Skip to comments.3D Printed AR15 Magazines Offered for Sale
Posted on 03/09/2013 10:24:34 AM PST by marktwain
In its rapidly expanding role of protector of the people's right to arms, Defense Distributed is offering copies of the "Cuomo" its revolutionary 3D printed AR15 30 round magazine.
The magazine is designed to accept either hardware store or standard AR15 magazine springs, which need to be bought separately to make the magazine functional.
As a bit of political history, these magazines may prove to be a curio that either sparked the start of a revolution in 3D printer manufacturing, saved the Constitution by demonstrating the insanity of attempting to outlaw boxes with springs, or both. The current price is $50, higher than the price of a mass manufactured magazine.
I wonder if it would be possible to obtain one of these magazines, signed by Cody Wilson? 20 years from now it might make it into a museum.
The magazines are available here. They may not be shipped to CA, HI, MA, NJ, NY, or other places that ban the sale, transfer, or possession of "high capacity" magazines.
Link to Defense Distributed online shop
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Just like making a suppressor is easy, magazines are basically a tin can with a spring. You probably couildn’t even kill someone with an unloaded magazine by throwing it at them. A Tuna Fish can lid is more dangerous.
I’m not really sure why people think this. Yes, it is a neat technology. However in a modern machine shop just about every tool is computer controlled anyway. Hence every part is made in an automated fashion. The only real difference in question is whether a 3D printer capable of sintering metal will be cheaper than a full set of CNC lathe, milling machine, and drill press.
For fifty bucks? I don’t think so. Also, their page says “Made in Austin, TX”. Shouldn’t that read “Published in Austin, TX”?
Excellent point and one I hadn’t really considered. I think that the term “printer” is one that so many can relate to as something that we may have in our homes or offices - whereas a computer controlled lathe - not so much.
The point is that many people do not think they can run a lathe, milling machine, and drill press.
But they all *know* they can run a printer.
This is about the perception of the ease of making magazines catching up to the reality.
Interesting side question is, what constitutes a “magazine” under the law. The receiver or frame of a firearm is the firearm is legal firearm, all other parts are not restricted for sale in any way.
So what consitutes a magazine. is a box without feed lips a magazine? Its hard to see how that is enforeable.
Is an extended spring a magazine? That would be a trick, especially if I designed the mag to use external rubber bands, which I could.
Is a 6 round magazine with an extra long follower that fills 80% of the box an illegal mag, based on how you might alter it?
Once 3d printers are commonplace, the printing instructions will probably be purchased, but at $50 a pop, i doubt they will sell many.
Defense Distributed has already made the instructions available for free. It is part of their mission statement.