When Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed introduced their 3D-printed one-shot Liberator pistol, all hell broke loose. Anti-gun legislators’ bills to ban 3D-printed guns hit the headlines – but never went anywhere (even in California). Why would they? Not only is it practically impossible to legislate away 3D-printed anything, but the “problem” of 3D-printed guns doesn’t exist. While we fully expect the controversy to re-ignite when someone does something especially heinous with a 3D-printed firearm, time marches on. The technology continues to improve and ballistic boffins are taking full advantage of the possibilities. 3D-printed AR lower anyone? Another exciting area of development . . .
3D-rpinted AR accessories. While still not as cheap as Magpul anything, the process of 3D-printed rifle bits appeals to DIY gun guys looking to personalize their Barbies-for-men modern sporting rifles.
About two years ago, we announced the first example of the genre, created by Neal Brace [sic], now sold by Sintercore. The process allows designs that reductive manufacturing can’t match. Brace is now selling a 3D-pinted latch for an AR charging handle. “3D could upend the firearms accessories business,” Brace tells TTAG. “Time to market is relatively short, making innovation quick and profitable.”
Nick’s reviewing a Sintercore GLOCK 43 mag extension. Watch this space.