February 9, 2013

"Meet the 'Cuomo.' It’s a new printed magazine for your AR-15 rifle..."

"... soon to be available for download, and it holds 30 bullets."

19 comments:

edutcher said...

Oh, boy, after this, maybe they'll come up with a 40 round mag called the "Bloomberg".

And then a double 30 called the "Holder".

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Lyle said...

Awesome. Cool guys.

Lyle said...

Awesome. Cool guys.

EDH said...

The group also reverse-engineered the device, but found the magazine’s spring-loaded follower — which feeds bullets upwards as the rifle cycles through them — and its base plate had “tiny impractical parts.” It wasn’t really workable, so Wilson redesigned the shape and added a new follower. “Basically the mag is a total redesign,” he says.

So do it "print" a plastic spring for the follower, or do you add a metal one?

Nonapod said...

They still haven't quite been able to get a fully functioning 3D printable gun since no matter what you have to use metal for components of the lower receiver.

David Davenport said...

There's no substitute for a metal spring at the bottom of the magazine to push the cartridges upward.

No such spring, no functioning magazine. Maybe 3-D digital printing can form such metal parts in the future, but not at present.

Conclusion: Given the present state of the 3-D printing art, printing cartridge magazines is hype, not reality... Unless the metal spring is obtained by other means.

Next: gooberment regulation of the sale of metal springs.

elkh1 said...

That is why the Fed is buying up billions of bullets, enough to pump 5 bullets in each one of us, including illegals.

You can print a magazine to hold a thousand bullets, and automatic weapons to fire 100 rounds per sec. No bullets, no guns.

Congress is going to control bullets trafficking.

Steve Marlin said...

The modern version of the printing press just might be as key to civil liberties as the original printing press.

BTW - you can already buy polymer ar15 lowers. It does not need to be made of metal. Google cavalry arms polymer lower.

Unknown said...

See, The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt.

Achilles said...

Just another example of our elected officials having no idea what they are doing. What happens when in the next 10ish years there is little/no need for low skill labor? In less time than you might think with the right equipment you will be able to build a house or a car with little more than the push of a button. They already have teams of quad-rotor drones building rudimentary structures. I am glad our political class is planning ahead for the effects this will have on our economy.

Bill said...

Unknown said "See, The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt."

To expand on that, "The right to buy weapons is the right to be free."

Revenant said...

That magazine will work *in* an AR-15, but that wasn't an AR-15 being fired in the video clip. AR-15s aren't fully automatic.

Brew Master said...

The spring can be obtained as a stand alone part, easily for sale anywhere. It can also be fabricated out of numerous types of wire, piano wire, guitar strings, etc, etc....

The main difficulty with printing these out is that you have to have a 3D printer first. You can try to make one yourself, there are plenty of instructions on the internet on how to do this, but the DIY home versions do not have the detail/resolution to print intricate items. The professionally made ones cost into the thousands, and up. DEFCAD (the guys hosting this) have become slightly famous for having their leased printer seized by the company that owned it for printing out these gun parts.

Rusty said...

So do it "print" a plastic spring for the follower, or do you add a metal one?


I doubt it's a plastic spring. I doubt you could print a spring that would have the properties needed in this case.

Rusty said...


elkh1 said...
That is why the Fed is buying up billions of bullets, enough to pump 5 bullets in each one of us, including illegals.

You can print a magazine to hold a thousand bullets, and automatic weapons to fire 100 rounds per sec. No bullets, no guns.

Congress is going to control bullets trafficking.

All the House needs to do is deny funding for ammunition for those agencies.
Then the ammunition is once again in the public marketplace.

cryptical said...

Some people think it's all a scam to funnel money to Dem causes.

http://senseofevents.blogspot.com/2013/02/why-is-dhs-buying-billions-of-rounds-of.html

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/01/did-dhs-just-award-ammunition-contract.html

Bruce Hayden said...

That magazine will work *in* an AR-15, but that wasn't an AR-15 being fired in the video clip. AR-15s aren't fully automatic.

I don't think that this is a valid distinction. Rather M16s are select fire, and some are fully automatic, while other selectively provide for 3 round bursts, and are A militarized version of the AR-15.

The reason that I am making this distinction is that DHS has ordered a bunch of militarized select fire AR-15s, and they may or may not be M16s (or M4 carbines). The problem is that an M16 is very well defined, given its actual version number. Thus for example, the M16, M16A1, and M16A3 (and, original AR-15) could select full auto, while the M16A2 and M16A4 could select 3 round burst. Flash suppressors changed over time and versions, as did the sights, the barrels, etc. My guess is that the militarized AR-15s ordered by DHS are closest to the M16A4, because it is newest, except that they are likely fully automatic, instead of burst.

Which brings up the point of what do you call the AR-15 type select fire weapons used by the police these days. Used to be that they got surplus M16s of some earlier type from the military. But now? My guess is again mostly some sort of select fire AR-15. The bad guys like (illegal for them) fully automatic weapons, and I suspect that the cops want the same, and they (mostly?) don't have M249 SAWs, that mostly replaced fully automatic M16 covering fire for the military.

Note though - of course the select fire AR-15s (along with M16s and M4s) presumably used by DHS and police are mostly illegal for the civilian market, and are completely illegal if manufactured over the last two decades or so. And, any conversion that would convert a civilian semiautomatic to select fire (full auto or burst) is treated just like a machine gun, requiring federal registration, which is not available for anything less than a couple of decades old.

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