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  •  Perspective on DIY guns (2+ / 0-)
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    reddog1, KenBee

    This is not really a game changer. Guns are medieval technology, after all.

    Sten guns are solidly in 1940s home-workshop territory. CNC mills come cheap when they're technologically "obsolete" even though they can build anything they ever could.

    We don't see much in the way of homemade guns because the mass-produced commercial products are so good and, outside panic buying situations like today's, affordable.

    The only real change is the removal of skill from the equation. That's not as big a change as it sounds like: lots of lots of people still know how to make things out of metal.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:05:30 PM PDT

    •  Again, it isn't about the quality (0+ / 0-)

      it is about the untraceability. Also, even working with CNC machines, a certain skill set is required. A 3-D printer means loading a file and pressing "PRINT". A short time later you have a weapon that has no serial number, no lot number, no tooling marks, nothing that can tie it to you.

      Please note that in a recent survey, 49% of conservatives believed that an armed revolution was imminent.

      There is your customer base.

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