Meet the â€œCuomo.â€ Itâ€™s a new printed magazine for your AR-15 rifle, soon to be available for download, and it holds 30 bullets. Upgrading an earlier design that didnâ€™t hold up particularly well after extended use, itâ€™s an unsubtle rejoinder to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently signed a magazine-restriction law limiting mags to seven rounds. Defense Distributed is basically saying that if youâ€™re not going to be allowed to buy larger magazines in the near future, you can print them yourself â€” if, that is, 3-D printed weapons donâ€™t fall into legislatorsâ€™ own crosshairs.
In recent tests at a gun range near Austin, Texas, Defense Distributed fired a total of 342 rounds using the magazine with no issues, according to the groupâ€™s founder, Cody Wilson. The group fired 227 of those rounds using full automatic fire, while swapping out the barrels on the rifle to keep them cool. The group also uploaded a promotional video, seen above, demonstrating a portion of the test.
I’m sorely tempted to work up some kind of 3D printer / metal shop open-source co-op. That would be an awesome diversion from this GDMFSOBing chemo.
Which, FWIW, I had to deploy the cattle shears last night and I’m now de-coiffed. Naturally, they are predicting lows in the 30s for the coming week. But I have a toque!