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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo 450

Posted by timothy
from the but-when-is-general-release? dept.
Wired reports that the 3-D printed AR-15 magazine from Defense Distributed we mentioned a few weeks back has been improved through design, and is now robust enough to last through firing (at least) several hundred rounds, rather than fewer than a hundred as in the previous iteration. CNET says the video demonstration on YouTube was first yanked, then restored, but as of now seems to have been yanked again.
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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo

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  • Re:Yanked? (Score:5, Informative)

    by derGoldstein (1494129) on Saturday February 09, 2013 @12:51PM (#42843853) Homepage
    Also, I don't see how taking this particular one down is effective, considering you can see all their other videos here [youtube.com].
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 09, 2013 @12:59PM (#42843931)

    This is not rocket science, folks. It's machine shop 101.

    Notice they don't have machine shop in high schools any more. Hell, when I was a kid we has metal shop in the 7th grade, that has LONG since been done away with, along with chemistry clubs, rifle clubs, and pretty much anything geared towards giving people knowledge and skills to do things themselves. Chemistry isn't even a requirement in high school any more, and if you want to try buying something as simple as a beaker or test tube, or the equipment to blow your own glass, you'll end up on a DEA/ATF watchlist almost instantly and suddenly discover difficulty when traveling via airplane or crossing the border.

    At one point in time almost anybody with a little time could cobble something like this together, but these days we've managed to make people dumb enough and removed enough basic manufacturing skills from our society that it's really not a common skill set. But if these 3D printers get cheap enough, you won't need any skills, equipment, or know-how.... just a credit card and an electrical outlet.

  • Re:Good one Youtube (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 09, 2013 @01:02PM (#42843957)

    And by the way, very few people care about this shit except gun nuts like you.

    Nope, nobody [politico.com] else [reason.com] cares. Not one [usatoday.com] bit [google.com].

  • Deceptive provenance (Score:4, Informative)

    by tepples (727027) <tepples&gmail,com> on Saturday February 09, 2013 @01:23PM (#42844115) Homepage Journal
    Just a guess: Perhaps "deceptive" or "scam" is a way of saying "this video may infringe the copyright in the shareware platformer, but we can't say it was pulled for copyright infringement if the complainant is someone other than the copyright owner, so we'll say it's deceptive as to the ownership of copyright in the video".
  • by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Saturday February 09, 2013 @03:17PM (#42844945) Homepage Journal

    Training soldiers and sailors has ALWAYS been more expensive than equipping them. The only exceptions to those rules are pilots. But - if I extend the training to include not only the pilot, but all the support personnel required to arm, fuel, and maintenance the aircraft - then yes, training is still more expensive than the weapon.

    Or, maybe you thought that an aviation electrician's mate was born with all that knowledge? Or an aviation ordnance man? Aviation structural mechanic? And, there's a whole boatload more support personnel!

  • Re:Yanked? (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 09, 2013 @03:46PM (#42845163)

    Google also pushes gay sex as being the feel good thing to accept http://money.cnn.com/2012/07/08/technology/google-legalize-love/index.htm

  • by BetterSense (1398915) on Saturday February 09, 2013 @04:35PM (#42845489)
    The most popular magazine for the AR15 is the plastic PMAG made by Magpul. They are widely considered better than metal magazines because they are actually more durable, self-lubing, lighter, and more reliable because they cannot get bent feed lips.

    Magazines have traditionally been made out of metal because it was cheaper, not because metal is better.
  • Re:Good one Youtube (Score:2, Informative)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmh@NoSpAM.gmail.com> on Saturday February 09, 2013 @06:32PM (#42846165) Journal

    You obviously know nothing of emissions regulations, DOT approval of tires, the car crushings of Ontario, California, car safety regulations, noise regulations around event sites, the shitstorms that occur every time some doofus spectator wants to be part of the action at a stage rally and gets his wish, what happens to companies who make anything that looks like it could be used to cheat an emissions test, how racing clubs have to self-police to avoid the long dick of the law.

    We've avoided it getting quite as bad as the gun situation, where it becomes a top issue to world leaders, through self-policing. Still we tolerate (and quietly work around, where appropriate) regulations that would make gun nuts shit themselves.

    Thank your lucky stars every day that guns are far easier to modify, compete with and still take into public than cars. Or lose it and then realize what you took for granted, I don't care.

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