The Printable Gun Guys Made a 30-Round AR-15 Magazine and Named It "The Cuomo"

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Over the past few months, we've brought you sporadic updates on Cody Wilson, a UT Austin law student who heads up a group called Defense Distributed. They want to make a printable gun, an ambition that's brought much hand-wringing and even got their rented 3-D printer repo-ed back in October.

Now Defense Distributed has released what they're calling a totally redesigned AR magazine. It holds 30 rounds. They're calling it "the Cuomo." That's some expert, expert trolling, guys.

Wilson & Co. resumed work on their designs in late October. They've spent a lot of time focusing not on printing whole guns, but rather magazines -- and released several videos showing their progress. In response, Congessman Steve Israel of New York has promised to try to ban printable magazines altogether. At the same time, the New York legislature approved a broad gun control bill by Governor Mario Cuomo, one which, among other things, bans magazines holding more than seven rounds.

To which Defense Distributed responded by releasing a video showing the new mags.

"NY is safe," reads a caption. "Introducing the Cuomo series mags."

The next two videos, both released today, show somebody out in the desert, loading one of the magazines into a gun and firing it, then popping the magazine out, undamaged and ready to re-use.

"We're getting better at this," reads the video summary on one of the clips.

Cue the furious arguing. Alternately, you can read some more detailed notes about the testing and revising Defense Distributed has been doing right here.



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JohnHolmes
JohnHolmes

30 Round Clips come standard with teh AR-15. Now printing an 80/120 Round Clip would be more appropriate  Bring on the CAD sketch artist. Also, to you LIBS, the AR in AR-15 Stands for ArmaLight Rifle. 

Mervis
Mervis

Howard and Koothrapali made 3d action figures of themselves with their 3D printer.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Sweet.  Between printable parts and open source CAD milling machines, damnfool gun regs are truly a voluntary proposition.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

It will the same as that awful Ralph Fiennes/Angela Bassett movie about people dealing in illegal programs and using them on unregistered/offline duplicators.

NewsDog
NewsDog

The weapon the magazine is being used in is not an AR. I hope the owner has the appropriate Federal permit for a fully automatic weapon. 

titusgroan
titusgroan

I want the ability to print whiskey.

wilme2
wilme2

Just natural.  The 3D printing revolution is going to permanently change manufacturing.  Yes, those items which are hard, or illegal, to procure via normal channels are going to be up first...

observist
observist topcommenter

@roo_ster  It will be great for the country when having access to a computer means you have access to fully automatic weapons.  What could possibly go wrong?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@NewsDog They are working an ATF registered firearms manufacturer, so I'm pretty sure they are a Type 7 or 10 manufacturer with an SOT.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@observist @roo_ster Yes, it IS a great thing for our country and humanity to be able to download a design and print/mill up a part at will.

This democratizes manufacturing capability.  Maybe it won't be cost effective in many cases, but for folks in BFE (CONUS or otherwise) this is a big deal. 

It also monkeywrenches authoritarians.  Ban guns as much as they will, we'll make more.  Toss in secure encrypted commo and authoritarians will have an even harder time.

CraigT42
CraigT42

@observist @roo_ster It is a lot easier to get ahold of an illegal full auto rifle than it is to get a hold of a 3d printer and a CAD operated milling machine.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@roo_ster @observist There really is no such thing as secure, encrypted commo.  Unless you are talking to someone, face to face, in a soundproof room.  Anything transmittable is interceptable.  Anything interceptable is exploitable.  The only really secure encryption is a one-time pad.

roo_ster
roo_ster

With http://diylilcnc.org, neither ought to be a big whoop.


"The DIYLILCNC project is a free & open-source set of plans for an inexpensive, fully functional 3-axis CNC mill that can be built by an individual with basic shop skills and tool access.

CNC devices are used to fabricate physical objects with a high degree of precision. Some CNC devices, including the DIYLILCNC, feature a gantry-mounted cutting tool (like a router) that can move in two or more directions. The operation of the tool is controlled by a computer, which is tasked with translating a digital design into actual tool movement.

The DIYLILCNC can be built for around $700. This cost includes all the stock hardware and sheet material used in construction."

The future of DIY and small-lot production in the garage is here.  Firearm receivers, parts, etc. is just the tip of the iceberg.

observist
observist topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @observist @roo_ster Gun users show they are not about 500,000 times a year.

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