Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed more reports on breaking news that affects the firearms industry, gun ownership, gun regulation, and other topics.
The $12,000 1911 That’s ‘Grown,’ not Machined
In the Cheaper Than Dirt! Forum several days ago, we noted the recent availability of a 3D printed metal handgun produced by Solid Concepts Inc. of Austin, TX. Solid Concepts announced it will make and produce a limited run of 100 1911 3D-printed metal guns using the same file, process and engineering as the very first 3D-printed metal gun they made two months ago. However, they’re going fast.
Solid Concepts announced the successful completion of the world’s first 3D-printed metal gun on November 7, 2013. The M1911 series 3D-printed metal gun reached over 1,000 rounds of firing without failure on November 21, 2013, and continues to fire, successfully nearing 2,000 rounds. The company released plans to manufacture and sell 100 limited edition 1911 3D-printed metal guns, and Eric Mutchler, project manager for Solid Concepts Inc., said, “We have about 45 serial numbers still available.”
These limited run 1911 3D-printed metal guns will be built and serialized with the option of unique customization using Solid Concepts Additive Metal Manufacturing technology. Each 3D-printed gun will be manufactured using Inconel 625 and stainless steel components. Post machining and hand polishing will complete the manufacturing process and each assembled pistol will undergo 100 rounds of test firing.
Solid Concepts is offering buyers the chance to tour their Texas facility to see their gun being printed, and to join their lead additive manufacturing engineers on the range for the first test firing of its limited 1911 gun.
“This is a chance to own a piece of history,” says Vice President of Marketing Scott McGowan.
The serialized 1911 3D-printed metal guns will be priced at $11,900 while supplies last. The gun will arrive in a wooden showcase box with a 3D-printed metal plaque describing the unique qualities of the pistol and a certificate of authenticity. Sales began Thursday, December 19.
1911 3D-printed Metal Gun Technical Specifications
- Weight: 2.25 lbs. empty, no magazine
- Width: 1.3 in.
- Trigger Pull: 5 lbs.
- Sight Radius: 6.4 in.
- Sights: Standard GI with square notch rear
- Barrel Twist: 1: 15.8, 6 grooves
Colorado Bans Drones for Hunting Use
After a YouTube video of an unalarmed moose being spotted by a drone went viral, many hunters are saying use of the aerial devices is an unethical way to find game animals — and the state of Colorado apparently agrees.
Norwegian technology blogger and drone experimenter Eirik Solheim posted a remarkable YouTube video showing a moose in Norway being spotted and approached by a drone. Solheim did not suggest the drone should be used to scout game — he merely shows that a small drone could find and get close to an animal without alarming it.
To forestall drone use in hunting, last week the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission voted to make Colorado the first state to make it illegal for civilians to use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for hunting.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Southern Rockies coordinator Tim Brass said, “We think it gives the hunter an unfair advantage. As the technology progresses, you’re now able to locate animals without having to walk and work for them. That effort and skill makes hunting what it is.”
The regulations approved by the commission ban the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for any hunting or scouting in Colorado. UAVs, or drones, are increasingly popular in civilian hands and there are videos on the Internet of the machines being used to spot, stalk and hunt wildlife.
Do you think other states should ban drones for hunting? Let us hear from you in the comment section.
Editor’s Note: Our staff articles are supplemented with reporting by SHOT Business Daily, reprinted with permission. SHOT Daily, produced by The Bonnier Corporation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, covers all facets of the yearly firearms-industry show. To view a 2014 digital version of SHOT Daily, click here.