Thursday, November 14, 2013

Smart Gun Technology - No Way, 3D Metal Printing of Guns - Right Around the Corner


Guns dot com

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has just published the results of a McKeon & Associates survey that shows a large amount of distrust of so-called “smart gun” or “personalized gun” technology and any regulation to require its use.

Smart guns are firearm equipped with electronic radio frequency or biometric scanners that disable themselves when not in the right hands. Without the pre-selected RFID tag or palm or fingerprint scan, the guns will not fire.
Although it’s well-meaning safety mechanism, in the end most Americans don’t trust the existing technologies and would be opposed to a smart gun mandate.
You know what's funny about this?  Gun-rights fanatics insist that the million-dollar cost associated with 3D metal printing will soon be so reduced that it'll be available to every idiot with an internet connection but smart gun technology is out of the question.


  1. Mike, I think I've commented here before that if biometric safeties on firearms can be made sufficiently reliable, then I'd be very interested. The problem is that New Jersey and is it California have passed laws requiring these devices based on a timetable after one is on the market and not on any level reliability. And I'd bet that both states have exemptions for police and military. If its reliable enough that the police and military are using it, then I'd consider it.
    For example, the Army recently canceled the program to replace the M4 carbine currently in use because all of the eight candidates failed to meet reliability requirements.

    So if the firearm isn't reliable enough for the police or military, then why is it ok to make me bet my life on it? Keep in mind that there are two potential failure modes in this technology. There is also the times when it fires without authorization which is possibly Mr. Sugarman's concern.
    "If a smart gun did exist what would its effect be, taking into consideration the nature of gun violence in this country?" said Josh Sugarmann, the group's executive director. "Would you place families at risk or people at risk by giving this impression that this is a safe gun? You know, people who wouldn't normally buy a gun, would they buy one now?"
    Read more:

    Would you then be posting articles about idiots who were demonstrating how safe the gun was and forgot they were wearing the chip? Or perhaps where the parent left the chip unsecured and the kid got hold of it?
    How about this for the ultimate in gun safety?

  2. Mikeb, logic clearly isn't your friend. These 3-D printers are simply an advance on old manufacturing techniques. Firearm design is a mature technology. We know how to make guns. But the technology to make a gun that will only fire when controlled by its owner but will always fire when controlled by its owner is something that we don't know how to do yet.

  3. Speaking of "every idiot with an internet connection," the idiot who posted this electronic pollution is apparently so epically idiotic as to be unaware that a so-called "smart gun" has only to fail once to prove deadly to the poor sucker depending on it to work when he really needs it to work.

    A printer, on the other hand, that can help arm those otherwise shackled in the chains of forcible citizen disarmament tyranny, even if only one in ten of the guns it produces ends up being functional, still dramatically improves humanity's lot.

    It will be interesting to see if things like auto-sears made from printed plastic will hold up to heavy use. Defeating the evil of the National Firearms Act (and the Hughes Amendment) would be a small but sweet victory for good over evil.

    1. Fuck you, Kurt. You want to pop in and call me an idiot in your circular slick way, fine. That's your last shot at name calling and personal insulting. You said you didn't want to be a regular commenter again anyway, right?