Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
The ignorance about firearms is astounding.
Printing ammunition will not happen because you cannot print a brass cartridge, or, more to the point, gun powder. It's far easier to just buy ammunition at the store. And you can make black powder, but why bother when you can buy it totally unregulated, or at the very least get it out of fireworks?
The 3D printed guns themselves are worthless garbage. The reasons are twofold: reliability and accuracy. Accuracy with these things is ridiculously low because the plastic deforms under pressure. It bulges outward around the bullet, causing gas to escape around it, slowing the bullet. The barrel as a whole warps, causing your point of aim to shift, so the bullet could go anywhere.
Reliability is obvious. These things are very likely to explode in your hand and kill you, rather than the person you're aiming at.
Finally, when I say they're "one shot", I don't mean like a one-shot shotgun where you fire and reload. I mean one shot as in you fire once, and afterward the gun is a twisted piece of broken plastic. This will happen with any round more powerful than .22LR. One guy made a gun that can fire a dozen or so rounds of .22LR (reloading each time), but it still broken in the end.
And gun companies don't care about this. They do not give a flying copulation. Plastic guns will never be able to compete with actual firearms in a meaningful way, at least not in the next 50 years.
Polymer rounds exist in the capacity of being 100% plastic, with the exception of the primer/powder.
In fact, police use them now to practice, considering the ammo shortage.
The public cannot buy, the 100% polymer, I do believe it only comes with a lead bullet but, they DO exist and if you know where to look you CAN get them.
Secondly, accuracy doesn't matter when you can walk up to the individual after going through a metal detector, unchallenged...When you're wanded, unchallenged...Then you produce the item and...bam, out comes the 9mm/45acp polymer round...If you placed your shot properly, you now have one dead target.
Earlier this year, a reporter took the plastic "revolver" with the polymer round, through the most secure airport in the entire world, took a cab to his hotel and fired the round...