When Cody Wilson revealed the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun last year, he showed that the “maker” movement has enabled anyone to create a working, lethal firearm with a click in the privacy of his or her garage. Now he’s moved on to a new form of digital DIY gunsmithing. And this time the results aren’t made of plastic.
Wilson’s latest radically libertarian project is a PC-connected milling machine he calls the Ghost Gunner. Like any computer-numerically-controlled (or CNC) mill, the one-foot-cubed black box uses a drill bit mounted on a head that moves in three dimensions to automatically carve digitally-modeled shapes into polymer, wood or aluminum. But this CNC mill, sold by Wilson’s organization known as Defense Distributed for $1,200, is designed to create one object in particular: the component of an AR-15 rifle known as its lower receiver.
That simple chunk of metal has become the epicenter of a gun control firestorm. A lower receiver is the body of the gun that connects its stock, barrel, magazine and other parts. As such, it’s also the rifle’s most regulated element. Mill your own lower receiver at home, however, and you can order the rest of the parts from online gun shops, creating a semi-automatic weapon with no serial number, obtained with no background check, no waiting period or other regulatory hurdles. Some gun control advocates call it a “ghost gun.” Selling that untraceable gun body is illegal, but no law prevents you from making one.
Exploiting the legal loophole around lower receivers isn’t a new idea for gun enthusiasts—some hobbyist gunsmiths have been making their own AR-15 bodies for years. But Wilson, for whom the Ghost Gunner is only the latest in a series of anti-regulatory provocations, is determined to make the process easier and more accessible than ever before. “Typically this has been the realm of gunsmiths, not the casual user. This is where digital manufacturing, the maker movement, changes things,” he says. “We developed something that’s very cheap, that makes traditional gunsmithing affordable. You can do it at home.”
Read the rest of the article: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/cody-wilson-ghost-gunner/
Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said Blake Randall Wardell was hanging around with some other people in a garage at that location when he put on a bullet proof vest they had found.
Wardell asked the others in the garage to shoot him, and the shot from a small caliber weapon went above the Kevlar of the vest and into his heart, killing him, according to McCown.
The coroner’s office has ruled the shooting a homicide.
Read the rest of the article: http://freakoutnation.com/2014/05/14/south-carolina-man-puts-on-a-bullet-proof-vest-asks-friends-to-shoot-him-hes-dead/
I would have put a watermelon inside the vest to test it out rather than wearing it. You can always get another watermelon in the event that the vest fails, but you only get one life. A sad tragedy that could have been avoided.
Whether you are on duty or off, the kind of holster that you hold your gun in can both influence the way that you carry it and the places that you get to carry it to. Notwithstanding the kind of gun you have or where you choose to strap it to your person, there are two basic qualities that you need to look for in a holster. To begin, you holster needs to be capable of holding your pistol securely; then, it needs to allow quick and easy access to your weapon when you need it.
Stores selling tactical police equipment offer a wide range of holsters, many of them innovative designs by manufacturers trying to set themselves apart. Some of these new designs offer nothing but gimmickry. To pick the right holster, you need to be able to tell genuine innovations apart from meaningless ones. New designs aren’t really necessary, though. Holsters have been around long enough now that the basic principles of successful holster working design are established. Rather than run after every new design that holster makers come up with when you shop for a holster, you need to go for designs that deliver well on the basics.
Balance price against quality
Excellent holster designs made with quality materials aren’t necessarily expensive. A basic design by a quality brand should give you all the functionality that you need. Basic design, though, doesn’t equate to cheapness of quality. Many bottom-of-the-barrel designs have snaps that open with too little force, have rough edges that chafe the skin and don’t hold up well to exposure to moisture. The leather may swell in humid weather and may grow tight around the gun. Quality basic designs, on the other hand, have properly treated leather.
Look at the number of safety features used
Good holster designs use special retention designs to help make sure that the guns they hold never fall out by accident no matter what kind of rough and tumble they may be subjected to. Retention mechanisms also help make sure that no one is able to make a grab for the gun in the holster. Multiple retention mechanisms, though, have the effect of slowing down the speed with which a weapon is accessed. There needs to be some sort of balance between the kind of retention mechanism provided and the degree to which it slows down the draw.
In most cases, single retention mechanism designs are all that are needed. Any more than that could make it difficult for the owner of the gun to reach for his weapon in an emergency.
Look for active retention mechanisms
A button-down cover for your gun is an example of a passive retention mechanism – you need to engage it for it to work. An active mechanism requires nothing more than for you to push the gun down into the holster. Various spring-loaded devices hold on to your gun automatically. Passive mechanisms waste time and often require two hands for their operation – these aren’t a good idea. Active mechanisms are much better.
Don’t buy fanny packs or concealed-carry bags
Gun holders that are built into a handbag aren’t a good idea. In the event of a snatch-and-grab theft attempt, the handbag is the first target. Fanny pack holsters are bad idea, too – they invite the attention of thieves.
Do not buy a holster built into a tactical garment
Tactical garments – heavy-duty vests that have built-in holsters and weapons pockets – do offer great convenience when you need to carry weapons. They advertise the fact that you are armed and trained, though. Any mischief-maker is likely to take out a person dressed in this manner first.
Pocket holsters are a good idea
If you plan to carry your gun in your pocket, it isn’t good idea to simply drop the gun in your pocket. Not only does drawing not work well when your gun is in a flimsy fabric pocket, lint can jam gun mechanisms, too. If you plan to carry a gun in your pocket, you need a pocket holster.
A hip holster can offer excellent security
A hip holster places your gun in the hollow of your waist. Your elbow protects the gun from anyone interested in making a grab for it, too. Hip holsters offer great access to the wearer, too.
Synthetic materials can be excellent
While leather has always been the traditional material of choice for holsters, modern synthetic materials – plastics and carbon fiber, for instance – can offer excellent quality at low prices. Synthetic materials have the excellent advantage that the make reupholstering easy. Leather holsters, on the other hand, usually collapse when the gun is drawn. Re-holstering can take some time.
Finally, you need the right holster for every application
In general, you can’t have too many holsters – you need a different one for every purpose – hunting, competition, concealed carrying and so on. You can become much more efficient at the activity that you’re involved in when you have the right holster for the job.
Jeremy S has owned a gun for many years now. In his spare time, he likes to blog about guns and gun safety on various websites.
Investing on a home safe will protect your valuables, ammo, and other important documents from burglary, flood, or fire –provided that you choose the right safe.
Do not spend a fortune on a safe that does not have the features you need. At times, we are tempted to take salespeople’s advice, but of course they would always be recommending the most expensive model. Before we proceed to the pointers in choosing the right safe, it’s good to know that some home safes come with insurance coverage as long as they meet required specifications.
Choosing the right safe should not be tricky or confusing – if you have clear points to consider:
1. Check out the safe’s fire rating – Most packaging shows the amount of time the safe can withstand fire without its contents combusting. The minimum fire rating is 30 minutes and the temperature the safe can tolerate depends on the items you will store inside. For example, papers will burn at 350 degrees Fahrenheit while computer discs and USB devices can only endure 150 degrees.
2. Inspect the cash rating – a significant indicator of the monetary value of the safe’s contents. A safe’s burglar resistance is measured through its door and wall strength, complex locking mechanism, as well as its weight and dimension (will it be difficult to move it from one location to another?). High cash rating means better resistance to break-ins. Fire rating is not the same as the cash rating – they are two separate features and a high cash rating does not guarantee fire resistance ( and vice versa).
3. Find out the safe’s storage capacity. Will you require more space in the future? This should give you a solid idea of the size of the safe you want to buy. Keep in mind that the smaller the safe size is, the more convenient and versatile it is to be placed in other locations like in your mobile homes, boats, and etc.
4. When it comes to the types of lock, pick a safe that has a combination lock. This type of lock is easy to remember. Meanwhile, if you pick a keyed lock, you might lose your key over time.
5. Choose between portable or permanently installed safe. If you want the flexibility, you may pick a portable safe. However, make sure that all adults in your house can carry the safe during in case of emergency.
6. Check your budget – but only buy the top grade safe that meets your requirements. Pick a safe that meets most of your requirements if you can’t find the one that absolutely has all the features you want. A few features (e.g. size or weight) may not be as crucial as others. For instance, never prioritize design or budget over cash and fire ratings.
Having a securely-locked, well-hidden, and highly durable safe is a good investment for your family. Make sure that the rest of your family know where the safe is located in case of an emergency.
Mitchell Wakehurst also writes for http://www.authorityspecialists.com.
Horse-sized duck edition:
Taxi cab edition:
Couch potato edition:
Looks like fun…. can you really blame him? I’d do the same if I had a tank.