Defense Distributed is announcing their new, outstanding technology that’s going to revolutionize the way people think about producing 1911s. And liberals are absolutely going to hate it.
Thanks to recent advancements in 3D printing technology, Defense Distributed is now able to produce what they call a “ghost 1911.”
This idea of 3D printing a gun isn’t new. In fact, the company has already been producing their own AR-15 lowers, thanks to their Ghost Gunner tabletop milling machine. These lowers are highly functional, unserialized, and very comparable to those sold in brick & mortar and online shops.
However, there’s one substantial difference. According to Gun Buzz:
The only difference is using the Ghost Gunner and the included software all you needed was a block of aluminum and an hour and you could have an 80% lower.
Now print at home 1911s are possible. These 1911s are just like the 80% lowers as they are printed without serial numbers and require assembly to become a complete weapon.
For those of you wonder how this is even legal, the good news is it is.
According to the law, and how the ATF and the NFA define firearms, only a completed lower/frame, (fully assembled with trigger assembly, firing pin, etc) are determined to be firearms.
When an incomplete lower is made, it is not able to be regulated because it is not legally a firearm. Thus anyone can print and own one.
The owner of the company who manufactures the Ghost Gunner milling machine and produces the software says 1911s are just the first step. He promises to extend the software to producing Glocks and maybe even other frames.
Wilson says moving from the 80% lower to the 1911 frame is a huge step forward for gun rights as well as printing from home.
Wilson wrote in Wired.com:
“The whole cypherpunk attitude of total gun privacy is more coherent in this smaller package,” said Wilson. “Now you can have a private 1911 or a private Glock, and it’s at the level of automated manufacturing.”
As you can guess there are states in the nation who object to the printing of homemade guns.
California recently passed legislation making it illegal for citizens to have any gun that was made by a person and doesn’t have a serial number.
Fortunately the federal government and the ATF haven’t made any provision limiting ownership of unserialized weapons.
Which makes some lawmakers very nervous, especially with the recent Las Vegas shooting i
“The ghost gun threat is real and growing,” said Kevin De Leon, the California state senator who pushed legislation to ban ghost guns. “Are they being made by gang members? Are they being manufactured to sell to individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms? Technologies that make it possible for the general public to manufacture guns raise serious questions.”
Surprisingly, Wilson even states that the idea of self-printing makes him nervous. After all, certain individuals with not-so-noble intentions may be able to make their own guns and use them to cause some serious problems.
For instance, Chicago has a rampant crime rate, and orders are already pouring in for the ability for the opportunity for the city’s citizens to make their own 1911. Wilson worries the use of self-printing may escalate these already high crime rates to an extreme.
Despite this, Wilson claims the 1911s are not so easy to make. Users will also need jigs to secure the 1911, as well as milling bits and the 3D printing software, which ships on a USB drive.