Ghost Gunner Is Shipping

2015-04-26 21_36_45-Ghost Gunner Release - YouTube

Defense Distributed’s project to produce and sell machines that can create firearms receivers for individual hobbyists is now being realized. “Ghost Gunner” miniature CNC machines are, after several delays, finally shipping. From WeaponsMan:

Cody Wilson sent an update to Ghost Gunner buyers, along with this atmospheric video:

The Defense Distributed email says:

“Today [24 April] the first wave of orders has finally shipped for our pre-order campaign that began all the way back in October! It’s difficult to even count the obstacles we’ve faced since almost that very month, but by your patience and support we are today able to announce our product’s shipment and the release of its design files and operation software to the public. We thank you immensely.

Over 100 units are shipping/will have shipped since the end of last week. Our output is at such a pace that we estimate current backorders from the original campaign will all be fulfilled within six to ten weeks’ time. Our manufacturing processes were difficult to engineer and perfect since December because of our troubled part stream, but we now realize our capacity and are doubling our work force to increase throughput even more than in the past two weeks.”

They’ve also opened up orders for the first 200 of those on the wait list, as opposed to those who already paid and are in the queue (wait list members paid a small sum for a place on the list).

The biggest news, perhaps, is the release of the design files, software and manual.  These files are contained in a .zip that can be downloaded from here or here.

Cody Wilson has become something of a controversial figure for pushing home manufactured firearms (which are explicitly legal in the United States) through new methods such as 3D printing and CNC milling, but in reality Americans have been making their own guns at home for centuries. The greatest American firearms designers got their start making homemade guns: Johnson, Williams, Lee, and Browning are just four examples I can name off the top of my head who cut their teeth making firearms at home. In addition, the same machines that can be used to make firearms at home are also extremely useful for fabricating parts for non-gun products, such as rockets, carts, or aircraft.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Phillip Cooper

    What on earth is an “atmospheric video”??

    • SP mclaughlin

      A video filmed within Earth’s atmosphere?

      • Phillip Cooper

        Would one reasonably expect it to be filmed anywhere else?

        Yes, there are videos formed extra-atmo. But they are so very far beyond the ordinary that it doesn’t bear noting when the video is in-atmo…

        • MR

          Would one reasonably expect Mr. Wilson’s “Liberator pistol” to be a news story? “Hey, look, this guy’s doing the same thing that people have been doing for hundreds of years! Let’s report on it!”

        • Derpus

          I hope you’re not serious, otherwise something hasn’t flown this far over someone’s head since the last time Micky Mantle was at bat.

    • It’s got cool vibes, man.

  • MR

    Are the file Conversational or G-code?

  • MR

    “Doubled our workforce”-Yay! First adopters get their units assembled by trainees!

    • patrickiv

      Doubled from two to four.

  • Romanswinter

    But who is the shipping carrier? Did FedEx or UPS change their policy to ship these?

    • Hinermad

      WeaponsMan’s post has an update that says the’re shipping via U.S. Mail.

  • Ready to Spend

    $?

    • Southpaw89

      $1500 according to their website.

      • Dandy

        For those of us restricted by weird filters at work, I thank you.

    • Jay Silla

      You might also want to know that the DD file for the AR-15 lower assumes that it’s starting from an 80% lower, not a chunk of bar stock.

  • darthcoder

    I loved how Google Chrome instantly marked the file as malicious and attempted to block me from opening the .zip.

    • Mad Marsupial

      Chrome will do that to most .zip files from smaller sites. I wouldn’t read too much into this. But put on your tin foil hat just in case…

  • Bill

    Has it started yet? “Dear ATF, I’ve got this question about this thing…..is it legal to…….

  • AlDeLarge

    I wonder if the ATF will even consider getting a warrant or subpoena, before attempting to confiscate the customer list. A judge or DA might ask what law they’re supposedly violating.