The man behind the world’s first fully 3D-printed handgun is now selling a $1,299 machine that could make untraceable semi-automatic weapons an at-home convenience.
Cody Wilson, a digital gunsmith and founder of the organization Defense Distributed, is calling it “The Ghost Gunner.” This rifle would be completely off the books, obtained without any regulatory procedures. Wilson is a self-identified anarchist and gun rights activist, who advocates for 3D printing technology used to make firearms.
The Ghost Gunner uses CNC milling technology, designed to produce a lower receiver for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle — a piece that acts as a sort of foundation for a gun. It’s the part of the gun that’s classified as a weapon.
Rather than using a aluminum block, the website suggests starting with an “80% lower,” which are easily obtainable lower receivers that are about 80% finished. With a few touches, they’re good to go.
“Just follow a few simple instructions to mount your 80% lower receiver, tighten a couple screws (with simple tools we provide), and on day one, Ghost Gunner can help you legally manufacture unserialized firearms in the comfort of your own home,” says the Ghost Gunner’s website.
Because the lower receiver is the most regulated piece of firearms, getting one’s hands on the other parts wouldn’t be nearly as difficult. Guns that do not have serial numbers are known as “ghost guns” by some gun control advocates, and the Ghost Gunner’s name is a riff on that. Selling unlicensed gun bodies is illegal. Manufacturing them, according to Defense Distributed, is not.
In an interview with Wired, Wilson compares firearms without serial numbers to toothbrushes without serial numbers. The Ghost Gunner is a stand against “statist” politicians who fear weapons and advocate for gun control.
“Our strategy is to literalize and reify their nightmare, to give them the world they’re talking about,” he said.
Wilson is a self-identified anarchist and gun rights activist, who advocates for 3D printing technology used to make firearms.