Need a coat hanger?

Over on, link left cold on purpose, has some interesting coat hangers for sale.

Lesser websites like Wired, report the horrifying news that these “coat hangers” are actually terrorist machine gun parts.

Turns out, these coat hangers are actually 3d printed drop in auto sears. Made by “boogaloo boys” terrorist groups.

Alright, I’m done writing, laughing too hard.

I wouldn’t recommend ordering one, as the site might be a .gov honeypot.

3D Printed 40mm Rounds

My previous tests with 3D printing 40mm projectiles failed. Printing them with my usual 15% infill had these projectiles weak enough that the force of the propellent charge would blow a hole right though the projectile.

I saw online someone else was having the same issue with the projectiles, but they reported they were able to 3D print 40mm shell cases and get two uses out of them.

This peaked my interest, and I revisited the problem.

I printed a couple different pusher designs, and a solid projectile. I also printed a case based off the standard 40mm training casing.

I loaded the solid 3D printed projectile into a case, and I had a cracked blue nose-cap, so I glued that to one of the printed pushers. The resulting projectile was extremely light, and I was unsure if it would fly correctly.

The printed projectile impacted low and bounced over the berm, so I didn’t get to recover and inspect it. I would hope it would be reusable, but even if it wasn’t, it would still be cheaper than the training rounds.

I’m not sure what happened to the other projectile (the pusher with glued on cracked cone). With it being light weight, I’m not sure if it flew off where I didn’t see it, or broke apart in flight. In the video, it sounds like it impacted the berm.

I had cracked the mouth of the case prior to firing it when I was trying loading various projectiles into it.

While this might look like a failure, I would call it a specular success. First, it worked. Secondly, there are no reinforcements in this printed test part. The printed 40mm case design could be reinforced, heavily. And third, a printed case could be made to use more commonly available 9mm or 45 auto brass. That way even if the brass failed with each shot, it would still be cheaper to reload.

I’m going to have to play around with this a bit more.

ATF’s Attempt To Bog Gun Purchases Down In Paperwork

House Republicans Fight ATF’s Attempt To Bog Gun Purchases Down In Paperwork

OCTOBER 21, 2020 By Jordan Davidson

More than 100 Republican U.S. Representatives signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday asking him to ensure recent changes to gun-purchase processing will not effectively ban Americans from lawfully exercising their Second Amendment rights.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) recently changed its rules that formerly allowed contractors to “assist law-abiding Americans” with filling out their National Firearms Act (NFA) forms, which can be complicated and confusing. NFA applications are required for certain firearms such as short-barreled rifles or specifically modified shotguns as well as silencers.

“We need to ensure this process allows Americans to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado. The letter also points out that “the ATF’s actions run contrary to Congressional intent and the Bureau’s previous promises.”

“Allowing these companies to continue serving the public only simplifies the eForms submission process provides an important level of quality control and helps taxpayers overcome technical instability and scaling issues with ATF’s current e-filing system,” the letter explains.

Dave Matheny, the owner of Silencer Shop in Austin, Texas, who supports Congress’s action on the issue, also noted the ATF has been inconsistent with the third-party rules, sometimes excluding them from assisting with filling out any digital forms, which can be filled out and processed faster than paper.

“Third-party processors can help you complete the forms, it can help you submit forms, they can collect your signatures  they can do pretty much everything,” he said. “But then [ATF] basically cut third-party processors out and said ‘You can submit on paper, but you cannot submit electronically.”

According to Matheny, the ATF’s NFA application process require lots of time, effort, and money, which means many people can get discouraged in the bureaucratic process and effectively lose their constitutional right to defend themselves. That’s why the contractors were so important.

“What happens is, over time, as these forms get more complex, people go to more and more to third-party processors like Silencer Shop to essentially fill out the paperwork for them,” Matheny explained.

Signatories on the letter included House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise