The Future Of Buying Gun Parts

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

On Demand 3D Printing and CNC’ing might one day change how we buy firearm parts. Instead of finding a retailer with a product in stock, we would buy the part from an intermediate company which would print or machine the part on demand, then ship it to us. The creator of the part would get a percentage of the profit after the materials and labor expenses. Much like buying an app from the Apple App Store.

A Spanish reader emailed me to show us a battery compartment replacement part he made for the Magpul PDR airsoft carbine which allows a bigger battery to be squeezed into the grip. The part can be ordered from, a 3D printing marketplace. Shapeways will print the part on demand and ship it anywhere in the world.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Bradykyle Bradykyle on Aug 08, 2013

    Well there are plenty of stores where you can easily buy gun parts. They have a great stock for varieties of guns, you just need to place an order and they will not charge anything for shipping their product. One of the good examples of such shop is that could be of help.

  • on Sep 27, 2013

    The Internet has revolutionized the human experience. Definitely 3D Printing and CNC’ing will one day change how we buy firearm parts. Very much appreciate your insights on this very important topic. Keep blogging!