Printable firearm pioneer and activist Cody Wilson proved recently that it was possible to produce a gun with just a 3D printer and some ABS plastic. The announcement further highlighted the potential of 3D printing technology, and although Wilson later removed the files for making the gun at the Department of State’s request, others are pushing forward with their own advancements.
One such designer decided to use available technology to mix and match firearms. Only known as “Shanrilivan,” the creator has fused parts of a FN P90 with an AR-15. The combination comes into two flavors: a single piece P90 stock/AR-15 lower receiver dubbed the “Charon” and a stock that is meant to be integrated with a printed AR-15 lower receiver named the “WarFairy P-15.”
According to Guns.com, the P-15 borrows from the structure of a P90 to reinforce the buffer extension of printed lower receivers. Wilson had previously designed two AR-15 lower receivers that could be produced with a 3D printer, one that was essentially an improvement over the other. The P-15 stock was created in part to complement the lower receiver’s strengths and double-up on weak points. It can also be printed on lower-cost printers as it was meant to be produced in several parts that will have to be assembled.
While the contraption may look strange, those with 3D printers are already flocking to download the new designs. Files for both the Charon single-piece stock and lower and P-15 are available for download, some of which can be found on github.com.
Following along the same activist lines of Wilson and other 3D printing trailblazers, the creator of the Charon states in the readme included with the printing files:
License: I reserve no rights. Pirate this Gun. Please change name of independant [sic] projects to prevent confusion and avoid incompatibilities.
Another recent innovation is a trio of 3D-printed 12 gauge shotgun slugs demonstrated by Taofledermaus on YouTube and made by fellow shooting enthusiast ArtisanTony. One of the slugs weighed roughly four-tenths of an ounce when packed with lead shot and sized to fit a standard shotgun shell. The demonstrators reckoned it might be the first printed bullet to be test fired, which caused some skepticism regarding accuracy and power. In any case, it was loaded into a shotgun and fired towards an old dartboard.
You can view the demonstration below:
Charon images are freely available renders accompanying 3D printer files