A shade tree gunsmith posting at LiveLeak under the nom de plume BuckOfama demonstrates a 3D printed a receiver he turned out for the popular Ruger Charger pistol. The video shows the gun in operations, which appears to work quite well. It has always been legal to make your own firearms in the United States, as long as you don’t make prohibited weapons. At the end of the video, the experimenter notes: “If you take my gun, I will just print another one” . . .
As Mr. Ofama states in the intro to his video,
The pistol version of the popular Ruger 10/22 rifle, the Ruger Charger comes standard with 10-round flush magazines and can accept high-capacity mags holding 30 rounds or more. As demonstrated, making one with a cheap small-format 3D printer and some parts purchased on the internet (with no paperwork) is trivially easy.
The video was posted on July 4th, Independence Day, from somewhere in the state of Nevada. It’s interesting that in spite of the fact that the poster did nothing illegal, he felt compelled to disguise his voice.
While firearms have been made in home workshops for hundreds of years, many people are unaware that large industrial operations aren’t required to turn out working firearms. 3D printers and CAD machines make the production of many parts easier, but the same results can be produced with drills and files.
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