US Army fires 3D-printed grenade launcher

The US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has successfully fired the first 3D-printed grenade from a 3D-printed grenade launcher. Part of a demonstration of how such technology can be used to greatly speed up prototyping and modification of weapons while lowering costs, the grenade launcher, called RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), was based on an M203A1 grenade launcher and every component, with the exception of the springs and fasteners, was manufactured using additive manufacturing.

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Murder rate in U.S. cut in half over past 20 years while gun ownership increases


Last week, the Pew Research Center reported that the murder rate was cut nearly in half from 7 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2013. Over the same period, overall gun deaths (including accidents and suicides) have fallen by one-third from 15.2 to 10.6 per 100,000.

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What happens when an ordinary man 3D prints and assembles a gun, then takes it to the police department?


Brett Kuxhausen

We have seen a lot of amazing applications for 3D printing, but there is one particular application that has overshadowed some of the more positive uses, and that is the 3D printing of firearms.  3D printed guns aren’t necessarily a bad thing, in the wrong hands they certainly can be. Unfortunately the media has picked up a couple rather innocent stories pertaining to such fabrication, and used them to portray the future of the technology as being part sinister.



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The 3D printed gun movement – meet the American ‘crypto-anarchist’ who wants everyone to print their own guns


3D printers allow people to print guns, but just because we have the ability to do so doesn’t mean that we have to.  But, of course, there will be someone who is going to do it. And that somebody isn’t just going to print their own guns, but they’re going to make it their cause, and devote their time and energy to making sure other people can too. That person, in America today, is 25-year-old Cody R. Wilson.




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Will 3D printing technology make gun control impossible?

Second Amendment advocates want to make acquiring arms as easy as downloading a file and hitting Print.

Technological advances are about to make the gun debate in the United States a whole lot more intense. Forbes highlighted a project last week called Wiki Weapon that wants to prototype the world’s first fully printable gun.



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Record number of guns bought by Americans for Christmas


The actual number of guns bought may have been even higher if individual customers took home more than one each.

Over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December, according to the FBI. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.

Suicide Rate Among Middle-Age Continues to Rise


Suicide rate between ages of 45 to 54 continues to rise.

For the second year in a row, middle-aged adults have registered the highest suicide rate in the country, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Historically, the eldest segment of the population, those 80 and older, have had the highest rates of suicide in the United States. Starting in 2006, however, the suicide rate among men and women between the ages of 45 and 54 was the highest of any age group.


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Awesome Futuristic Vision Of Military Robots With Guns


Military robots with guns

Robotex Inc is one of the plethora of companies out there that are working to bring intelligent weapon wielding robots to reality.  From the limited information on their website we can’t say much about whether Robotex’s robots are ever going to come to much, but perhaps these guys have a future in robotic video editing.

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Navy Tests New Railgun


Freaking Awesome

The Navy is hoping that their newest 10 megajoule railgun (topping their old pathetic 9 megajoule) will replace the standard 5-inch guns on most of their ships. Projectiles fired at this energy level reach about 5,600 mph, but the Navy isn’t stopping there. They have their eyes set on a 64 megajoule system capable of shooting at over 13,000 mph and hitting 5 meter targets from 200 nautical miles. Videos after the jump.

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Lebanese Food Served With A Bang!


A Bang Up Menu

A fast-food restaurant in Beirut’s war-torn southern suburb has hit upon an explosive way to attract customers.

Buns and Guns is made out to look like a military post and diners eat to the sound of gunfire instead of muzak.

Owner Yousef Ibrahim presents rebranded Lebanese favourites like the “rocket-propelled grenade” (chicken on a skewer) and “terrorist bread”.

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