YouTuber Builds Doom’s BFG Out of Lego

Lego is the defining toy of a number of generations, offering almost unlimited creativity in how it can be used. We’ve seen a complex computer case built entirely from the popular construction toy, but now Youtuber “ZaziNombies” has created a replica of one of the most well-known guns in all of video gaming history, Doom’s BFG 9000.

ZaziNombies has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to his Lego creations, which often focus on a great number of weapons from a huge number of popular franchises. Some of the Lego replicas already under his belt include the nuke-launching Fat Man from Fallout 3, Frostmourne of Warcraft fame and a large number of the guns seen in the Call of Duty series. All of these pale in comparison to the Lego BFG, which is the largest and heaviest gun he has ever built and is an amazingly complex build. The finished model is made from around 5000 individual lego bricks, including a number of translucent and light bricks and weighs in at 20 pounds. The real version may weigh a lot more (if it existed), but that is certainly a lot of weight for a Lego model.

Considering the lack of reference material for the iconic weapon, the level of detail that has gone into the model is incredible and includes a number of smart construction techniques in order to bring the whole thing together. For a full rundown of the model, check out the video below and get a glimpse into how the BFG may look in reality.

Real Handgun Transformed into Nintendo Zapper

A US company has transformed a Glock pistol into a Nintendo Zapper, the light gun used with NES classic Duck Hunt. The makeover, though, is merely cosmetic; rather than turning the semi-automatic pistol into a light gun, it remains a standard handgun, only with a nifty repaint.

Images of the modified gun came to light after being shared by Texas-based machine prototype Precision Syndicate LLC, who created the custom gun for an unnamed customer, on its Facebook page. “Finally… We were waiting for someone to let us do this,” the post reads. “We weren’t the first to do it but WOW, this glock turned out good!”

The Nintendo Zapper first launched in 1984, allowing NES gamers to aim and shoot at their TV screen, most famously in Duck Hunt:

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While the design itself is impressive, some people have taken exception to a lethal weapon being made to appear like a toy.

“I hope Nintendo lawyers shut this s*** down,” one Facebook commenter wrote. “This is NOT within the ideals of the company (Nintendo actually asks game designers to tone down violence because its audience is the entry market… Aka, young children). These guys need to grow the f*** up.”

“The fact that this exists is why cops don’t have the time to make the decision of its a toy or a gun,” another complained.

Precision Syndicate responded to criticism, posting the following to Facebook:

Glock Made To Look Like Nintendo Zapper

What happens when real weapons meet light guns? A Texas firearms manufacturer has taken a Glock and made it look like a Nintendo Zapper, a light gun from an age past.

The Nintendo Zapper shipped with Nintendo Entertainment Systems back in the 1980’s, featuring the classic two-tone greys and red writing that marked every single Nintendo console for a generation.

Precision Syndicate of Midland, Text are the ones to have created the custom design, posting on Facebook their finished work, with the overall results gaining a few mixed results from people.

One commentator has said that while they are “all for gun rights” they are a little hopeful that this particular model is “going in a case somewhere for display only”, others have been more aggressive saying that gun lovers could undo what “Nintendo tried to avoid doing back in its day”, with fears about video game violence raising questions about if putting digital guns in people’s hands would only cause more violence.

Others have defended the action, saying that the Nintendo Zapper is so old if someone was to carry it, people would automatically recognise it as a real firearm and not one of the original zappers. Either way, it has raised questions about how similar you can make a fake gun to a real one and about the reversal, turning real guns into fantasy looking models.

12-Year-Old Girl Facing Criminal Charges Over Emoji Use

A 12-year-old girl from Fairfax, Virginia, USA has been charged with threatening to commit an attack against her school in a post on Instagram, The Washington Post reports. The offending message in question contained no direct threats, nor any verbal intent that the girl meant harm against her school or anyone within it. However, the content of her message, included particular ideograms that have been interpreted by police as demonstrating intent to harm others.

Her message read:

Killing ?

“meet me in the library Tuesday”

? ? ?

The use of a gun, knife, and bomb emojis in a message regarding her school’s library were deemed enough by Fairfax police to charge the girl with a criminal offence, after staff at Sidne Lanier Middle School were made aware of its content on 14th December, 2015. Due to her age, the police and courts has not released the identity of the girl.

“She’s a good kid. She’s never been in trouble before,” the girl’s mother said. “I don’t think it’s a case where there should have been charges.”

“I think something is definitely lost in translation,” defense attorney Pratt said, referring to the police misinterpreting the use of emojis by teens. “These kids are not threatening cops, they are just trying to say, ‘I’m tough.’ It’s posturing.”

“Emoji are new enough that people are finding their footing,” Tyler Schnoebelen, a linguist and founder of a company called Idibon, added. “Almost all of these cases have emerged in the past couple years. They are all going into fresh legal territory.”

Dalia Topelson Ritvo, Assistant Director of the Cyber Law clinic at Harvard Law School, thinks that the semantics of emojis are even more fluid and dependant on context and intent than words.

“You understand words in a particular way,” Ritvo said. “It’s challenging with symbols and images to unravel that.”

Despite the charges filed against the girl, a spokesperson for Fairfax County schools has called the alleged threat “not credible”.

Self-Destructing Bullet Patented by US Army

One of the largest contributors to technologies growth is the armed forces, with people looking at everything from mounting rail-guns to ships to being able to inject a sponge into people to stop gunshot wounds from bleeding. The latest patent that the U.S. Army has filed for though is designed to prevent harm, in the form of a self-destructing bullet.

.50 calibre bullets are designed to be used in large guns, with everything from a sniper rifle to a mounted machine gun firing them off with their range and size often making them the round of choice for long distance engagements. This puts you at the risk of firing bullets that may not stop where you want them to. This may no longer be the case though thanks to a patent filed by the U.S. Army.

Researchers Brian Kim, Mark Minisi and Stephen McFarlane didn’t feel rounds had to keep going. Two years after filing for their patent it was approved, allowing for a new design of bullet that would have a “timed” lifespan. Designed to ignite the second the round is fired, the countdown would begin, ending with the bullet ending its travel once the reaction reaches its final stage.

McFarlane stated that “the biggest advantage is reduced risk of collateral damage”. While the design is based and tested on the .50 calibre rounds, the patent extends to the method used in creating the new form of rounds, meaning that it could be used in everything from small handguns to large calibre weapons.

Obama Orders Study Into Smart Gun Technology

Smart guns are nothing new, they are the concept of using technology to not enhance guns but to make them easier to track and ensure they are used by the correct people for the correct reason. It would seem though that President Barak Obama hopes that smart gun technology can be used to stem gun violence in the U.S.

In a memorandum, the departments of Defence, Justice and Homeland security were told to look into smart gun technology. Obama is rumoured to be using his authority to push forward extra gun control measures in his last year, within the statement he stated that “developing and promoting technology that would help prevent these tragedies is an urgent priority”.

Smart guns would allow guns to be outfitted with radio frequency trackers, or even fingerprint scanners, which would allow lost or stolen weapons to be traced more easily and then require authorisation to use the weapon in the way of a fingerprint scan respectively. Alternatives include having a small watch device on your wrist, with the gun only discharging when the watch and the weapon are within a certain range, thereby limiting the number of people that can pick up and use the weapons with ease.

With 90 days to report their findings on the study, the concept has already come under fire from the national rifle association with a spokeswoman Jennifer Baker saying that “there is nothing in this set of proposals that would improve public safety“.

With these requirements and the idea to licence anyone selling firearms, not just in store but also at events or online, the idea of limiting or tracking firearms more effectively seems to be at the core of the new proposals.

It will be interesting to see the results of the studies and the subsequent comments from the NRA and government authorities regarding Smart weapons as upgrading anything with technology is often seen with sceptical eyes from everyone.

Image courtesy of the Verge.

1882 Patent Gives a Whole New Meaning to the Word Overkill

We mostly associate a patent and technology with modern times,. Our computers, and our inventions are the primary things to gain a patent, but it is something that dates way further back than you first expect and the patent offices have had plenty of work to do for quite a long time. These days we mostly hear about the wars fought between the market giants such as Apple and Samsung and lately even between NVIDIA and Samsung in the courtrooms all over the world and the weapons that they’re wielding are patents.

Luckily all of these patents are harmless in themselves but the 1882 patent application for a mousetrap could be a dangerous one. We all know of the default snap traps used like we saw in cartoons to catch the rodents, but this one by James A. Williams of Fredonia, Texas is a little different as it uses a revolver as part of the trap.

The southern part of the US has always had a special reputation when it comes to firearms and that goes especially for Texas, which also might be the reason for the added bonus in this invention. It can also be used to keep larger rodents, AKA burglars, out of your home due to the added bonus where “this invention may also be used in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or window to which it is attached.”

While this is kind of funny, I’m personally looking forward to some more technology related patents and inventions that will revolutionize our world once more. What huge new invention are you hoping to see next? My faint hopes still lie on holographic displays and maybe even rooms or will we start to see an end to patents as a whole as we’ve seen from electric car manufacturer Tesla and it’s CEO Elon Musk?

Injectable Sponges Approved For Public Use

Two years ago we reported on the injectable sponge, a concept that was designed to help save lives on the battlefield. The concept is a simple one. Upon receiving a gunshot wound, you can use the syringe to inject the tiny sponges into the wound. Once in the wound, the XSTAT 30’s sponges will expand and absorb in total around a pint of blood, in the process blocking the wound and reducing the blood loss from the wound. While authorised for military use the XSTAT was not authorised for use outside of the battlefield, that was until now.

Originally designed to help combat wounds such as shrapnel or bullets in areas of the body where traditional approaches may not be viable, such as in the groin or the armpit, the XSTAT can treat any wound in a similar fashion.

With the XSTAT’s dressing usable for up to four hours it can be used as a quick reaction to a potentially fatal wound while the victim seeks further medical help. As a result, the XSTAT 30 has been cleared for “high risk for immediate, life-threatening, and severe hemorrhagic shock and non-compressible junctional wounds”, with the condition that emergency care for the wound can’t be retrieved immediately.

From the FDA’s ruling, the XSTAT 30 has not been approved for areas where traditional methods can be used, such as the chest, abdomen or tissue above the collarbone. The XSTAT could save hundreds of lives and for such a small device, I’m sure people will be grateful to the creators and the ones who can now use it.

How Many Laser Pointers Would You Need in Order to Kill a Human?

Scientists seem to have a lot of time on their hands if this is anything to go by, but hey ho, if you quite liked the idea of world domination while using a death ray, then this article is for you.

A single laser pointer is not anywhere near powerful enough to inflict a nasty end on one’s enemies due to having a power rating of 5-milliwatts. According to James Kakalios who is a physics professor at the University of Minnesota and the author of “The Physics of Superheroes”, what a job that is, makes the point that it’s in reality quite tough to kill a human being with lasers. But he did have a go at explaining it by stating that the most effective way to use a laser on a human is to “target the eye and thus melting the brain”, blimey, he must be fun at dinner parties.

So, how many lasers would you need? Well, according to Rebecca Thompson of the America Physical Society, you would need a laser at approximately 1KW, this equates to around 200,000 laser pointers. You would also need each laser pointer to focus through a lens on one spot with the aim of concentrating enough power. Every laser beam would also need to be in a “semi-circle with a radius of about 5.5”, so in theory you could buy 200,000 “laser pointers before mounting them on a Sphere with a radius of 5, 5 and aim them all through a lens.”

So yes, there you go, now you can in theory build your own death ray, well sort of, (quick disclaimer, eTeknix would advise that no one attempted to build their own death ray, we do want readers that are not melted.)

On a side note, below is a video that shows this concept being conveyed at an insane level, a Youtuber who goes by the username “styropyro” has built his own Laser shotgun which has a combined power of 40W, as you do. Guns are a problem within society, let’s hope no one decides to use laser weapons instead.

How Effective Is Body Armour Against An Assault Rifle?

This question is like a Russian roulette version of popular website Wikihow, anyway, body armour is deployed with the aim of being an essential form of protection against the most violent of circumstances, quick but interesting fact on this, the term “bullet proof vest” is not actually correct, manufacturers describe their products as “bullet resistant” and by doing so this places a mental caveat that ensures the user feels aware that they are in fact not indestructible.

Back to the original point, how effective is a body armour-plate? To test this in a practical way, a Youtube channel by the name of “Demolition Ranch” decided to shoot at a piece of body armour while using an ARAK-21 XRS gun, if you’re wondering, this gun is a hybrid of both the AR-15 and AK-47. The Facebook page of Demolition Ranch describes itself as “making you smile with guns” only in the US.

Below is the video, after conducting the experiment it was found that a piece of ceramic body armour could absorb 8 rounds before finally being breached, this is theoretically impressive but the effectiveness would depend on factors including distance etc. Body armour has a ceramic layer that is designed to break up the bullet and a composite layer of fabrics to hold the bullet from wounding the individual.

Body armour does indeed work and offers a good level of protection against, well death, but as good as the armour is, it can still be penetrated with dire consequences. The maker of the gun that was used in the experiment is a company by the name of Faxon Firearms; according to their website it states the company are “proud defenders of the 2nd Amendment”, too bad this cannot be amended, oh wait.

Thank you gizmodo and faxonfirearms for providing us with this information.

Army Wants Automated Defences For Their Bases

Security is of key importance for a lot of people, be it locking your door before you leave for work or having your phone so you can call people if something happens. We all like that kind of security, but some are most vested in developing it beyond what we currently have.

When it comes to the Army, security is even more important where the perimeters of their bases are at stake. A new prototype being tested at Fort Bliss is looking at replacing the three or four guards in a tower by one in a command bunker. The new system, dubbed ‘Tower Hawk’, looks to pack a Browning 50 caliber machine gun and a .338 Lapua sniper rifle atop a tower that can be unpacked in less than an hour by six soldiers.

The system was revealed at the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 16.1, an event that is designed to allow NATO members to share their new technologies. With all the stations wired together it means that one soldier can replace several on lookout duty, with the ability to defend their outposts from the safety of a bunker.

With a person controlling the system, and the ability to look out and defend the output while protecting lives all through a networked system.

Thank you Engadget for the information and image.

Handgun Attachment Makes Bullet Non-Lethal

A company based in California, titled Alternative Ballistics, specialises in (surprise surprise) creating alternatives to traditional firearms. Their latest creation is used in conjunction with your everyday gun, however, and it turns your fatal round to something a little more friendly.

Titled ‘The Alternative’, the small device clips onto the front of your firearm, and when fired catches the propelled bullet along with the metal ball at 80% less force than the bullet was originally fired at. As shown in the animation below, the bullet is effectively caught by the metal ball before carrying on its path. When it finally reaches its destination the ball shape increases the impact area so much so that the chance of it actually piercing flesh is minimal while still hitting its target with enough force to knock a person down, in a similar fashion to a bean bag round.

Due to it being a simple attachment to the muzzle, the one-time device can be equipped alongside flashlights and sights with no impact on the guns normal use. The orange plastic ejects after firing meaning that you’re free to continue use without adjustment mid-operation.

With its simple to use nature and easy installation Alternative Ballistics hopes that police forces around the world could soon adopt ‘The Alternative’ as a quick way to incapacitate targets which can be carried around and ready for use at a moment notice.

Thank you Gizmondo for the information and the images.

North Dakota Police Will Utilize Weaponised Drones

Drones used to be a thing of the future, small robotic creatures that would fly around and swarm the skies. They would be included in Hollywood blockbusters such as Terminator and even the ones where they help us survive such as in Transformers. With devices that can seek and destroy from ground level to your forty story apartment, they were quickly developed and created for everyday tasks. Now with thanks to a lobbyist from Dakota the first drones with weaponry might soon see deployment.

With recent years, fears over drones carrying weapons are known to have caused a ruckus in many circles, with people like Steven Hawking requesting that drones avoid automation in order to reduce the threat from them. The Rick Becker’s bill would have seen that all drones in Dakota could not be equipped with weaponry, but an amendment by Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association, has banned the drones from carrying anything deemed a lethal weapon. This means that less lethal tactics such as pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons and even Tasers could soon see deployment at the bottom of a drone.

The initial bill was created to force police to obtain a warrant before using a drone to collect evidence while also banning weaponising the free flying devices. With this sudden escalation, all eyes will be on the Dakota police and how they choose to deploy drones with anything other than a camera.

Thank you The Daily Beast for the information.

Image courtesy of Gary Friedman (Los Angeles Times).

Man Shoots Down Expensive Drone

Drones may be the future, but owners certainly need to take a bit more responsibility while flying them if this tale is anything to go by. A gentleman by the name of William H. Merideth looked skyward and noticed a Drone was flying over his property, so he acted the same way any American with access to war grade weapons would, he took aim and shot it down.

According to an account of the incident, Mr Merideth’s shotgun blast hit the Drone and the hardware crashed within a short distance of his home. When police arrived to investigate why there was ammunition being fired, Merideth admitted that he shot down the Drone because it was flying over his home. Mr Merideth then gave an interview to propaganda Republican 1 channel Fox News, which he explained his actions with the following statement

I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property.’ Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky…”

Owners of the Drone were slightly angry considering the machine was estimated to be worth $1,800 (£1152.75) they also claimed that they were only shooting photos of a friend’s house when the incident occurred. Police arrested Merideth and charged him with first degree criminal mischief before promptly releasing him the next day, law enforcement gave what was left of the crashed Drone back to its owners.

I haven’t really any sympathy with both parties, on one hand William Merideth should not have really shot someone else’s Drone down, on the other hand, don’t fly a machine over someone’s house. It will be interesting to note how police handle this in the future, if the fore mentioned gentleman does not receive a punishment, it will be shoot a Drone season arriving down a street very soon.

On a side note, what is wrong with the gun owner? There are ways to resolve conflicts rather than taking aim and firing a cartridge into a direction of anything which annoys you.

Thank You wdrb for providing us with this information

This Is Why Strapping a Wi-Fi Connection to a Sniper Rifle Is a Bad Idea

We have come to a point where we embed a lot of technology to weapons, sometimes even too much technology. This is the case of TrackingPoint, a company that makes such smart weapons. One sniper rifle the company produces is so advanced that it would make anyone a pro-marksman when fired. But, as expected for something this advanced, the gun can be hacked.

A group of hackers found a way to hack the sniper rifle via Wi-Fi. Yes, the gun actually has a Wi-Fi antenna that lets you connect and stream its view to other devices. However, the Wi-Fi is off by default. Turning it on, the hackers proved that adjusting some variables can alter the target, so you might be aiming for something, but eventually hitting an entirely different target in the end.

The hack is also very advanced in a way, being able to tap into the ‘root’ permissions of the gun. This means that a hacker can be granted full access to the gun and even lock the user out of it. However, one truly relieving thing is that the gun cannot be fired remotely, requiring manual trigger fire at all times. Hackers can still remove the safety mechanism, so this is still a bit worrying.

From the looks of it, hacking the gun proves to be a challenge. First of all, the Wi-Fi needs to be on, but since most people use sniper rifles in the wilderness and not in their back yard, the likeliness of it being on is next to zero. Even so, the hacker needs to be next to the gun, so as previously mentioned, hiding in a bush with a laptop is also not practical. It might sound next to impossible to hack it, but the hackers tell that malware can be installed on it, so an attacker can somehow hack it at some point and have it targeting or altering stuff at a certain time and place.

All this makes you wonder, doesn’t it? We previously mentioned about machine guns that can target and decide when to shoot and those most likely have Wi-Fi connectivity as well. Once we get to that point where autonomous guns and military machines become more popular, what would happen if someone were to ‘accidentally’ place a malware on one of their networks? Scary, isn’t it? What are your thoughts? Let us know!

Thank you WIRED for providing us with this information

Feds Investigating Teen Who Made Gun-Mounted Quadcopter

An 18-year-old engineering student who modified a quadcopter to carry a four-shot handgun is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Austin Haughwout posted a video of his “Flying Gun” to YouTube, a 14-second clip that has been watched close to two million times, and its popularity has brought it to the attention of the US federal government.

“The FAA will investigate the operation of an unmanned aircraft system in a Connecticut park to determine if any Federal Aviation Regulations were violated,” a statement reads. “The FAA will also work with its law enforcement partners to determine if there were any violations of criminal statutes.”

Though the FAA has refused to comment further on the matter for the time being, the teen’s father, Bret Haughwout has been very vocal regarding the backlash to his son’s creation.

“It’s pretty simple. You’ve got a mechanical engineering student that builds different things, and this is just the last thing that he built. That’s all there is to it,” Haughwout said of his son, a student at Central Connecticut State University.

On the media coverage of the “Flying Gun”, Haughwout adds, “I’d say it’s the liberal mindset. Liberals just want to regulate away everything that people do. Anytime someone goes to do something, they want to put restrictions on it,” misunderstanding the term ‘liberal’ in a way that only an American gun-nut can.

While he’s raving, Haughwout then attacks the semantics of the coverage, growling, “You know what? Stop using the wrong word. It’s not a drone. It’s a quadcopter, just like an RC boat, or an RC car, or an RC airplane, or an RC helicopter.” As long as this weaponised quadcopter is being controlled by a teenager, that makes it much safer.

“There’s a machine gun attached to it […] So what’s the big deal here?” he asks. What’s the big deal, indeed.

Thank you Yahoo! News and Newsweek for providing us with this information.

Automated Gun Turret Can Decide When To Shoot

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long been seen as the answer to many of life’s evolutions, but the question of injecting an autonomous brain into an unknown being has yet to be fully achieved. But this vision could be one step closer to becoming reality, with the development of a gun turret which has the ability to track targets without the need for human interaction.

The weaponry in question has been developed in the city of Daejeon, South Korea by an arms manufacturer who has designed and built a gun turret that’s able to identify, track and shoot targets, theoretically without the need for human mediation. Below is an image which conveys this piece of kit, it packs 50 calibre bullets which is enough fire power to incapacitate a truck The Robot gun has a range of some 4 kilometres which to put into perspective is over 2 miles. it looks like an angry K9.

The gun turret is already being implemented in numerous locations in the Middle East, including three airbases in the United Arab Emirates (Al Dhafra, Al Safran and Al Minad)

While impressive, this technical combat gun raises questions regarding the future, if you fully automate a gun which is able to theoretically decide to shoot someone, you would certainly need a radical re think of the programming behind such decision. The ability to provide refined ethics in a situation is unique to the development over millions of years of the human brain.

Look at it this way, if a child was spotted by the robot walking towards say a group of people while holding a replica gun which in fact is a toy. Will said machine be able to correctly inform itself and hold fire? Or will it compare a toy gun to that if an actual firearm before opening fire. As a gun turret cannot arrest someone, owning to the fact of no arms or legs, will it just shoot everytime it senses danger?

Until AI can fully comprehend all emotions correctly within the laws which govern life’s decisions, I would be extremely wary of automating a gun which can decide who to shoot.

Thank You BBC for providing us with this information

iPhone Gun Case?

Hands up! This is an armed robbery, well not armed, more like an iphonee heist; I would like to see the spell checker correct that. Anyway, a new product which has briefly been shot onto the market had aimed to have a unique selling point by turning your iPhone into a mock gun.

As the illustrative image below demonstrates, the product works by allowing the consumer to slide his or hers iPhone into a plastic handgun frame. This product had been marketed by online retailer Japan Trendshop for a nominal price of $49 (£31.50) this, however, was before the item disappeared from the website with the status being “product not found”

This item is silly, potentially dangerous and could have serious repercussions for the owner. Just imagine strolling into your local bank with what looks to be a gun handle sticking out of the side of your pocket and sounds as if it’s ringing, you will either be laughed at of shot, or both.

Confirmation of the silliness of this invention came from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office who stated in a Facebook post that “A police officer’s job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation,” This point is very valid, if a police officer only has a fraction of a second to determine if this gun is real or not, the consequences could be fatal for the recipient.

I do feel however it’s a sorry state of affairs when a phone case could potentially cause problems within society. It’s a silly invention, but it’s a product which in a different time might have been viewed more light-heartedly instead of having obvious connotations which could be fatal in today’s gun toting world.

Images courtesy of CNN Money and artist Freeport D Art page

Thank You CNET for providing us with this information

3-D Printed Gun Owner Sues Goverment

Say hello to the Liberator. The Liberator when first released was a big deal among the technological and law worlds, it being the first 3D printed gun. Made almost entirely made of plastic the liberator only uses a single metal firing pin, the one shot weapon can easily be printed using an every day 3D printer that are now readily available. The big issue that is coming up recently about it though is not the actual weapon, but the blueprints for it.

Cody Wilson, the inventor and designer behind the liberator, received a letter from the State department demanding that he remove the blueprints from the internet. The reason that was given was that posting the blueprints online would count as exporting firearms to foreign countries and he could face prosecution for violating regulations preventing the sales of firearms to international countries or clients.

Almost two years on Wilson has now filed a lawsuit against the State Department and several officials stating that their letter was, in fact, a breach of their first amendment rights to free speech. The issue arises due to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which is there to govern who can sell weapons to people or countries outside of the US, and when they are allowed to do so. The publishing of the blueprint is said to breach ITAR, in a similar fashion to if they had shipped a crate of machine guns to Mexico.

The lawsuit is not arguing that the blueprints were posted, but whether or not they can actually be counted as a weapon. They state that the blueprints are in fact “speech” and as such are protected under the first amendment so they cannot be censored, both in the real world or online.

This is an interesting argument, with the internet being considered a global resource, the fact that the second the blueprint was posted it was made available to every country in the world could be seen as an export, but the fact that they are discussing if the blueprint, essentially a collection of 1’s and 0’s in code, is actually speech or a product (in this case a weapon) could set the way for court cases in the future, with its resolution not only applying to 3D blueprints but also to games, software or even music in that it could be considered “speech” while in a digital form.

The first amendment is not the only one to be taking a place in this discussion, with the legal team also stating that the second and fifth amendment are also in breach by the State Departments letter and action. The second amendment states that it is a fundamental right to acquire and bear arms, while the fifth protects their right to “due process”, the actual process of legal representation and decisions based on the legality of actions, in this case, the concept that the blueprints and its publications were illegal.

While the first plastic weapon, the Liberator has spurred on a variation of 3-d printable weapons, including revolvers and other weapons, which could be deemed illegal at the resolution of this lawsuit.

To view the full complaint filed click here.

Thanks to 3Dprint.com for the image.

Thank you to Wired.Com for the information. 

World’s First 3D Printed Metal Gun

Solid Concepts has produced the worlds first 3D printed Metal Gun. Not to be confused with the Liberator, which is printable on conventional plastic 3D printers. Solid Concepts users industrial grade 3D printers, which are able to produce metal products that need little to no machining. Solid Concepts isn’t getting into weapons manufacturing, but rather wanted to prove that DMLS was able to perform well for real world applications. In doing so they found blueprints for a 1911, which is public domain, and it was off to the printers.

Solid Concepts, Inc. is based out of California, though they have six facilities in the United States. Their Austin, Texas office is their only office that holds a federal firearms license. The company primary focuses on custom manufacturing, which includes engineering, manufacturing, production and even prototyping. They are able to produce many different products from precision equipment such as specialized equipment to products transportation parts, they are even involved in aerospace and unmanned systems.

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In order to prove that Direct Metal Laser Sintering or DMLS is able to perform well in the real world. Solid Concepts ventured to prove that DMLS is strong enough, and accurate enough for real world applications. The 1911 sidearm was first introduced, as its name implies, and is still used today. The firearm is a single-action pistol, which has semi-automatic functionality, and is magazine fed. Every time it is fired, pressures within the chamber rise above 20,000 psi. Nearly all of the parts were produced via DMLS and consists of 33 17-4 Stainless Steel and Inconel 625 components. It was then decked with a selective laser sintered carbon fiber filled nylon hand grip.

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DMLS is able to take 3D CAD data and split it into sections in order to produce a product then using powdered metal or alloy materials. The process of creating a product with the DMLS is fairly simple sounding. First they print with a metal powder, lower it surround it by sand, heat it up, thus creating a solid piece of metal. DMLS is highly accurate, and it is able to reproduce designs quickly.

Currently this technology is not available to just anyone, costing more than $500,000. These printers are being used in a professional environment, so I highly doubt that we need to worry about finding these on our streets in the hands of thugs.

I want to thank TechCruch for proving us with this awesome information and Solid Concepts for providing us with all of the data that we needed.

 

First Fully 3D Printed Rifle Fired On YouTube

Earlier today we brought you news that the German police had 3D printed some guns to test them, now we see just how dangerous a 3D printed weapon could be as someone creates a fully 3D printed rifle and then test fires it on YouTube.

Uploaded last Wednesday the user calls the video “The Grizzly”, the weapon was created using a 3D printer known as the Stratasys Dimension 1200es, it is said to use the same mainspring firing mechanism as the “Liberator”, widely regarded as the worlds first 3D printed gun.

The user clamped the weapon in a work bench and pulled the trigger with a string (as 3D printed weapons are often said to explode), but the gun successfully fired the round non the less, although the detachable barrel did split down both sides and the receiver fractured from the force of the .22 bullet.

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Thankyou Mashable for providing us with this information.

Delta Six, A Multi-platform Controller That Looks Like a Real Gun

Move out of the way, you just killed me!!!! We have all experienced someone walking in front of us while we are playing a game. The reality of it, they did not kill you, you are still alive, your character on your game died. That simple quote can make all the difference between gaming and reality, and some try to argue that there is no difference. Playing a game, a shooter for example, once everyone is done playing their game, most likely everyone will walk away. Real Life, if you are in a real war environment not everyone will walk away.

Sad but true, which could be the reason that so many people play these games. Though the games can feel realistic, they are artificial, fake, NOT REAL! They are games. It isn’t guns that kill people, it isn’t games that kill people, people who make decisions for their own kill people. That does not make it right, and someone who has not been taught the proper difference between right and wrong, we can find the parents at fault.

First Person Shooters also known as FPS games. Many know that they are just a video game, some might say that they bring to much reality to gaming. Games like Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty take gamers onto the battlefield, into areas where you might have hostiles trying to kill your player. As I was younger I remember my first shooter game, and for some of you, you may remember differently.

The Nintendo Zapper was the first game gun that I remember using, and it was a ton of fun. To this day I am still upset that I couldn’t shoot that damned dog!

Shooter games are popular, though we rarely get a realistic controller/gun to play with. Most of the controllers made look kind of silly.

David Kotkin brought us the Avenger awhile back which was a plastic encasement for an Xbox360 controller. allowing you to adjust your controller for optimum play, though the price seems a little high for just a shell, Retailing for $49.99.

Kotkin has a kickstarter going right now for Delta Six, allowing you to fund the development of a controller that will work with Xbox, PlayStation and PC, as well as working for next gen consoles with a simple patch. With a pledge of only $159 you are able to get your hands on this new controller when it first ships, expecting first shipping in December of 2013. Of course there are different price points, which will give you some cool swag as well.

The Delta Six will have some really cool features, and I would say it is worth at least taking a look at. If you enjoy FPS games this could bring more reality to your gaming experience.

  • Real recoil, bringing a kick to your controller when you use it!
  • Tap the magazine to reload, having the hand motion, instead of hitting a button.
  • IR sensors triggers zoom by looking down the barrel.
  • Move the stock to trigger a melee, to take out that target that is not worth shooting.

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