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  •  It'll come someday (2+ / 0-)
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    duckhunter, Dogs are fuzzy

    But that's a ways off.  For now, we are talking about a prototyping tool, and not much else.

    My worry is different, use 3D printers to make the jigs that people can use in their metal shop to make guns that, while not professional, are pretty good.

    Alll that said, until guns are banned, there is no reason to use an inferior plastic gun, or plastic jigs...and guns are not gonna get the whole thing is really just a side show.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:41:19 PM PDT

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    •  A major reason - they're hard to detect (1+ / 0-)
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      and hard to trace.  No, they won't be good for sportsmen, for hunting or probably even for self-defense, but for all those metal detectors out there, or for gangsters who want to avoid any measures like traceability, these will be used and they will be valued (which will make inventive people work to produce them).  Look at the gun used in the movie "In the Line of Fire" where Clint Eastwood was in the Secret Service and John Malkovich had plastic components to a gun that he assembled after going through a metal detector - with these 3D guns you wouldn't even need that much misdirection and as I said in another post, people trying to be sneaky will find ways to fashion the guns to look like other things wholly unexpected to be a gun.  They don't need it to work for more than a shot or two if they're at close range.

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