Ol' Backwoods is puttin' together another AR, this time in .300 AAC Blackout. That got me thinkin' about how little use the big-city, statist, tyrannical, gun-grabbin' Progressives' gun control plans are for actually limiting the possession of guns. Technology is always advancing, but gun control is stuck on stupid, back in the '60s.
To wit, this is a gun:
Well, for the ATF's purposes, anyway. This is a stripped AR-15 lower receiver, one of Ol' Backwoods favorites from New Frontier Armory LLC, lightweight as a hollow reed in a swamp. When put together with a stock and 16" upper, makes a nice, lightweight semi-automatic rifle that Ol' Backwoods can pack for miles.
(And yes, Ol' Backwoods DOES hunt with an AR; they're pure-dee poison for wild hogs and coyotes.)
The lower in the picture up yonder was transferred to Ol' Backwoods on a Federal Form 4473, which the ATF can come and grab from the gun store at any time, even though there's a federal law that says they ain't supposed to use 'em for registration.
This is also a gun. No Form 4473 needed.
That's Defense Distributed's downloadable AR-15 lower, printed on a 3D printer. Sure, it cracked after a few rounds, but all technology has to start somewhere:
After that test, they analyzed the stress areas:
... and beefed up that part of the lower. (Ol' Backwoods uses AutoCad Inventor for stress analysis, but I think that there's SolidWorks.)
Given that Ol' Backwoods has access to a few of them fancy 3D printers, he might just give it a try. It worked pretty good with an FN 5.7mm upper:
As long as there are people around with skills, guns can never be truly banned. What we can't buy, we will make. Just like my Granddaddy did.