Ghost Gunner

Building a rifle based on the AR-15 hardware?

Moderators: Charlie-2-6, TravisM.1, Whisper_44, The OA2 Staff

Ghost Gunner

Postby Globemaster » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:56 pm

The Nonsense Stops! … When The Hammer Drops!
Image
User avatar
Globemaster
OA2 Staff - AC/TEAM MEMBER
OA2 Staff - AC/TEAM MEMBER
 
Posts: 20830
Joined: Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:42 pm
Location: Socialist Republic of Washington State

Re: Ghost Gunner

Postby Thom » Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:10 pm

Fascinating! I would bet it would be fairly easy to program to make other aluminium gun parts. Wolverine body halves for example. . . :thumbs up:
Thom. . .

"The only REAL safety is between your ears. . ."

Once a Marine....... wrote:After all we do have plenty of room for all of Gods animals......... right next to the mashed potatoes!
User avatar
Thom
Sniper
Sniper
 
Posts: 2976
Joined: Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:36 pm
Location: Orcas Island Washington

Re: Ghost Gunner

Postby Shermanator » Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:33 am

I've always wanted to mill my own AR15 lowers from 80% lowers.

Interesting how the article forgets that to mention that people are already doing this legally and puttint the required markings on them.

So for under $1500 I can get a machine that will be almost as good as a CNC machine in final product for an AR15, umm, I think I'm going to save up and get one of these :-)
Shermanator
Expert Rifleman
Expert Rifleman
 
Posts: 388
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:59 am
Location: Alabama

Re: Ghost Gunner

Postby Thom » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:22 pm

If I somehow won the lotto I would be able to finance my dream hobby/job. I really want to do multi-axis CNC work and SML 3D metal printing. I would love to be able to manufacture complete guns and do parts production runs for other gun makers, sadly though, without a major cash infusion I don't think a new startup could bootstrap itself into the industry and be able to pay off the startup cost in a reasonable timeframe.

There is a beauty to SML that I am completely infatuated with. Imagine copper or brass AR15 or 10/22 receivers. Damascus stainless/blue carbon steel receivers printed and then properly heat treated. Or even cooler, stainless receivers with manufacturer's logo and serial numbers done in blued carbon steel (which can be done with multi-head machines). Even gold filled engraving could be printed.

Admittedly, there are not that many volume production machines available yet, and those that are there are just far to spendy, but that could change in the near future. And 3D printing won't do everything. Some parts would still have to be heat treated after printing and pieces like springs still need to be machine wound, and machined screws will probably always be cheaper (and stronger). The precision does exist to print barrels but they need to be printed on a mandrel, so it would likely be cheaper to just machine them, but pretty much everything else can be printed.

Exciting technology that could eventually spell the end of many traditional major manufacturers in a wide range of industries as manufacturing starts to shift from big globals to smaller local suppliers.
Thom. . .

"The only REAL safety is between your ears. . ."

Once a Marine....... wrote:After all we do have plenty of room for all of Gods animals......... right next to the mashed potatoes!
User avatar
Thom
Sniper
Sniper
 
Posts: 2976
Joined: Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:36 pm
Location: Orcas Island Washington

Re: Ghost Gunner

Postby Globemaster » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:54 pm

Thom wrote:I really want to do multi-axis CNC

I’d be happy with just a simple lathe; I’d like to learn how to turn brakes and bolt-knobs; then maybe I’d be interested in a multi-axis tooling device.
The Nonsense Stops! … When The Hammer Drops!
Image
User avatar
Globemaster
OA2 Staff - AC/TEAM MEMBER
OA2 Staff - AC/TEAM MEMBER
 
Posts: 20830
Joined: Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:42 pm
Location: Socialist Republic of Washington State

Re: Ghost Gunner

Postby Thom » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:27 pm

Globemaster wrote:I’d be happy with just a simple lathe; I’d like to learn how to turn brakes and bolt-knobs; then maybe I’d be interested in a multi-axis tooling.


I have an 8" x 18" and an 18" x 108" lathe and a 36" vertical mill, none of which do I have any shop space to use at present, they languish in storage. *sigh*
Thom. . .

"The only REAL safety is between your ears. . ."

Once a Marine....... wrote:After all we do have plenty of room for all of Gods animals......... right next to the mashed potatoes!
User avatar
Thom
Sniper
Sniper
 
Posts: 2976
Joined: Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:36 pm
Location: Orcas Island Washington

Re: Ghost Gunner

Postby Globemaster » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:24 pm

Thom wrote: they languish in storage. *sigh*

along with my 'free-time' too ... I'm sure it's buried in the garage somewhere? :mrgreen:
The Nonsense Stops! … When The Hammer Drops!
Image
User avatar
Globemaster
OA2 Staff - AC/TEAM MEMBER
OA2 Staff - AC/TEAM MEMBER
 
Posts: 20830
Joined: Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:42 pm
Location: Socialist Republic of Washington State

Re: Ghost Gunner

Postby weet » Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:52 pm

Shermanator wrote:I've always wanted to mill my own AR15 lowers from 80% lowers.

Interesting how the article forgets that to mention that people are already doing this legally and puttint the required markings on them.

So for under $1500 I can get a machine that will be almost as good as a CNC machine in final product for an AR15, umm, I think I'm going to save up and get one of these :-)




If you do.... i for ones would be very interested in seeing how it turns out.
i started this life with nothing'
kept most of it.
User avatar
weet
Sniper
Sniper
 
Posts: 2932
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:40 pm
Location: deepintheheartofamerica


Return to AR-15 Uppers, Lowers. & Misc. Pieces

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

cron