The Future Of Weapons Is Here

Earnest-Pettie by Earnest-Pettie on May. 06, 2013

Like a soldier using stealth techniques, the future has a way of creeping up on you, and before you know it you’re staring down the barrel of its gun. I realized this weekend that the future of weaponry was upon us and no one had even seen it sneak up.

 
 
The Plasma Cutter from the video game Dead Space has been built by a hobbyist. He will not share how he built it, but he will sell you a complete model of your own. Now this it's not as powerful as the gadget from the game, but it works. You can use it to burn holes in things, and with a little more power, you have a useful weapon in your hands. It’s only a matter of time before someone reverse engineers this and makes the how-to available for anyone who wants to build one of these.
So that's a glorified toy, and we've seen things like it before. When it comes to real weaponry, however, footage of the first completely 3D Printed handgun, The Liberator, has been released. More importantly, the files for hobbyists to print their own have been released, too. This may be the first time the ability to create weaponry this powerful has been available to the masses.
While, the creator of The Liberator acknowledges people may use the technology for evil, he feels we gain more from having this technology available for everyone. Or at least everyone who can afford a 3d printer.
 
The future of weapons isn't just cool gadgets. It's the absolute democratization of weapons. Anyone who wants a gun can have one, and people will no longer need to go through a third party to get them. That means we'll finally get to the point these students and the NRA want, where everyone is armed. 
We have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms. This new technology guarantees that that right will remain inalienable. No amount of lawmaking is going to remove this information or the ability to build these weapons. I can’t say that I look forward to a reality in which everyone is walking around armed all the time. The last thing I want is to get caught in the crossfire of a technological arms race, spurred by hobbyists with cool new ideas for guns they can print. That said, I can’t help but be fascinated with where we go from here. What the Liberator and the Plasma Cutter show us is that the arms you are constitutionally guaranteed the right to bear are now limited only by your imagination. 
 
-Earnest (@earnestp on Twitter)
33 comments
legacy27
legacy27 User

If somebody ever breaks in and you can get them to hold still for about 30 minutes or so you might be able to cause some real damage with that thing.

legacy27
legacy27

If somebody ever breaks in and you can get them to hold still for about 30 minutes or so you might be able to cause some real damage with that thing.

StDavid
StDavid User

Why don't we equip the army with this and they can burn tiny holes in our enemies clothes, which will in turn make our enemies mothers really mad.

StDavid
StDavid

Why don't we equip the army with this and they can burn tiny holes in our enemies clothes, which will in turn make our enemies mothers really mad.

StDavid
StDavid User

who wants a blue print for a glorified laser pen

StDavid
StDavid

who wants a blue print for a glorified laser pen

StDavid
StDavid User

I would fancy my chances with just a spoon against that piece of shit.

StDavid
StDavid

I would fancy my chances with just a spoon against that piece of shit.

Denu187
Denu187 User

I was expecting it to fire nails, impaling the plank of wood to the wall... but noo its just a crappy laser pen.

Denu187
Denu187

I was expecting it to fire nails, impaling the plank of wood to the wall... but noo its just a crappy laser pen.

loveskanks
loveskanks User

Methinks Zeeve needs a haircut and, arguably, a real job.

loveskanks
loveskanks

Methinks Zeeve needs a haircut and, arguably, a real job.

dc010
dc010 User

I understand being proud of what you did, but not offering to show people how it's done is just arrogant. It's a bundle of high grade laser pointers on a swivel motor, wired to triggers, using battery for reloading. The most impressive thing on it is the reload function. Until it can blow limbs off like it does in the game, I'm not that impressed. I hope EA sues him for attempting to profit from their visual concepts.

dc010
dc010

I understand being proud of what you did, but not offering to show people how it's done is just arrogant. It's a bundle of high grade laser pointers on a swivel motor, wired to triggers, using battery for reloading. The most impressive thing on it is the reload function. Until it can blow limbs off like it does in the game, I'm not that impressed. I hope EA sues him for attempting to profit from their visual concepts.

OCNEONJ
OCNEONJ User

The gov is very scared of printed guns as they can't be detected by metal detectors and can be any shape. They fear what they can't control, the government will never be for the common man, it is to keep the common man controlled so he doesn't take out the rich

OCNEONJ
OCNEONJ

The gov is very scared of printed guns as they can't be detected by metal detectors and can be any shape. They fear what they can't control, the government will never be for the common man, it is to keep the common man controlled so he doesn't take out the rich

iansan
iansan

Guns misfire, as happened in 3 of the gun rallies held after Sandy Hook. I don't want to be afraid that a bullet will come shooting out of a student's backpack or fire from their hip holster which is usually aimed at me since i'm teaching at the front of the class.

Corpsecrank
Corpsecrank User

That cutter is trash and should be in no way compared with the gun shown. Those 2 things are so far apart it's unreal. That gun does work and IS powerful but the cutter is just a homemade novelty with no real purpose than to LOOK cool.

Corpsecrank
Corpsecrank

That cutter is trash and should be in no way compared with the gun shown. Those 2 things are so far apart it's unreal. That gun does work and IS powerful but the cutter is just a homemade novelty with no real purpose than to LOOK cool.

KealGSeo
KealGSeo User

I don't think the article is referring to the plasma cutter as the future of weapons but that you can now download and print a handgun. You can get 3D printers now for less than 500 bucks and the CAD file is free.

KealGSeo
KealGSeo

I don't think the article is referring to the plasma cutter as the future of weapons but that you can now download and print a handgun. You can get 3D printers now for less than 500 bucks and the CAD file is free.

whitedevil2
whitedevil2 User

almost as effective as bullets. no. no it's not

whitedevil2
whitedevil2

almost as effective as bullets. no. no it's not

Troy-Page-704
Troy-Page-704 User

Wow just laser pointers connected to an on off switch and to a motor that turns the frame. i bet it's a 1watt or a little less. Sorry im not impressed.

Troy-Page-704
Troy-Page-704

Wow just laser pointers connected to an on off switch and to a motor that turns the frame. i bet it's a 1watt or a little less. Sorry im not impressed.

onasphere
onasphere User

Wow! It's as powerful as a soldering gun!

onasphere
onasphere

Wow! It's as powerful as a soldering gun!

lillyandra
lillyandra User

crazy ladies be shooting people for sniffing panties that is just wrong.

lillyandra
lillyandra

crazy ladies be shooting people for sniffing panties that is just wrong.

Buttrocket-McGee
Buttrocket-McGee User

Burning holes in things in your mom's basement looks like a fun way to pass the weekend.

Buttrocket-McGee
Buttrocket-McGee

Burning holes in things in your mom's basement looks like a fun way to pass the weekend.