Daily Archives: February 10, 2013

God bless Texas nerds

Defense Distributed down in Austin has been keeping the nose to the grindstone:

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. Upgrading an earlier design that didn’t hold up particularly well after extended use, it’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 you’re not going to be allowed to buy larger magazines in the near future, you can print them yourself — if, that is, 3-D printed weapons don’t fall into legislators’ 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 group’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!