / 0-)
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            on the 3D printers, only criminals will have printed guns....   /sarcasm

            Now, thinking about it made me wonder a few things:  how many people use a design of the interwebz to print a gun, rather than creating their own?  I'm assuming designing a functional gun is not a widely mastered skill.

            Can these designs be altered to cause fatal flaws in the printed guns which will cause the gun to misfire or explode?

            Obviously, altering someone else's file without permission would be illegal.

            Flooding the interwebz with flawed designs, however, would not be illegal.  However, would it be unethical?

            I'm inclined to say yes.  (Primarily because I thought of it and I'm naturally kinda mean.) Effectively, it's a mantrap.  But it could potentially decrease confidence in any gun design downloaded from the net....

            Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

            by Kimbeaux on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 03:29:42 PM PDT

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